Now you can listen to radio stations from all over the world on the internet. But why would you want to?

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 12:13 PM

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Will internet users be interested in a service that allows them to do a search 40,000 radio stations throughout the world? One entrepreneur thinks so.

The Wall Street Journal reported today about, a website that will behave like Spotify, but instead of streaming from a catalog of song, it will find the song playing on one of 40,000. 

It's a bizarre idea, that left me wondering "who would want this?" It's sort of like Aereo, except you can't find out what songs will be playing from a TV guide, and instead of having a catalog of 20 million songs like Spotify, it'll be able to stream about 20,000 songs at any given time.

Still, the creator, Michael Robertson believes that 20,000 songs is good enough for your average music listener. From the article: "If it’s any popular song, you’ll absolutely be able to play it," he said, adding that the service tracks niche, Internet-based stations as well as terrestrial broadcasters. "We’re indexing the entire world of radio, in real time."

To be honest, the only way I can imagine myself wanting to use this is to search for things that aren't music. Terrestrial radio generally reflects the flavor of wherever it's broadcast, and if I could listen to local news, talk radio, or even commercials from a radio station, I think that would be much more interesting to me than hearing the listening to Pitbull on a Vietnamese top 40 station.

For a much more fascinating radio listening experience, check out, which lays live police scanner chatter over ambient washes of sound. It's very relaxing.

(h/t Jordan Valinsky)


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juepucta from TO, CA

TuneIn has offered this for a while. Not sure if there are enough of us peripathetic individuals, migrants, expats et al - but it is a good thing to be able to access these streams from all over.

Jan. 23 2014 03:59 PM

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