I love to access music as simply as possible, find what I like, obtain it, and take it with me. Crucial to this are new/unfamiliar tracks, and not having to music app round up the songs myself.
Internet radio through your pc allows for the most diversity, and fewer dropped signals with regard to styles/genres, for “niche” sites like: funk, jazz blend, acid/nu jazz, etc.
Coupled with recording/converting software, a good phone is a great device for listening to radio obtained this way.
Smart phones (i. e. Blackberry mobile phones or similar) with completely removable storage (sorry iPhone) offers yet another approach. Don’t get me wrong, this can be carried out with an iphone also, but there isn’t completely removable storage. It’s a lot easier and cheaper to buy memory cards, instead of phones, as your library grows.
There are also good quality internet radio apps for touch screen phones like Flycast, Slacker and IHeart radio, i always do use from time to time, but for me they appear to don’t succeed for one reason or another, i. e. poor playlist tracks/genre availability, dropped signals, battery deplete while connected, etc.
I like the approach below better.
Determine what audio formats your phone will play. Record the files, then convert fot it format. Connect your phone to your computer, then get and drop files into your phones’ music folder or memory.
In an earlier article I discussed using recording software to capture internet radio “broadcasts”. Which is fine if you have the url of the station. But what if you don’t? You can futz around with “url snooper” type software to search for the urls, but what a topic for another article. This solution is a lot less bothersome.
If a double male 3. 5mm spot power cord is linked to the microphone jack on iMic, and the other end linked to the headphone jack of your computer… Voila, you now have an in-line connection secure from background noise!