This topic may seem better suited for another About.com Guide, except that I just reviewed two mainstream home audio components with an Internet Radio tuner built-in. The Yamaha RX-V3800 AV Receiver and the Pioneer Z-X9 Stereo Network Receiver include Internet Radio as one of the many sources that can be enjoyed.
What is Internet Radio? We’re all familiar with terrestrial broadcasts in the form of AM and FM stations and more recently XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Internet Radio is the next generation of radio broadcasts that spans every conceivable genre of music, talk, opinion, sports, etc. Instead of a terrestrial broadcast, Internet Radio is heard through an online connection.
Internet Radio gives a voice to the common man. In a way, Internet Radio is to listeners what a blogging is to readers – a way to get out your message to those who want to hear it. There are literally thousands of Internet Radio stations from every country on the planet that can be accessed on your computer or on an Internet Radio enabled home audio component. From Kandahar to Keokuk average citizens are offering music, talk or other radio programming for the world to hear.
While perusing the selection of Internet Radio stations as part of my reviews, I found everything from liberal and conservative political talk to police communications in cities far from my home and everything in between. I even located air traffic control and railroad dispatch communications.
To enjoy Internet Radio you need a computer or an Internet Radio equipped audio component connected to the Internet. If using a computer, conduct a search for the different Internet Radio providers online and download the appropriate application. If using an audio component, read the owner’s manual to learn how to listen to Internet Radio.