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Listening to music 7 Online Music Streaming Services With NO Restrictions 7 Online Music Streaming Services With NO Restrictions There are lots of free online music services, but as you come to use them, you’ll find that the services do come at some sort of price. One common, and annoying restriction is loading the... Read More makes everything more fun. Instead of wasting your time with managing playlists or putting up with poor local stations, consider listening to the radio online. You can choose from countless fantastic Internet radio stations, many of them dedicated to specific genres, and you might even discover a few that are free of commercials.

First, you need a player to access the stations. In the realm of desktop tools, you can choose from two avenues; either outfit your existing media player with radio streams or find a dedicated app that meets all your radio needs.

Dedicated Internet Radio Apps

TapinRadio

TapinRadio is a desktop tool for Windows 7 and 8. It comes pre-loaded with hundreds of stations. New stations can be added via the File menu; links saved to the clipboard will conveniently load into the URL field and SHOUTcast URLs are supported natively. Apart from being an Internet radio player, TapinRadio can also record streaming audio.

TapinRadio

The simple and intuitive interface includes a station search. To filter stations by region, genre, or network, make your selection via the little arrowhead next to the search field (items also available via the Stations menu item) or click ALT + B to launch the station browser.

TapinRadio is a great little tool with many smart options. Some advanced features, like lyrics or adding podcasts, are restricted to the pro version.

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iHeartRadio

Those of you living in the US and looking for a mobile or modern Windows 8 app, iHeartRadio is the latest and greatest. Unfortunately, I can only judge it from afar as it’s not available in my geographical location.

Apart from giving you access to hundreds of US radio stations, iHeartRadio also has a music discovery engine like Pandora and can play music based on your mood 5 Websites To Play Music Matching Your Mood 5 Websites To Play Music Matching Your Mood Read More  or current activity. The app is available for a wide range of mobile devices, provided you reside within the US.

iHeartRadio

TuneIn Radio

Wherever you live, you can tune into thousands of stations worldwide Tune Into TuneIn Online Radio & Listen to Unlimited Music, Sports & Talk Shows Tune Into TuneIn Online Radio & Listen to Unlimited Music, Sports & Talk Shows Is radio listening back in vogue? I think it has been for quite some time. One only needs to follow the trail of advertisers, or for us who live in the online world – the... Read More on your mobile devices and in Windows 8 using TuneIn Radio. Browse stations by music genre, location, and discover talk or sports stations.

What’s missing is a way to search stations within the Windows 8 app. I also thought the Windows 8 app was a little buggy; it lagged and crashed and generally felt a little too basic.

TuneIn Radio

Stream Radio On Your Media Player

VLC Media Player

This is one of the best media players for Windows and it’s cross-platform. It comes pre-loaded with the Icecast Radio Directory and Jamendo Selections. To access these collections, open the View menu and click Playlist or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + L to switch to the view shown below or back. When you expand Internet on the left-hand side, you will find the respective playlists, some of which might not be available to you, depending on your geographical location. Double-click a channel to start streaming in VLC Streaming Services: A Whole New Side To VLC Player You Probably Didn't Know About Streaming Services: A Whole New Side To VLC Player You Probably Didn't Know About Read More .

VLC Media Player

You can save your favorite stations to the current playlist and via the Media tab Save Playlist to File (CTRL + Y) for future use. You can also open stations manually, provided you have the streaming link. Go to Media and select Open Network Stream… (CTRL + N). Alternatively, you can right-click the playlist, choose Advanced Open… and switch to the Network tab. Enter the network URL for the Internet radio station and click play. The station will auotmatically be added to your playlist.

VLC Open Media

Unfortunately, the SHOUTcast directory was pulled several years ago, but you can add individual stations after copying the streaming ULR (see screenshot above) from the SHOUTcast website.

Windows Media Player

Hard to believe, but Microsoft made listening to Internet radio rather straight forward. In WMP 12, click the Media Guide link in the bottom left, which will open the respective website in the player. Here you can browse stations by genre and open them directly.

Windows Media Player

Click the Play tab in the top right to see the station that is currently playing. From here, you can drag it into one of your Playlists in the menu on the left. Easy!

To manually add radio stations by URL, go to File and Open URL… (CTRL + U). You’ll notice that WMP 12 doesn’t support PLS files, the SHOUTcast format. You can either copy the streaming URL from the PLS file by opening it in notepad, or install a tool aptly named Open PLS in WMP. Note that you’ll need to open files with OpenPlsInWMP, which will then launch the stream in WMP 12.

Internet Radio Is Alive & Kicking

The widespread use of modern mobile apps indicates that Internet radio is still going strong 6 Amazing Windows 8 Apps For Enjoying Videos and Music, Modern Style 6 Amazing Windows 8 Apps For Enjoying Videos and Music, Modern Style When you're in the mood for listening to music or watching videos, you want the good stuff right now. Fortunately, Windows 8 has great apps to spare you a long search! Read More . In case you cannot find what you’re looking for in the preset stations, you can manually add stations from other online resources.

What is your favorite (online) radio station? Please share a streaming link with the rest of us if you have one!

  1. LM
    June 29, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I continuously lose the sound connection when streaming live radio on my 2 year old MS Surface. Does anyone know a fix for this?

    • Tina Sieber
      June 30, 2016 at 2:16 am

      I'd take this question to a Surface or hardware forum for help.

  2. Tommy
    January 18, 2015 at 12:40 am

    OK. I have a question. Does any of these players play internet radio stations through wi-fi to wi-fi extenders? I want to hear the stations in another room.
    I have a D-Link M255 extender. Jamcast works great with it but you have to pay for it. I'm looking for something like Foobar 2000 if it will connect to my D link. Any thoughts?

    • Tim
      March 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Look into VLC as it has a streaming feature. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

      • chriss25
        December 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm

        No but you can download Airfoil onto your windows pc and stream any music coming from your pc to a wifi streamer. It works like IOS airplay. It does it very well .

  3. Ken
    October 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for suggesting some good ones for me to try. I usually listen on Tunein or Live365 for talk radio stations. Recently, I downloaded iTunes, and it is the best for what I like to listen on my Surface Pro.

  4. JJ
    July 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Hi,
    I'm using IDRT (Internet Digital Radio Tuner) to listen and record (available in french and english) : http://www.robinbailleux.com/crbst_0_en.html

  5. int 21h
    July 11, 2014 at 2:26 am

    1by1 (with bass) can run multiple instances.

    Great station with good request system.
    http://184.154.185.181:8000/

    News 24/7.
    http://2173.live.streamtheworld.com:80/WTOPFM_SC

    Guaranteed unique programming.
    http://s1.castserver.net:8006/

    Too many more to list.

    • Tina S
      July 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Great ones! Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Ken Mason
    June 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Try RamaRadio (http://www.raimersoft.com/rarmaradio.aspx), it's station-oriented, not song-oriented and very well worth it's cost.

    • Tina S
      July 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Why would someone pay $29 if there are great free tools available?

    • Skachuni Marsol
      October 16, 2014 at 2:58 am

      Well Tina, it's a great app an MUCH better than the free apps.

  7. BackAsswards
    June 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I'm still using the Web Radio player widget for Yahoo Widgets on my Win 7 desktop. I prefer to maintain a custom list of stream URLs and haven't found anything I let better, yet.

  8. Sandy Coulter
    June 28, 2014 at 1:05 am

    If you love the Great American Song Book, especially form the 20s, 30s and 40s, check out The UK 1940s Radio Station music and vintage radio from the 1920s 1930s 1940s at: http://www.1940sukradio.co.uk/
    There is nothing else like this station, I promise you will hear wonderful music and other stuff you can't hear anywhere else. The DJs are from all over the world! I use TuneIn to get it on my Android phone.

    • Tina S
      June 30, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Thank you for sharing this station, Sandy!

  9. Q
    June 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

    For plain old music listening via INet I like Streamus on Chrome -- easiest app I've ever used since PC's were invented in 1981.

  10. Zoran N
    June 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Oh, yes, I forgot to add this: on Android (phone and tablet) I use TuneIn Radio.

    • Tina S
      June 27, 2014 at 9:12 am

      How is your experience with TuneIn Radio on Android? The Windows 8 app wasn't all that impressive, although still better than the other available modern apps.

    • Zoran N
      June 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Just great. It works very nice on my phone (Samsung with Android 2.3.6) and on two tablets (older no-name with Android 4.0.3 and new Asus HD7 with Android 4.2.2). Great sound, easy to use UI...

    • Tina S
      June 27, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Sounds a lot like my Android experience, which is why I was a little disappointed with the Windows 8 modern app.

    • Zoran N
      June 27, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Well, I don't have plan to use Win8, so I will continue to use foobar :) Also, you can use TuneIn from any browser, both on desktop and tablet/phone.

  11. Zoran N
    June 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I use foobar2000 for online radio stations - I have made a playlist with about 35 or so stations that I like :)

    • Tina S
      June 27, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Foobar2000 (our review) is awesome, too. Probably easier to create radio station playlists than in VLC, no?

    • Zoran N
      June 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Well... I have to find radio stream URL, than paste it to foobar (File > Add Location). Worst part is finding URL for some radio stations :)

    • Tina S
      June 27, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Does it work with SHOUTcast URLs? You should find almost any station there.

    • Zoran N
      June 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Yes, both shoutcast and icecast :)

  12. Aunty Proton
    June 27, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Using AIMP to listen to SomaFM stations. AIMP could really use a manual or at least help files, but it's pretty straightforward and a very good player.

    • Tina S
      June 27, 2014 at 9:06 am

      We reviewed AIMP3 a while ago. Back then Joel highlighted the availability of plugins and also mentioned the AIMP3 forums. Is the forum community any good for getting help with the program?

  13. Maria
    June 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I like Nexus Radio

    • Tina S
      June 27, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Thanks for bringing up Nexus Radio, Maria. Looks like it can also record music and edit audio files. Sounds like a great tool!

  14. Beto
    June 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I think that the greats such as Itunes, Winamp and my favourite Aimp, anyway it took very good list, greetings

    • Tina S
      June 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

      AIMP3 is a lightweight music player we highly recommend, too. Guess I should write a post on how to add radio stations to popular media players. What do you think?

  15. JD
    June 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I have looked at numerous Internet radio tools, including the ones in your article. I keep coming back to RadioSure. It is an excellent tool.

    • Tina S
      June 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      It's been a while since we wrote about RadioSure. Good to hear it's still around and working well!

    • Olad
      June 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      I second JD. RadioSure - still my favourite, after almost 10 years

  16. Mahmoud D
    June 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    i used audials one " http://audials.com/en/start/ "

  17. Joe
    June 25, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Clementine is the best of the bunch

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