DIY Radio: Start your Own Online Radio Channel

Daniel Dwase

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If you have a PC there's a host of options for starting your own internet radio station: Radio 365, Shoutcast, or Icecast, for example. For Macs, software developer Rogue Amoeba ( sells Nicecast ($40). Nicecast is to internet radio what Napster was to mp3 sharing. It is simple, fun, and powerful.

Rogue Amoeba's Nicecast is both a server and a broadcaster wrapped into one. You can use any audio emitting source from your mac; for example, your favorite computer game, iTunes playlist, or even your Microphone, and Rogue Amoeba will allow you to send the sound in real time, to your friends, your neighbour, your therapist, or to Saved By The Bells’ Mario Lopez. . . or to all of them at once!

It's the easiest way to broadcast music from Macintosh OS X. SImply put, Nicecast is a personal radio station. All you need is an internet connection and a Mac and you are an instant DJ.

This easy-to-use server software lets you set up your Mac to stream audio from any source, such as iTunes. Simply click on Broadcast and you're live and online.

The share button lets you find a broadcasts URL, which you can share with friends or use to access your music collection when you are at work.

Note: Whether using a PC or Mac, you're not legally allowed to broadcast copyrighted music over the internet in this way. It contravenes a number of different laws in multiple countries. So you should only broadcast music you've created yourself, music that's out of copyright, or tracks you have permission from the copyright holders for.

Daniel Dwase is the webmaster and editor of a website that provides reviews and buyers guide of iPod Video, Nano, Shuffle and cheap iPod accessories and a blog that reports the latest news from Apple Computers about iPods.


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