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Internet radio (also known as web radio, net radio, streaming radio, online radio and e-radio) means

transmitting radio programmes, from broadcast radio stations as well as from independent online only providers, via the Internet, i.e. streaming digital radio content via the TCP/IP protocol.[1]


Internet radio involves a streaming medium that presents listeners with a continuous "stream" of audio over which they have no control, much like traditional broadcast media; in this respect, it is distinct from "on-demand" file serving. Internet radio is also distinct from podcasting, which involves downloading rather than streaming. Many Internet radio "stations" are associated with a corresponding traditional (or "terrestrial") radio station or radio network. Internet-only radio stations are independent of such associations.

Internet radio services are usually accessible from anywhere in the world. Internet radio remains popular among expatriates and listeners with interests that are often not adequately served by local radio stations (such as progressive rock, ambient music, folk music, classical music, and stand-up comedy). Internet radio services offer news, sports, talk, and various genres of music—every format that is available on traditional radio stations.

Internet companies have experimented with a range of business models — including advertising, per-download fees, and monthly subscriptions — to try to make the business of providing online audio content financially viable. As in other Internet industries, it remains to be seen which models will take hold and how they will evolve.[2]


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