Physical music sales plummeting doesn’t mean that music isn’t treasured anymore. Thanks to the rise of streaming service, favorite tunes from around the world are accessed via streaming services as compared to physical sales. It’s because of the rise of streaming services that people can access any track or album from any location – home, offices, colleges – all they need is an internet connection.
The rise of streaming services hasn’t just introduced services such as Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music to us. It has also brought about a complete transformation in the internet radio industry. Today, you’ll find dozens of quality websites broadcasting radio stations from across the world. These multichannel radio station networks work as an aggregator and boast anywhere between 5,000 to 500,000 radio stations on their network.
What is Internet-Radio?
Internet-Radio as a website differs from the term internet radio. Former is a platform where you can find nearly 30,000 radio stations whereas the latter is a term used to described radio services over the internet (includes everything radio streaming related).
Why should you stream Internet Radio?
We’ve seen most of these massive radio directories boasting anywhere between 10,000 to 50,000 radio stations. Internet-Radio sits pretty at 28,453 radio stations which are expected to cross 35,000 by the end of 2020. I love the diverse stations on this network – primarily from across the globe.
There’s absolutely no shortage of genres on this website. Some of the top genres that I listen to on this website include Smooth Jazz, Classical, Classic Rock, Country, Rock, Ambient, Dance, Oldies, Trance, Chillout, House, Reggae and Deep House. However, there are many other genres such as Hip Hop, Techno, Hindi, Pop, Psytrance, Soul, Progressive, Drum & Bass, Disco and Punk.
Start your own station
I love platforms that offer opportunities to indie creators to establish themselves. By allowing you to start your own station on their network, Internet-Radio provides exposure to its millions of monthly users. You can make station heard with original content and make it stand out among the other 28,000+ radio stations. What’s amazing is that if you have Shoutcast or Icecast servers, you can get started for free.
If you have any questions regarding any topic, you can make use of the forum. First, there’s an in-depth guide under the Radio Support Forums along with FAQs which clears most of the questions you have regarding the website. An active forum is a sign that the service provider cares about its user and isn’t using the website as a source of passive income.
Internet-Radio has an amazingly active community. Right from the developers providing great support to people engaging on the network. Internet-Radio allows you to not just be a passive listener but an actual volunteer. Thus, if you’re a station searching for a DJ or vice versa, you can find a match using the community section.
How to access Internet Radio?
You can access the Internet-Radio website either by typing the keyword internet-radio or by using the following link: Internet Radio. If you already know about the website and would like to share it with your friends and family, you can use the social icons on the homepage for quick sharing.
Bland would be an understatement. Anyway, I don’t expect a lot from a free radio streaming website and thus I wasn’t that disappointed. Not every service provider can be on TuneIn Radio or Radio.net’s level. The only disheartening aspect is that the service has nearly 30,000 stations, I don’t understand why the developers work on making the website more intuitive and user-friendly? Not only is the layout vague but the intrusive display banners just leave a sour taste in your mouth.
Upon visiting the website, the first thing that you’d see is the simple header with a white/grey gradient. There are four main elements – Listen, Broadcast, Discuss on the left and a search bar on the right. Each category on the left has detailed options, let’s check them out.
When you click on listen, you’ll have vertical options which are basically genres you can choose from to get started. There are many popular options such as the 70s, 80s, Ambient, Blues, Chillout, Classical, Drum and Bass, Easy Listening, Heavy metal, Hip hop, Jazz, Metal, Oldies, Psytrance, Reggae, Rock and many more.
The broadcast tab on the website has three sections – First section features ‘Start your own station’ and ‘Prices’, the second section has ‘Guides’ and ‘FAQs’, the third section has ‘Control Panel Login’.
Under the discussion tab, you’ll find four sections – the first section has Forum Home and Contact Us, the second has Support, FAQs, Guides and Pre-Sales Questions, the third has Volunteering, Shows, and Music, and the fourth has Chat, News, and Feedback.
The Hero Section on Internet-Radio has to be the most turnoff aspect on the website. I just don’t get it – why as a developer you’d fill the entire website with genres? I mean you could have a colorful banner or classic black/grey banner to flow with your website. But no, there’s this cluttered list of genres with ads right underneath the main section.
On to the part which I actually like on the website. The body section has two columns – Featured Radio Stations and Popular Radio Stations. This section looks premium and feels right visually. For each category, you get the name of the station, what’s currently playing on that station, a link to the source, genres detail and finally a play-pause option. If you scroll further, you’ll get two options – Free trial for 7 days & Add Station if you’re a Shoutcast or Icecast member.
Under the membership option, there are four forum threads – News, Volunteering, Radio Show and Music. You can access each of these treads if you want to engage with the users on this platform.
Inner pages replicate the body section on the homepage. I like it as it flows evenly. If you click on any genre on the homepage, you’ll be taken to an inner page which will have a host of radio stations that they a particular genre. For instance, if you click on Drum and Bass, you’ll get options such as Dance UK Radio, Sound Fusion Radio, Party Vibe Radio, Underground FM and ZOMP Radio. Each of these radio stations is accompanied by stats – Listeners, Quality and classification (Featured or Popular station).
If your local music collection is something you’ve grown tired of, turning back to the radio is always a good option. Especially with internet radios available across the web, it’s easier to listen to any channel you want from around the world on a website. Just choose the genre you want to listen to and you’ll get a list of dozens of radio stations that play the genre of music you love.
Internet-Radio allows you to access nearly 30,000 radio stations along with podcasts within a few clicks. Listen, Broadcast and Discuss in the world of internet radio on this platform. Tune in to thousands of internet radio stations live and access over two dozen genres.
I accessed Internet-Radio through my Pixel 3a and I had a decent streaming experience. Though I have to admit that most of the channels are low quality and only a few of them offer 320kbps bitrate. For instance, when I browse through Drum and Bass category, only Party Vibe Radio offered HQ, rest all the other stations where under 128kbps or less. In my opinion, 128 is still acceptable but 64kbps simply isn’t.
Plans & Pricing
Internet-Radio is free to stream. However, there are intrusive banner ads that you’ll need to deal with from time to time.
Suggestions I have for Internet Radio
My suggestion to Internet Radio would be similar to the one I have given to other free radio streaming services – work on the graphic and design part. Make the new users feel at home by creating an appealing homepage. Once that’s done, focus on placing the ads well – don’t focus on maximum CPC but rather an amazing user experience.
Internet Radio is a radio streaming service that you should definitely check out. There are some good quality channels on the network which you can enjoy. The description of each station is detailed and thus you can learn about the station before clicking on it.