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Chapter 21. Using iTunes > Listening to Internet Radio

Listening to Internet Radio

Depending on your connection speed, Internet radio could be your ticket to a whole new world of music. Unfortunately, most dial-in modems result in poor sound quality, but DSL and cable modem users can listen to much higher-quality streams. To see what's available and start listening requires only a few clicks:

1.
To display a list of available streaming stations, click Radio in the Source pane. After a few seconds of querying a station server, a list of available music genres is displayed.

2.
You can expand each genre to show the stations in that group by clicking its disclosure triangle. Stations are listed with a Stream (station) name, Bit Rate, and Comment (description). The bit rate determines the quality of the streamed audio—the higher the bit rate, the higher the quality…and the higher the bandwidth requirements.

3.
Double-click a station to begin playing, or select the station and then click the Play button. iTunes buffers a few seconds of audio and then starts playing the streaming audio. If iTunes stutters while playing, look for a similar station that uses a lower bit rate.


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