Internet Radio is a radio service which can be opted through Web. Hence, it is also known as radio or stream player radio. In this, audio service is transmitted through Internet. The distribution is known as webcasting. It gets transmitted through wireless services. The media or audio which is streamed is accessible to listener without anyinterruption. The stream of voices and signals can be replayed, paused, and similar to normal broadcast media.
Advantages of using Internet Radio:
The Internet radio is not same as podcasts. The podcasts do not provide facility to download.The download facility is offered along with streaming. You can save the playlist and replay it again. The Internet radio provides many other facilities such as news, music, talk shows and lot more. In short, the internet radio is similar to normal radio. It plays everything which is played on normal radio.
For the people with business idea of starting up internet radio, the happy point is that the start-up cost of internet radio network is very low. It does not cost as much as a real radio station.The audio service is also comparatively less.Most of the web radios are often run as an independent source and have no connection with normal radio stations. Since, the service is provided through internet, it can be accessible from anywhere across the world. The main requirement is a good quality internet connection.Even if you are a listener who is settled in Antarctica, you get Internet radio service from any part of the world even in such extreme places.
Some internet radio services are restricted and limited to few countries or in-country service only. Due to licensing issues, these restrictions have been implemented. It can be played via internet service on normal home personal computer or laptops. The streamed audio is in the format of MP3, OGG, Windows Media Audio service, Real Audio and MP4 service.