There is a wide range of variety of Internet radio stations with different features that users can pick from. One of the most popular is the Pandora. It uses a technology called the Music Genome Project. This is a music information system that classifies songs based on different distinct characteristics so it could deliver music according to the tastes and interests of different individuals. Another Internet radio station that is well known is Live 365. This Internet radio station allows users to build their own Internet radio station that can reach a global audience. This site has thousands of stations created by the public and it covers more than 260 genres of music.
Types of Internet Radio
Internet radios are classified according to the service they provide.
- Internet radio show – This is an individual radio show with one or more hosts. It can be aired live or pre-recorded. It is broadcasted either on a radio station or as a podcast from an individual website.
- Radio station – This is a group of live and/or pre-recorded scheduled programs that are grouped together and broadcast through a single channel of distribution.
- Radio Network – This is a 24 hour daily radio station which is linked to other radio networks and broadcasts a common program theme in a specific format, such as music, news or talk. It is contracted by another media channel for play or simultaneously broadcasted on other media channel.
- Radio Aggregator – This is a radio streaming service provider that provides streaming service for a single radio station or where hundreds or thousands of different radio programs with different themes are grouped together and share streaming services as one radio station. It may or may not be linked to other radio networks to simulcast or syndicate its stream.
- Radio Syndicator/Simulcaster – This is an individual broadcast entity that picks up, links and broadcasts many Internet radio stations or Internet radio networks streams to broadcast them on their site.
- On Demand Radio Archive – This is an individual Internet radio show or radio program from a Radio Station or Radio Network which has been archived and it makes it available for listening at any time directly from their website.
- Podcast Aggregator – A podcast streaming service provider offers streaming service for hundreds or thousands of different podcast program providers without any particular theme which are collected together to share streaming services.