Whether it’s just to wake you up to in the morning, or a need to find out about the latest traffic and travel as you leave to go to work, or to listen to news, sport or debate; radio is a big deal – and Internet radio is the next bigger step.
Most people know about AM/MW, FM and DAB radio nowadays – but with Internet radio, it’s not such a common thing to have – but has massive advantages.
It’s been around since the early 1990s, but only now are people understanding the benefits of it due to super-fast broadband connections.
Here we’ve got the top five benefits that Internet Radio gives you over bog standard ways of listening.
Radio – and lots of it
We cannot stress enough about just how much radio you can choose from with an Internet radio compared to standard old school AM/MW, FM and even DAB.
The Vatican City even has stations you can listen to! Almost every country in the world is available with a station to tune in to, so the chances are you won’t be missing out!
Perfect if you’re in a poor signal area
Not all areas are great for radio signal in the UK, and admittedly broadband connections in some areas are still a little bit problematic – but in some areas it may be there are no relatively close main FM or DAB transmitters or even a relay transmitter.
With some kind of connection to the Internet however, you can take advantage of getting the same stations and more without worry of poor signal strength (remember if your broadband is a slow download speed, this may have some effect in regard to buffering).
No need for an aerial / antenna
This ties in with previously to a degree.
No-one really likes having an aerial or antenna to deal with.
We’ve got radios at BuyCleverStuff which are a simple wire antenna cable that often is pinned to a wall with tape or sticky tack, or a telescopic aerial which you can never understand how it can extend that long but needs to be sometimes in the most exact position to find a signal!
With Internet radio – there’s none of that problem. Connect to your WiFi or if the device allows – plug in from your router. That’s it! No messy wires or walking around aimlessly trying to pick up a station!
It’s rare to find it the case with FM stations, but you often need to return DAB radios every so often because of there being more stations added to the broadcasting network.
Whilst it’s great to have even more stations than ever, updates can happen sometimes without any prior notice (there are usually big national campaigns for major updates but not so much for regional updates).
Internet radio doesn’t suffer the same fate – no specific signal or frequency to correspond to – no need to grab the manual and decipher where the retune button is…
Now we say this cautiously – but for the most part, there are few advertisements on Internet radio.
All stations need to generate income to broadcast in some way, Internet radio stations require it but FM and DAB commercial stations need a heck of a lot more to pay for their licence, the multitude of staff, premises and other bits and pieces that help run stations.
However Internet radio is a lot less needy in that sense – costs for stations are usually very low for those that are a little bit more unique and community orientated, plus many Internet radio stations play royalty-free songs by artists that may not be global stars, so you’ll find this cost cutting measure gets you less ads!
Just be careful however – Ofcom in the UK cannot apply rules for product placement and endorsement by stations and presenters of Internet radio in the same way as FM or DAB which may irritate you if your favourite presenter or station likes something you really don’t!