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Listening to Internet Radio at Home presented by Shark Systems

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

With the rapid expansion of wireless Internet coverage in recent years, Internet radio has become more accessible and mobile than ever. Traditional radio is limited by transmitter strength and the broadcast spectrum available in an area. Internet radio can be heard all over the world, with stations accessible wherever there is a sufficient Internet connection. The number of stations is essentially unlimited, and the barrier for entry is low. While traditional radio is highly regulated and not everyone can broadcast easily, getting set up in Internet radio is much simpler and less expensive. With thousands of online radio stations across hundreds of genres, consumers can choose from a full spectrum of options.

Internet radio is delivered primarily in two ways: through downloads or as streaming audio. Downloadable content must be saved to the listener’s device, whether a computer, an MP3 player, or another option. Streaming audio can be listened to without being stored. This makes it appropriate for freestanding Internet radios like popular models from Aluratek or Sling Media, data-enabled smartphones, or computers. Live broadcasts can even be received online from thousands of stations that stream audio as it is produced.

At Shark Systems, we sell a number of popular devices used to listen to Internet radio without needing to go through a computer. Known as network media players or digital media receivers, these devices connect to your existing home theater or audio system and allow you to pipe audio or video from the Internet straight to your speakers or television. Network media players can work for both television and radio consumption and allow people living outside the range of traditional broadcasting to enjoy a wide range of programming.