What type of Internet connection do you use?
Internet Radio is very simple in today’s world. Basically you can use the same computer with the same software to stream to 1 listener or thousands of listeners. What is important is that you know how much bandwidth you need and the bit rare you want to use to stream your music.
Bandwidth – Is the amount of data your internet connection can carry from one point to another in a given time period. Than means, Small bandwidth, you will get a few listeners. A big bandwidth will allow you to have more listeners.
Bit rate – Simply refers to the audio quality of the stream, this is measured in computer terms in ‘kbps – kilo bits per second’ or ‘k’ for short. Listening to a station in 128k stereo would sound like CD quality, where as 24k would sound more like listening over the phone.
OK BUT HOW MUCH DO I NEED?
Well here a brief idea:
1 MB = 1024 kb so that means if you stream at 128 kbps
1 MB Upload connection = 8 Listeners
5 MB Upload connection = 40 Listeners
10 MB Upload connection = 80 Listeners
Remember, these are the typical upload connection speeds most people have at home. Also this will vary if you are surfing at the same time you are streaming and if you have a home phone using the internet line to make a call. These means if your use the same connection to do multiple things at the same time it could make your streaming skip and your listeners will hate that.
In a simple summary, Bit rate + Listeners = The type of Internet Connection you will need.
An Internet Radio Server Services is so convenient it give you a fast internet connection to handle more listeners.