Certainly since World War Two, and in particular since the Millennium, technology has advanced at an increasingly faster rate to change many areas of our lives. This is especially true when it comes to means of communication. This is particularly highlighted when considering the advance of domestic radio broadcasting and reception. Although pioneered in the early 1900’s with crude boxes full of electronic valves, today’s radio receiver is so small it can be hidden in almost anything. Until relatively recently however, the domestic receiver (of whatever size) had to be in line-of-site of the broadcast signal it was designed to received. Come the 1990’s and all that changed with the roll-out of the internet and the establishment of the World Wide Web. This has led to the introduction of a new means of transmitting radio station signals, known as ‘Internet Radio’. The many advantages of this type of broadcasting has made itself felt by multplying the number of radio stations a person can choose from by many thousands at low or no-cost other than acquiring an appropriate receiver.
A typical internet receiver currently available is shown in the following video.
Traditional radio stations have required a physical presence at their home base that is large enough to accommodate the broadcast transmitter equipment and production staff etc. and it is usual for any normal size town to only accommodate one or possibly two such stations. This is still true even though over the years, the advance of technology has often reduced the physical volume of equipment involved. With Internet Radio however, the physical transmitter is no longer required. The radio signal is now distributed and received over the internet. The radio station itself is just another web site, which can be accessed from anywhere in the world that a listener has the facility to ‘go online’, search for and then access that normal web site. The receiver no longer has to be within ‘line-of-sight’ of the transmitted signal and is no longer dependent on the power output of the transmitter. You can be anywhere in the world that has internet access and receive crystal clear reception of any number of music, entertainment, talk radio, sports radio or many other genre of radio channel.
The fact that the physical presence is no longer required, and that everyone has ‘free’ access to the internet itself, means that with the aid of low-cost computer equipment and software, anyone can set up an internet radio station easily and cheaply. Thus programs from this radio station can then be received by anyone, anywhere in the world, who has his own small computer with internet access.
This explains how and why the numbers of available internet radio stations is thousands of times greater than traditional ones. To find and access internet radio stations, assuming you have online access, only requires that you browse the net via a search engine to the particular radio station you like to follow, alternatively browse for your particular genre of music (eg. Country Music) by searching for ‘Country music internet radio’ and taking your choice from the search results. You will also find some websites that act as directories, by listing available internet radio channels by genre, artists etc. that could be used as your radio hub.
It has to be said that not everybody wants to use a computer to listen to the radio. This now recognised in so far as most normal domestic radio manufacturers have now incorporated internet radio facilities directly in to their normal models. So if you are in the market for the best internet radios to choose from, I would suggest a visit to http://bestinternetradioschoice.com where you will find reviews on many of the best internet radios available today.