To listen to Internet radio, you can visit a specific web site and launch a stream for a station, or you can launch a jukebox or dedicated tuner program (several of which are discussed later in this chapter) and use it to locate and listen to stations.
When you visit a web site and click the “Play” link (often a small speaker icon), the URL will either launch your default player for the stream format or launch a special tuner program with controls for the added features of that service.
If iTunes is your default player and you access a station via its web site rather than through the iTunes radio tuner, an entry will be added to your music library with the station name in the Song Name column. You can click on the station name in iTunes to play it at a later time without visiting the web site. You can also add station entries in the music library to playlists. To get rid of station listings in your music library, follow the instructions below:
Right-click (PC) or Control-click (Mac) with the cursor over any column label in the music library.
Click the “Kind” column label to add a checkmark next to it.
Click the column label to sort by it.
Scroll down until you see entries labeled “MPEG audio stream.”
Delete these entries.
Nowadays, most jukebox programs include an Internet radio “tuner,” which can find a wide variety of Internet stations. In addition to those stations, programs such as iTunes or Musicmatch (which may already be your ...