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Chapter 11. Play It Loud: Upgrading for ... > Application #6: Listening to Interne...

Application #6: Listening to Internet Radio

Although most music lovers use the Internet to download digital audio files, there's another good source of music online—real-time audio “Webcasts,” commonly referred to as Internet radio.

Many real-world radio stations broadcast over the Internet using a technology called streaming audio. Streaming audio is different from downloading an audio file. When you download an MP3 or WMA file, you can't start playing that file until it is completely downloaded to your PC; with streaming audio, however, playback can start before an entire file is downloaded. This also enables live broadcasts—both of traditional radio stations and made-for-the-Web stations—to be sent from the broadcast site to your PC.


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