There is one great feature of the Internet that is often overlooked and that is online radio. Music streaming on the Internet, however, has slowly gained popularity the days. Your favorite terrestrial station may also be found online, but there are also radio stations that are only accessible on the Internet. The major advantage of radio stations online is that data transmission is possible worldwide and expatriates can greatly benefit from this.

Similarly, it is also cheaper to produce music over the Internet and this means that smaller stations with a smaller fan base than mainstream radio are able to run their own radio station. This is a perfect situation for those who like particular genres of music to find exactly what they are looking for.

Internet Talk Radio was the first ever Internet radio service and was established in 1993 and in 1995 the first radio service published only on the Internet was introduced – Radio HK. Since then the number of stations opening on the Internet has increased dramatically. Peercasting, or P2P technology, makes it even easier to start an Internet radio station so it is likely that there will be even more stations in the near future.

Internet radio is perfect for people in small towns that are monopolized by only two or three radio stations and are forced to listen to one playlist of songs over and over. With internet radio the possibility of gaining access to music that a person likes is greatly increased.

Educational radio stations online have also gained popularity these days. A majority of higher education schools also have their educational radio stations online that students can subscribe to. There are some educational radio stations online that can just be accessed within campus premises, but there are also those accessible worldwide.

Whether you are looking for radio broadcasts from countries miles away or you want to listen to one particular genre of music you can be virtually assured of finding a station that caters to your needs. You can even find chat stations that deal with one particular topic. The quality of sound and the quality of the programs distributed are both excellent. If you haven’t tried Internet Radio before, you should try it now.