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Listening to Internet Radio

Many real-world radio stations—as well as Web-only stations—broadcast over the Internet using a technology called streaming audio. Streaming audio is different from downloading an audio file. When you download a 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.

Internet radio can be listened to with most music player programs. For example, Windows Media Player has a Radio Tuner tab that facilitates finding and listening to a variety of Internet radio stations. In addition, many Internet radio sites feature built-in streaming software or direct you to sites where you can download the appropriate music player software.


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