Web radio isn’t just about keeping up with your favourite progammes. It’s also about discovery: connecting with new musical genres and communities, whether distant or local. There’s a touch of the Radio Free Europe ethos about web radio’s lack of frontiers, with users accidentally tuning in to unexpectedly interesting characters and viewpoints.
And if you simply want to chill out with a playlist designed to take you back to your misspent youth, a few well-chosen terms into a portal or search engine can bring up endless gems.
As with online video, however, knowing what to look for and where to find it can be a problem. If you’ve got time on your hands and a yen for audio exploration, you’ll enjoy the process; if not, the following tutorial will help you reach stations you’ll enjoy with a few flicks of the dial.
1. Internet radio stations have been a part of Windows Media Player (WMP) for years. If you’re using WMP 9.0 then you can access radio by clicking the Radio Tuner tab on the left of the window. In WMP 10.0 the button’s moved to the top right, but in WMP 11.0 you have to do a bit more digging.
2. In WMP 11.0, Click Media Guide in the menu bar. There are five buttons located near the top of the main screen: Home, Music, Movies, Games and Radio. Select Radio. The main Radio page shows a small number of featured channels. You can see a wider selection by clicking Radio Tuner in the list on the right.