Chapter 17. Understanding Streaming Music

For music collectors, it’s about building a library of the music you love—which means downloading or ripping your favorite tunes and albums. But there’s another way to listen to a lot of music, if you don’t mind not adding it to your permanent collection.

I’m talking about listening to streaming music over the Internet, which is the online equivalent of listening to AM and FM radio stations. In some instances, you choose the music you want to listen to; in other cases, you just sit back and listen to whatever’s served up—just like old school radio.

What’s different about streaming music is that you don’t download or ...

Get The Ultimate Digital Music Guide: The Best Way to Store, Organize, and Play Digital Music now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.