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The ways to listen to the radio online

Updated on January 25, 2016

In a previous Hub, I had discussed how the internet had played a massive part in letting people listen to radio stations all over the world.

However, that was merely the tip of the ice berg. In fact, you’re not solely confined to your computer when you want to listen to radio online. Rather, there is a wealth of different internet ready radios that you’re able to buy that will allow you to listen to internet radio all around the house (presuming that your WiFi signal is strong enough).

Opting for a dedicated device

When buying an internet ready radio however, there are some things you should look out for. The first is if it is actually internet ready, or WiFi ready. These can be two completely different things and it makes the selection a lot more confusing.

As the name suggests, internet ready radio is one that will allow you to head to the web address of a radio station and listen to the music playing directly. However, in the case of some WiFi radios these are not all the same. Whilst some do allow you to listen to the internet via your WiFi connection, some do not.

Rather, they instead merely use your WiFi connection to boost the signal to your radio so you’re getting the best possible reception and sound from it. This is quite different and if you’ve bought one thinking that you can listen to the radio online by mistake, it can be a costly error especially if the company you’ve bought it from refuses to take it back off of you.

Of course, for many people the more conventional way to listen to radio online is via their smart device or PC/laptop, but it is good to know that the option is still there for them to branch out in different ways.

Beware of the pitfalls

Regardless of how you do go about listening to the radio online though, there are still some things you should look out for. One such thing in both internet radios and also listening on a PC etc. is that (especially in the case of the internet radio), you need to make sure that the quality of your broadband is sufficient to carry out this task.

This is actually pretty in depth and can cover many topics. The first is the download speed of your broadband. Whilst it is a lot faster than dial up, not all broadband connections are created equal. This is largely due to geographic limitations.

For example, some people may have a download speed of 100kbps, whereas some can have a download speed of 800kbps. As someone who has experienced both, it really does make a huge difference in terms of stream media.

At the end of the day, no matter if you’re using an internet radio, or listening to it through your computer, smartphone etc this can have a huge impact on how often the broadcast stutters and buffers as it tries to keep up with the constant pulling off information from the server that the radio station is located on .

The other factor in all of this is the strength of your WiFi connection. This is especially true if you’re accessing internet radio via a wireless device. Whilst you may have super-fast broadband, if your WiFi router is out with the desired range of your device then you’re going to be running into buffering issues.

This can easily be rectified by either moving your WiFi router into a more convient location, or if that isn’t possible, there are a wide array of boosters on the market that will aide you in upping the strength of the signal that your WiFi router gives out.

Have fun!

The thing about listening to the radio online is that it is meant to be as fun an experience as possible. There’s a wealth of different radio stations out there to listen to and you’re able to find a whole different genre of music with relative ease. You might not like everything that you listen to, but the good will definitely outweigh the bad.


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