Internet Radio Made Easier

Internet radio can be a huge undertaking. There are a zillion stations to pick from, and finding one that fits your preferences can be tiresome. An internet radio directory offers some order from the chaos.

Streamfinder.com is one such directory. It offers options for both listeners and broadcasters. Basically it's an aggregator, meaning they provide access to stations' servers participating on their site.

There are close to 14,000 stations to choose from, and they can be searched by keyword, artist, or genre. Signing up(free), enables you to save your favorite stations.

Their base genre list includes NPR, talk, reggae, alternative, rap, country, jazz, techno, 60's, 70's, 80's, easy listening, electronica, hip hop, jpop, kpop, latin, world news, and the option to add stations for you broadcasters out there.

For those out there interested in broadcasting, under thestart streaming link on the main toolbar are complete tutorials on accomplishing this.

Since I'm primarily a listener(at least right now), let's focus on that aspect. What's cool is when you pick a genre, they give what appears to be a simple list of stations.

Ha Ha, but looks can be deceiving, for when you click on a link you get the stations' profile page including bitrate info, which media players, stream format (mp3,aac etc.), recently played songs, primary station format, any associated tags, other stations geared toward the primary station format, and a listing of similar genres.

For example, I chose funk, and got 222 results on over nine pages, which is the most funk listings I've seen short offers straight Google results. I also like the brief description of the genre shown as part of the page as well.

Genre listing links similar to funk hip-hop, rap,funky jazz, soul, popfunk, nu jazz etc., some of which may be worth pursuing.