How to make your own internet radio?
Who could almost a century ago think that with the development of the Internet, making your radio will be so simple. To implement the project, you will need a computer connected to the global Internet, as well as several simple programs and the nth amount of free time.
To begin, consider the most popular myths about creating your own Internet radio.
Frequently visiting various computer forums, I saw how, when the phrase “Internet radio” appears, people have many questions, and sometimes incorrect judgments, which are my primary goal to clarify.
The first myth: to organize Internet radio, you need to have a lot of high-performance PCs. In the eyes of users, launching a network radio seems like a job. Some begin to immediately calculate the cost of equipment that will have to be bought, condemning themselves in advance only to the taunts of more experienced network wolves.
For a successful launch of the radio, you by no means need either a “park” of high-performance PCs or any expensive equipment. An important factor for the launch is only broadband Internet access, the rest is the little things. (I mean the launch of Internet radio “for myself and my friends”, but not a serious project in the future focused on income)
Myth two: starting a network radio is only possible with the purchase of software. A myth similar to the first, and based on the fact that specialized software costs a lot of money. But enthusiasts-programmers who create their brainchilds efficiently, quickly, and most importantly for free, have not yet been translated into the white light. For what they honor and praise in a compartment with a low bow to his feet.
How to make your own Internet radio? Since there are many different ways to make Internet radio (in fact, there is no standard, especially considering the speed with which Internet technologies and communications are developing), I will tell you how I made my Internet radio. Later I will talk about other ways. My internet radio, which I do in my own apartment, will be my guide in this story. And while my radio is working. Learning more about this process, you can move away from my template, and work the way you want it. Moreover, I urge you to do so! I am always inspired when others, taking over my experience, then overtake me. And remember, 90% of any beginning is trial and error.
What do you need to get started?
There are several specific minimums for creating an Internet radio. Obviously, you need a computer. The more modern the model, the better. This is due to the fact that the stream of audio files from your computer to the World Wide Web has a very strong effect on the system and can eat a lot of your RAM. I started with a 2 Hz Pentium Celeron and used Windows 98 and WinAmp. These were not the best programs, but not the worst ones either. The more RAM your computer has and the higher the processor power, the better. At the time of this writing (June 2006), I would say that you need 512 MB of RAM. If you are a rude and primitive anarchist and don’t understand what I’m talking about, then I’ll say simpler – For your Internet radio to work better, you need a computer released no earlier than 2003. There are exceptions, but this article is about “how to do”, and not about exceptions.
Macintosh or PC? Irrelevant. I started Radio Schizo on PC, but now I work on a Macintosh (iMac G5, to be precise). Having a computer is probably the only and biggest financial barrier to creating DIY Internet radio (if you don’t have a computer now, check out the Freecycle online communities that sell computers at low prices; you can also have regular access to your friend’s computer or a neighbor, or to the laboratory computers of a school or college, etc.).
It is also obvious that you will need an internet connection. Which Internet service provider you will use is up to you. More importantly, this is the speed of your connection. The higher the speed, the better. For your radio, do not use a connection that is lower in quality of communication than a DSL or leased line. Users who use regular dial-up telephone communication are very unlucky when organizing their Internet radio. On the other hand, dial-up users with a speed of 56 kb can make podcasts that are something other than Internet radio, and I will talk about this later. But even for a podcast, the time with which you transmit information (upload time) will be a pain in the ass for dial-up users. For DSL, I pay $ 27 a month. Prices vary by region and speed. Check this. For beginners who are connecting to the Internet for the first time, there may be discounts.
One important note: for Internet radio, the speed with which you transfer information to the Internet is much more important than the speed with which you download files from the Internet.