Internet Radios (July 2007)
Internet Radios provide the capability to listen to streaming
music played over the Internet and to record that music. It provides
built-in buffering to ensure static free reception.
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the
following application for your Internet Radio program needs:
Internet radio broadcasts are typically achieved using streaming technology
using a lossy audio codec. The most popular codecs are MP3, Ogg Vorbis,
WMA, and RealAudio.
Options for creating an audio stream include SHOUTcast, Streamcast, MuSE, and
Many internet radio stations correspond to a terrestrial radio station, where
the content mirrors that being broadcast over the airwaves.
Other internet radio networks, such Live365 and SHOUTcast, create a playlist based
on your inputs as to the type of music you like.
This review is concerned with the software used to play and record streaming audio from
internet radio stations. Such software can typically separate and save individual
songs. One common difficulty in recording internet radio is eliminating/minimizing
DJ or commerical content from the audio stream.
Internet Radio Databases & Customized Radio Stations
These websites provide access to multiple radio stations, or else provide you
with your own, customized playing lists.
Internet Radio Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from an Internet Radio.
Each of the candidate programs will be ranked against how well they
implement these features. As the review continues, the list of features may change.
- Automatic song separation
- Save files under the name of the song
- Uninterrupted play
- Radio URL database
- Multiple threads
- Formats supported (MP3, wav, ogg, wma
- Noise/hiss removal
- Simple interface
These are the programs included in this review.
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other Internet Radio programs that should be considered,
or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.