Internet Radio

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What Does Internet Radio Mean?

Internet radio is an audio service that uses the Internet as a distribution medium of broadcasting instead of the traditional radio waves. The proper term used for internet radio is webcasting, as it is not actually broadcast through wireless signals. It is a form of streaming media where content is usually provided live instead of being prerecorded like some podcasts.

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Techopedia Explains Internet Radio

Internet radio refers to audio services that are transmitted via the Internet. Most are associated with a traditional radio station that simply streams its content over the internet in simulcast with traditional radio signals.

Other internet radio stations are independent. The beauty of internet radio is that it has a global reach. Anyone, anywhere with a PC, mobile device and web browser can to connect to an internet radio station.

Internet radio may also refer to standalone devices that connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or a local area network (LAN) in order to stream Internet radio audio services. These devices are usually shaped like traditional FM radios for nostalgia, while some manufacturers use a modern design approach.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret Rouse
Senior Editor

Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.