Traditional radio has a fixed base to house all of its broadcast equipment and staff. It is also usually the site of its broadcast antenna. To receive its radio signal, the receiver has normally to be in line-of-site with the antenna or its relay if one is used. Modern reception equipment is so small that it is easily incorporated into any small object such as smartphone without detrimental effect.
Internet radio achieves similar output to traditional radio, but distributes the signal differently between the station and the receiver. As its name implies, its content is distributed across the internet so that anybody with internet access can access it from any part of the world, assuming they have internet access and a computer or internet radio.
A typical modern Digital Radio with internet access is shown in the following video:
There are a number of advantages when using internet radio over the traditional terrestrial radio. Firstly there are many thousands more internet radio channels available from any one location than for traditional radio. This means a much greater variety and therefore listener choice as to which type of program is broadcast, covering speech, music, general entertainment and many more, Within each of these types there is further breakdowns into sub niches and music genre into sub-genre and even sub-sub-genre. All of this is a far cry from the traditional stations regular dull, but well-loved schedules and repeat programming.
Secondly, internet radio stations tend to be small, often do-it-yourself or small committee run organisations that may be doing it for the love of it. Very few are motivated by business ideas. The net result is their output is not normally interrupted with commercial breaks or other advertising. Unlike terrestrial radio stations they do not have the heavy overhead running costs and often just rely on voluntary donations. The end result can be continuous music output to be enjoyed without interruption.
In addition, most people have access to some kind of computer and internet access in their home or at work, so there is no additional connection fee of any sort involved.
Sound quality of internet radio stations is usually superior to terrestrial stations as weather conditions and distance from the antenna can work to reduce the 'airwaves' signal strength and can often lead to 'ghosting' and 'fading'. None of this exists with the internet, although if the internet is particularly poor for some reason, a stream may occasionally 'freeze', although moments later it will resume from where it left off. This is in contrast to traditional radio where, if you momentarily lose the 'live' signal, that part is gone for ever.
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