Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Free Streaming Radio Apps for the iPhone

1. Pandora always plays your kind of music. Start with a song or artist that you like and it will build a radio station around that choice. A great way to discover new artists or rediscover songs you've forgotten about. You can log in and enjoy stations you've already created (on their web site) or else start new ones directly from the phone.

2. TWiT is the live audio stream for Leo Laporte's many, many podcasts. You can listen in as the podcasts and radio shows are recorded, speed dial the radio show if you have a burning question and look at the calendar of upcoming shows. They repeat older shows for a continuous 24 hour a day experience. You can also download video versions of some of the shows from ODTV.

3. Absolute Radio. Finally, I can listen to a British radio station whilst driving in my car in America. I think it's phenomenal how much this world has shrunk since I left England 17 years ago to move to America. This was one thing I missed when I left England - but no more. If British radio isn't your thing, try one of the many other international radio apps.

And I have to give a mention to the NoAgenda Stream app which is not free. I include this app as it links to my favorite podcast (No Agenda or, as many like to refer to them, Crackpot and the morning). You can download the latest podcast, stream the No Angenda live stream, donate to the cause, twitter and chat. Lots of stuff for $1.99.


Anonymous said...

Web casting, or broadcasting over the internet, is a media file (audio-video mostly) distributed over the internet using streaming media technology. Streaming implies media played as a continuous stream and received real time by the browser (end user). Streaming technology enables a single content source to be distributed to many simultaneous viewers. Streaming video bandwidth is typically calculated in gigabytes of data transferred. It is important to estimate how many viewers you can reach, for example in a live webcast, given your bandwidth constraints or conversely, if you are expecting a certain audience size, what bandwidth resources you need to deploy.

To estimate how many viewers you can reach during a webcast, consider some parlance:
One viewer: 1 click of a video player button at one location logged on
One viewer hour: 1 viewer connected for 1 hour
100 viewer hours: 100 viewers connected for 1 hour…

Typically webcasts will be offered at different bit rates or quality levels corresponding to different user’s internet connection speeds. Bit rate implies the rate at which bits (basic data units) are transferred. It denotes how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time. (bps / Kbps / Mbps…). Quality improves as more bits are used for each second of the playback. Video of 3000 Kbps will look better than one of say 1000Kbps. This is just like quality of a image is represented in resolution, for video (or audio) it is measured by the bit rate.

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