Guides

This section of our web site is for information related to anything to do with internet radio whether it’s listening, broadcasting or setting up your own station.

How to upgrade to ShoutCast version 2

Given it’s age, lack of support and Radionomy’s recent warning to broadcasters about their plans to de-list ShoutCast D.N.A.S versions 1.9.8 and below from their directory of internet radio stations. The following is a straight forward guide to upgrading to version 2.x from Shoutcast 1.9.8. How to upgrade ShoutCast from… Read more »

Embed Your Radio Station Into Any Web Page Using HTML Only!

The following is a guide to embedding any internet radio station’s audio stream into a web page using a single line of HTML only. The code for which is very easy to use and supported across the widest array of web browsers including pretty much all of the mobile web… Read more »

A guide to the iTunes Radio directory

The iTunes radio directory is a handy client for browsing internet radio stations. The browser itself is built into the iTunes software client and can be accessed through means of the highlighted radio tower icon visible in the picture below. Within the directory all the available radio stations are organized… Read more »

What is radio imaging?

Radio imaging consist of a montage of spoken text and special effects mixed to produce branding content for radio stations, DJs and live events. These effects might involve voice recordings, introductions, sweepers, promotional messages and station jingles. The goal of which is a to create a sound montage which helps… Read more »

A guide to setting up an internet radio station

Here is a guide to building an internet radio station. 1. Station themes. The first question is to ask yourself what do I want to broadcast? Whether it’s talk, music, noise or something else entirely, you’ll need to consider what your aim is. Once you’ve chosen a theme you’ll need… Read more »

What difference is there between Shoutcast and Icecast?

You really have to options when it comes to choosing a steaming audio server solution, Shoutcast and Icecast. Now from a technical standpoint there’s a great deal of similarity between the two, however there are reasons to chose one over the other as we’ll see here. First it’s worth mentioning… Read more »

Choosing an MP3 bit rate for internet radio

Having settled on MP3 as a format for your internet radio station you’ll need to choose a bit rate to broadcast at. The term bit rate refers to the number of individual bits of information used to model the information stored in a file, with MP3 bit rates represented in… Read more »

A guide to the biggest and best internet radio directories

It can be a challenge promoting a new internet radio station in today’s market space crowded with tens of thousands of stations. So this article will focus specifically on the goal of getting your station listed in all the major radio directories. These are the directories with the biggest audiences… Read more »

How does internet radio broadcasting work?

Streaming technology is used to distribute Internet radio, typically using a lossy audio codec. Where loss less formats lose none of the original sound quality in the creation of the audio file and lossy do. An example of a loss less audio formats would be FLAC. Streaming audio formats include… Read more »

How do you listen to internet radio?

Internet radio is typically listened to on a standard home PC or similar device, through an embedded player program located on the respective station’s website. In recent years, dedicated devices that resemble and offer the listener a similar experience to a traditional radio receiver have arrived on the market.

What is internet radio?

Internet radio is sometimes referred to as web, net or streaming radio. It’s a form of audio broadcasting over the medium of the internet as opposed to terrestrial radio which uses land based transmitters. Internet radio shouldn’t be confused with podcasting which involves downloading prerecorded content after the fact. Many… Read more »