Portable Internet Radio - What Are the Options

First of all, what is meant by portable internet radio The definition used here is internet radio that can be listened to no matter where you are, in your home, car, gym, etc.


This can be acquired in a number of ways, depending on your budget. The easiest and least expensive option is to record internet radio broadcasts, to be played back later with an mp3 player.

All that's needed is a computer, a microphone and a sound editing program. Assuming you already have a computer, a usb microphone can be purchased for about $10.00 at any Best Buy, Radio Shack etc. This is needed to interface with your editing software.

There are any number of sources for freeopen-source sound editing programs for macpc, just Google sound editing programs and choose one you like. Make sure the music files can be saved in a compatible format i.e.mp3,mp4, aiff,aac, for your player.

Internet radio broadcasts can be found the same way, or if you have iTunes on your computer, you already have a source. I tend to use a combination of iTunes,Shoutcast.com, Last.fm, and Live365.com.

Download the program you chose. Most apps will have a help menu for guidance with the basics of operation. This is the only learning curve, and its' difficulty depends on the app.

Plug in your mic, open the program and you're ready to record. Using this particular method means steps should be taken to avoid background noise like the phone, kids, tv, etc. This is due to the fact your music source isn't through a line-in connection, and will most certainly be monaural.

As mentioned at the outset, this is the cheapest and easiest way to record ANY internet radio broadcast. There are many other approaches to explore, which I'll write about and submit here, or on my blog.

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