Portable Internet Radio on Your Smart Phone

April 28th, 2012

Portable Internet Radio on Your Smart Phone

I like to access music as simply as possible, find what I like, obtain it, and take it with me. Crucial to this are new/unfamiliar tunes, and not having to compile the songs myself.

Internet radio through your computer allows for the most diversity, and fewer dropped signals with regard to styles/genres, especially for “niche” sites like: funk, jazz fusion, acid/nu jazz,etc.

Coupled with recording/converting software, a smart phone is a great device for listening to radio obtained in this manner.

Smart phones (i.e. Blackberry or similar) with removable storage (sorry iPhone) offers yet another approach. Don’t get me wrong, this can be done with an iPhone also, but there isn’t removable storage. It’s a lot easier and cheaper to buy memory cards, instead of phones, as your library grows.

There are also some good internet radio apps for smartphones like Flycast, Slacker and IHeart radio, which I do use from time to time, but for me they seem to fall short for one reason or another, i.e. poor playlist tracks/genre availability, dropped signals, battery drain while connected, etc.

I like the approach below better.

Determine what audio formats your phone will play. Record the files, then convert to that format. Connect your phone to your computer, then drag and drop files into your phones’ music folder or memory card.

In an earlier article I discussed using recording software to capture internet radio “broadcasts”. Which is fine if you have the url of the station. But what if you don’t?You can futz around with “url snooper” type software to obtain the urls, but that’s a topic for another article. This solution is a lot less bothersome.

If a double male 3.5mm patch cord is connected to the mic jack on iMic, and the other end connected to the headphone jack of your computer…Voila, you now have an in-line connection secure from ambient noise!

But what the heck is an iMic?…find out at: http://profyousion.com/profyousion/internet-radio-on-your-smart-phone/

Brent Newby (aka profyousion) creates and assembles video music reviews and writes articles about jazz, fusion, funk, r&b, rock and pop artists…past and present. Find where you can learn more about music, it’s styles and how to acquire the baddest jams in your favorite genres for free or very minimal cost on his blog at: http://www.profyousion.com/profyousion

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