Best Desktop Microphones

 

The best desktop microphones; Don’t matter if you do simple video calls over Skype or Google Hangouts, YouTube videos, podcast, make music or have your own radio show online, you will need a good microphone. In this era where everything is HD people look for the best quality experiences. Even at YouTube the most popular YouTube channels are the one that have better image and audio quality.

Early this year there was a survey to users (real consumers) that revealed what the favorite microphones are in a real world situation where everyone needs or wants the best audio quality for their money.

Here are 5 of the best desktop microphones based on users reviews and experiences. The best for the money, in a professional grade, for desktop users, offering superior audio quality, while saving some space are listed herein no particular order:

Audio-Technica AT2020 USB

desktop microphones Audio-Technica-AT2020

The Audio-Technica AT2020 perfect for recording studios, podcaster’s, and can be use pretty much for anything. The AT2020 delivers a good quality sound, the vocals are clear, very direct, and crisp. It comes in two models, a USB model perfect for connecting directly to your computer and the original AT2020 XLR model is designed to be connected directly to your mixer or other audio equipment. The USB version is plug-and-play, and works with any audio software you already have on your computer. The AT2020 is a cardioid condenser mic, ideal for voice, like podcasting, and voice-overs. It’s also a side-address model microphone, meaning it does well when you’re not talking directly into the top of the microphone.

It’s suggested retail price is $229.99 however you can find it at Amazon for about $129.99

People that have used this mic said that its low self-noise and delivers a great performance for voice-overs, and praised it for its durability. It also comes with a mini tripod stand and a carrying case.

Samson Meteor

desktop microphones Meteor_Mic_Headphones-display

The Samson Meteor is probably one of the smallest USB condenser microphones. It is a USB Microphone that also can serve as an audio input and audio output device. This means you can plug your headphones into the Samson mic and listen to yourself at the same time you record or broadcast.

The Samson Meteor is a cardioid condenser mic, ideal for voice, like podcasting, and voice-overs. It’s also plug-and-play, no special drivers are required to work with any of your devices It will also work with your iPad, if you use it for audio work (Garageband.) you will need a Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter Cable.

You can find it at Amazon for about $69.

People that have used this mic said, those legs actually fold up around the top of the microphone, included carrying case. It doesn’t take up a lot of space. Compared to other mics, the Meteor can compete with more expensive microphones, especially in smaller spaces with less noise.

Shure SM-58

desktop microphones Shure SM-58

Serious about audio quality? The Shure SM-58 is a standard microphone in quality. You can pretty much find it everywhere, at professional recording studios, connected to a home computer, stages everywhere, virtually anywhere. From a professional level microphone, the SM-58 isn’t too far behind. It’s not in the top of Shure’s product range, but it offers a great quality sound for the price. The SM-58 is an XLR microphone, that means that it needs to be connected to an external mixer, adapter, or to your computer but you will need a sound card that supports XLR. It’s a cardioid dynamic microphone, it’s directional, and is very durable practically unbreakable. Shure SM-58 the World’s Toughest Mics.

People that have used this mic praised it for being a dynamic microphone instead of a condenser mic. It is extremely durable, along with the fact that it’s seriously used by professional everywhere make it a very reliable microphone.

Blue Yeti/Yeti Pro

desktop microphones Blue Yeti-Yeti Pro

The Blue Yeti a popular microphone for its price. With it being affordable this USB condenser microphone will deliver superior audio quality and include multiple audio modes so that it can be use for multiple purposes. For podcasting or voice-overs, this mic can be set for a cardioid pickup pattern. For vocals or singing it can be set for stereo. If youare in an interview situation, bidirectional is the option, or omnidirectional for a group interview or conference call. It’s powerful, and very easy to use. It’s a plug-and-play USB microphone. It also functions as audio output and audio input device, that means you can plug your headphones into the Blue Yeti/Yeti Pro to hear yourself while you record.

You can find it at Amazon for about $100, Blue Yeti Pro is about $189.

People that have used the Yeti Pro said that the Pro Version is definitive a step up from the Yeti regular version. The Yeti Pro features a 24-bit audio interface that delivers better recording, and it supports an XLR connector for your mixer or any other device that supports XLR connections. Here is a link to find out more about the differences between the Yeti and the Yeti Pro. The Yeti was also picked by The Wirecutter as the best USB microphone.

Blue Snowball

desktop microphones Blue Snowball

Blue Snowball was recognized as the first professional USB microphone in the world. It’s been very popular among podcasters, as at home professional audio, and very loved for the public that still relevant as a favorite microphone for good quality audio recording. It’s Primary use for voice work, like podcasting and voice-overs, and its have been also used for professional voice-overs as well. This microphone is very inexpensive and affordable. The Blue Snowball is a USB condenser microphone and a plug-and-play microphone that works without any special drivers. It’s supports both omnidirectional and cardioid pickup patterns, so it can be used for one person or to pick up the audio from a room with a few people.

You can find it at Amazon for about $50.

The Snowball is one of the best desktop microphones under $100, as long as you know what you’re doing with it. Some people will want to spend $30-40 dollars more to get the Yeti microphone, but if you don’t need the extra features, the Snowball delivers good quality and is simple to use. It also works very well with the iPad, you will need a Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter Cable and will be great for any audio recording or video chatting.

So… Which one is the best microphone from these desktop microphones?

That will be according to your needs and budget, but you will not go wrong with any of these desktop microphones.

What broadcasting software can i use to stream live audio with shoutcast and icecast?

A list of a few broadcasting software that can be use to create your Internet Radio Station and are compatible with shoutcast and icecast systems.

If you know about any other software compatible with shoutcast and icecast please let us know Contact Us.

Winamp with the Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source plugin

Runs on Windows: Yes
Runs on Mac OS X: No
Runs on Linux: No, can be ran with Wine
Price: Free
Developer: Nullsoft
Website: http://www.winamp.com/
Winamp is developed by Nullsoft, the same people who develop SHOUTcast itself. We recommends Winamp if you are new to internet net radio streaming.

Winamp with the Edcast Source plugin for Icecast

Runs on Windows: Yes
Runs on Mac OS X: No
Runs on Linux: No
Price: Free
Developer: Oddsock
SAM Broadcaster (Shoutcast & Icecast)

Runs on Windows: Yes
Runs on Mac OS X: No
Runs on Linux: No
Price: $299.00
Demo: Yes, 14 days.
Developer: SpacialAudio
Website: http://spacial.com/sam-broadcaster
Advanced radio automation software aimed towards professional internet radio station broadcasters.

SAM Cast (Shoutcast & Icecast)

Runs on Windows: Yes
Runs on Mac OS X: No
Runs on Linux: No
Price: $199.00
Demo: Yes, 14 days.
Developer: SpacialAudio
Website: http://spacial.com/sam-cast
SAM Cast allows you to connect to your SHOUTcast server and stream from your microphone, soundcard or line in.

StationPlaylist Studio (Shoutcast & Icecast)

Runs on Windows: Yes
Runs on Mac OS X: No
Runs on Linux: No
Price: Standard $109/ €84 – Pro $239/ €185
Demo: Yes, lasts for 6 hours, terminates then allows for a further 6 hours.
Developer: StationPlaylist
Website: http://www.stationplaylist.com/studio.html
StationPlaylist Studio features general automation playback and live assistance tools for DJs.

StationPlaylist Creator  (Shoutcast & Icecast)

Runs on Windows: Yes
Runs on Mac OS X: No
Runs on Linux: No
Price: Lite $49/ €38 – Standard $109/ €84 – Pro $239/ €185
Demo: Yes, lasts for 6 hours, terminates then allows for a further 6 hours.
Developer: StationPlaylist
Website: http://www.stationplaylist.com/creator.html
StationPlaylist Creator is music and spot scheduling software. It is used to design your station format using rotations of music categories and spot groups (jingles, ads, etc).

Nicecast  (Shoutcast & Icecast)

Runs on Windows: No
Runs on Mac OS X: Yes
Runs on Linux: No
Price: Single user $40 – 5 users $69
Demo: Yes, noise is overlaid on all broadcasts longer than 60 minutes.
Developer: Rogue Amoeba
Website: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/nicecast/
Streams a mix audio from your microphone and optionally another media player like iTunes.

Butt – broadcast using this tool (Shoutcast & Icecast)

Runs on Windows: Yes
Runs on Mac OS X: Yes
Runs on Linux: Yes
Price: Free
Developer: Daniel Noethen
Website: http://butt.sourceforge.net/
Zarastudio (Automation Software)

Runs on Windows: yes
Runs on Mac OS X: No
Runs on Linux: No
Price: Free Vesion & Full Version: One license: $200.58/€165
Developer: Kero Systems S.L.
Website: http://www.zarastudio.es/en/
Is ZaraStudio designed to broadcast an Internet station?
ZaraStudio is not a program designed for that purpose, but it is a program that automates audio playback. Anyway, it can be used along with other programs to broadcast an Internet station. Some of those programs are OddCast or WinAmp with the Shoutcast plugin.

Virtual DJ Software (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

Runs on Windows: yes
Runs on Mac OS X: Yes
Runs on Linux: No
Price: You can now download VirtualDJ Home for FREE.
VirtualDJ Home is free for non-commercial use. For commercial use, you will need to buy a commercial license.
Developer: Atomix Productions
Website: http://www.virtualdj.com/
Nextkast (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

Runs on Windows: yes
Runs on Mac OS X: No
Runs on Linux: No
Price: $99 standard / $199 Pro
Developer: Winston Potgieter
Website: http://www.nextkast.com/
LadioCast (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

Runs on Windows: No
Runs on Mac OS X: Yes
Runs on Linux: No
Price: Free
Developer: Yosirou Sawayanagi
Website: LadioCast
RadioDJ (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

Runs on Windows: Yes
Runs on Mac OS X: No
Runs on Linux: No
Price: Free
Q: Shoutcast/Icecast streaming are available in RadioDJ?
A: Not directly. However, you can use third-party encoder plugins to stream to your shoutcast/icecast server, such as ALTACAST.
Developer: RadioDJ
Website: http://www.radiodj.ro/
Megaseg (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

Runs on Windows: No
Runs on Mac OS X: Yes
Runs on Linux: No
Price:  $99 standard / $199 Pro
Developer: RadioDJ
Website: Megaseg
Internet DJ Console (Shoutcast & “Icecast”)

Runs on Windows: No
Runs on Mac OS X: NO
Runs on Linux: Yes
Price: Free
Developer: Open Source
Website: Internet DJ Console

Creating and Setting Up a Internet Radio Station

 

This guide will teach you how to Creating and Setting Up a Internet Radio Station your very first internet radio station using free tools available to everyone on the internet. Through this tutorial, we will be creating a fictional radio station called “My Stream Radio.”

Step 1: Plan the format of your radio station out.

The first step is to figure out what will be broadcast on the station. For most, the answer is music. Others may want to include talking, preaching, or sounds of nothing. it’s your station, and you can do whatever you wish.

For our fictional station, “My Stream Radio,” we will be featuring the soothing sounds of cavemen yelling, screaming, and an occasional chant. For “My Stream Radio”, I just happen to have several CDs, tapes, and even a few vinyl records full of this kind of content. I now know what I plan on broadcasting…step 1 complete.

Step 2: Digitalize Your Content

Now it’s time to take all of my CDs, tapes, and vinyl records and convert them over to a digital audio format. How exactly do I do this? Well first, I need to understand a little bit about digital audio. For my radio station, I am going to convert all of my content over to a very common format, mp3. Let us get to know our friend, mp3, a bit better….

In simple terms, a mp3 file is an audio recording format that strips away all of the sounds that the human ear cannot hear into a nice, small file size. The quality of a mp3 is determined by the bitrate that it is created at. There are several different bitrates available.

Sound Quality based on bitrate:
24 to 32kbps = AM radio quality – good for talking
48 to 80kbps = FM radio quality – decent for music
92 to 128kbps = CD quality – great for music
192kbp to 320kbps = better than CD quality

Remember the higher the bitrate you choose to rip at, the more space the files will take up. This probably won’t be a problem since most computers come equipped with WAY to much memory. Seeing that I have all of this extra memory on my computer, I will go ahead and rip my CDs at 192kbps (to me, this bitrate has an excellent sound quality and does not take up to much space).

Now that I have figured out some of the basics of a mp3 file, it’s time to start ripping! I am really anxious to get “My Stream Radio” up and running, so I will go ahead and rip the easiest things to rip…CDs.

How to rip CDs:

1. Download a CD ripping program. Common and easy to use ones include Windows Media Player, iTunes, and Freerip. (Windows already comes with Windows Media Player installed…lucky you!)

2. The next few steps depend on the CD ripping software that I downloaded. For my rip, I decided to use Windows Media Player. Now before I start ripping, I want to make sure the proper settings have been set in Windows Media Player. To access these options, I go to the “Tools” menu, than select “Options.” I then select “mp3″ under “format.” I then set the audio quality to 192kbps. I am now ready to rip!

3. Simply insert the CD, and a menu should pop up asking you what you want to do. Just click on “rip the CD using Windows Media Player” and your on your way!

Alright, after hours and hours of ripping CDs into mp3, I now have enough to play on “My Stream Radio”. I will cover the ripping of tapes and records later on…I am ready to get this station up and going!

Step 3: Download and install software capable of broadcasting.

“My Stream radio” is on a very tight budget, FREE. Before we actually start installing software, let’s understand the basics of how internet radio traditionally works. It is very similar to how television, terrestrial radio, and even satellite broadcasts work, except it is done entirely through the internet.

How Internet Radio Works

1. Your computer plays the content, and sends it to a streaming audio server.

2. The streaming audio server resides on a powerful computer, which is made available to anyone that has access to the internet to connect and listen.

3. Listeners connect to the streaming audio server, and listen to the content that is playing on your computer.

Simple enough?

So, let’s go fetch one of the most popular free applications used in internet broadcasting, Winamp. Download and install the latest version of Winamp.

Winamp alone does not enable me to broadcast. I need to get a special plugin called the “SHOUTcast Radio DSP plug-in”

After you have downloaded and installed this plugin. STOP! It is time to go to the next step. Don’t worry, we will come back to finish setting this part up after we figure out step 4.

Step 4: Determining The Streaming Audio Server Setup

Before we begin to configure and setup a streaming audio server, we must understand how a server works…

In FM/AM radio, the broadcast is sent to an antenna where it is broadcast out to everyone within a certain listening range. All that is needed to listen is a radio, but NO DIRECT CONNECTION is made to that antenna…the listener is just receiving an outgoing signal.

Internet radio is A LOT different. Since a direct connection is made between the streaming audio server and the listener, we must make sure we have enough bandwidth available so that listeners can connect and listen. If there is not enough bandwidth available, the listener may encounter skipping (or buffering) while trying to listen. We must keep this in mind for the next step…

It is now time to figure out the setup of the streaming audio server. The streaming audio server that I have chosen to use with “My Stream Radio” is called Shoutcast. There are two options available: hosting the Shoutcast server on the same computer that I have setup to broadcast “My Stream Radio” or renting a Shoutcast server from a hosting company. Now it is time to weigh both options..

Hosting my own server on my computer could save me some money, but I would be limited to the number of listeners that I could have (depending on the speed of my internet connection). I’m also not very computer savvy, so it could be a security risk if not setup properly. If I go with a hosting company, I know that the Shoutcast server will be on a large internet connection capable of handling the amount of listeners that I want. I also know that the connection will be stable. I finally will not be responsible for the configuration of the Shoutcast server (which can sometimes be tricky). Since I want my listeners of “My Stream Radio” to have the best listening experience that they can, I have decided to go with a hosting provider.

Most hosting providers sell based on the bitrate that you want to broadcast at, and the number of listeners that you wish to allow to connect at one time (or slots). The higher the bitrate you choose to broadcast, the higher the cost. Remember our bitrate to sound quality chart from above. To keep my costs reasonable, I decide to go with a 64kbps server. Since this is a brand new radio station and noone knows about it, I decide to go with a low amount of listener slots (25) [this can always be upgraded later on if needed]. This comes out to $5.95 a month with the hosting provider that I have chosen to go with…not to shabby at all!

After signing up for the server, the company sends me the information on my particular server. This usually includes information for a control panel so that I can start, stop, and restart my server or use the AutoDJ. I can also change a few of the settings around if I need to. Alright, now that I have all of this information…it’s onto my last and final step!

Step 5: Configuring the Shoutcast DSP settings in Winamp to begin broadcasting.

Start Winamp and open Preferences (CTRL-P) and click on the DSP/effects subcategory under the Plug-ins tree. Click on the NULLsoft Shoutcast Source, then click “configure active plugin.”

1. Click on “Output” tab.
2. Check the box that says “connect at startup.”
3. Input the information provided by your hosting provider (server IP, port, password, etc.)
4. Click on the “Yellowpages” button.
5. Fill out the information (station name, any instant messengers you might use, etc.)
6. Click on “Encoder” tab.
7. Make sure “Encoder Type” is set to mp3. For “My Stream Radio”, I had decided to broadcast at 64kbps, so I select 64kbps/44khz mono.
8. Click on the “Output” tab again.
9. Verify that the information in the “Status” section says “Sent.” If this is the case, than you are currently broadcasting! Congratulations!

Sometimes you may see an error message. If you do, please make sure that any firewalls that you have are set to be open on the “port” that was assigned by your hosting provider.

We are done!

Creating and Setting Up a Internet Radio Station is very simple.

Now everyone can listen to “My Stream Radio” and enjoy the sweet sounds.

Creating and Setting Up a Internet Radio Station

 

This guide will teach you how to Creating and Setting Up a Internet Radio Station your very first internet radio station using free tools available to everyone on the internet. Through this tutorial, we will be creating a fictional radio station called “My Stream Radio.”

Step 1: Plan the format of your radio station out.

The first step is to figure out what will be broadcast on the station. For most, the answer is music. Others may want to include talking, preaching, or sounds of nothing. it’s your station, and you can do whatever you wish.

For our fictional station, “My Stream Radio,” we will be featuring the soothing sounds of cavemen yelling, screaming, and an occasional chant. For “My Stream Radio”, I just happen to have several CDs, tapes, and even a few vinyl records full of this kind of content. I now know what I plan on broadcasting…step 1 complete.

Step 2: Digitalize Your Content

Now it’s time to take all of my CDs, tapes, and vinyl records and convert them over to a digital audio format. How exactly do I do this? Well first, I need to understand a little bit about digital audio. For my radio station, I am going to convert all of my content over to a very common format, mp3. Let us get to know our friend, mp3, a bit better….

In simple terms, a mp3 file is an audio recording format that strips away all of the sounds that the human ear cannot hear into a nice, small file size. The quality of a mp3 is determined by the bitrate that it is created at. There are several different bitrates available.

Sound Quality based on bitrate:
24 to 32kbps = AM radio quality – good for talking
48 to 80kbps = FM radio quality – decent for music
92 to 128kbps = CD quality – great for music
192kbp to 320kbps = better than CD quality

Remember the higher the bitrate you choose to rip at, the more space the files will take up. This probably won’t be a problem since most computers come equipped with WAY to much memory. Seeing that I have all of this extra memory on my computer, I will go ahead and rip my CDs at 192kbps (to me, this bitrate has an excellent sound quality and does not take up to much space).

Now that I have figured out some of the basics of a mp3 file, it’s time to start ripping! I am really anxious to get “My Stream Radio” up and running, so I will go ahead and rip the easiest things to rip…CDs.

How to rip CDs:

1. Download a CD ripping program. Common and easy to use ones include Windows Media Player, iTunes, and Freerip. (Windows already comes with Windows Media Player installed…lucky you!)

2. The next few steps depend on the CD ripping software that I downloaded. For my rip, I decided to use Windows Media Player. Now before I start ripping, I want to make sure the proper settings have been set in Windows Media Player. To access these options, I go to the “Tools” menu, than select “Options.” I then select “mp3? under “format.” I then set the audio quality to 192kbps. I am now ready to rip!

3. Simply insert the CD, and a menu should pop up asking you what you want to do. Just click on “rip the CD using Windows Media Player” and your on your way!

Alright, after hours and hours of ripping CDs into mp3, I now have enough to play on “My Stream Radio”. I will cover the ripping of tapes and records later on…I am ready to get this station up and going!

Step 3: Download and install software capable of broadcasting.

“My Stream radio” is on a very tight budget, FREE. Before we actually start installing software, let’s understand the basics of how internet radio traditionally works. It is very similar to how television, terrestrial radio, and even satellite broadcasts work, except it is done entirely through the internet.

How Internet Radio Works

1. Your computer plays the content, and sends it to a streaming audio server.

2. The streaming audio server resides on a powerful computer, which is made available to anyone that has access to the internet to connect and listen.

3. Listeners connect to the streaming audio server, and listen to the content that is playing on your computer.

Simple enough?

So, let’s go fetch one of the most popular free applications used in internet broadcasting, Winamp. Download and install the latest version of Winamp.

Winamp alone does not enable me to broadcast. I need to get a special plugin called the “SHOUTcast Radio DSP plug-in”

After you have downloaded and installed this plugin. STOP! It is time to go to the next step. Don’t worry, we will come back to finish setting this part up after we figure out step 4.

Step 4: Determining The Streaming Audio Server Setup

Before we begin to configure and setup a streaming audio server, we must understand how a server works…

In FM/AM radio, the broadcast is sent to an antenna where it is broadcast out to everyone within a certain listening range. All that is needed to listen is a radio, but NO DIRECT CONNECTION is made to that antenna…the listener is just receiving an outgoing signal.

Internet radio is A LOT different. Since a direct connection is made between the streaming audio server and the listener, we must make sure we have enough bandwidth available so that listeners can connect and listen. If there is not enough bandwidth available, the listener may encounter skipping (or buffering) while trying to listen. We must keep this in mind for the next step…

It is now time to figure out the setup of the streaming audio server. The streaming audio server that I have chosen to use with “My Stream Radio” is called Shoutcast. There are two options available: hosting the Shoutcast server on the same computer that I have setup to broadcast “My Stream Radio” or renting a Shoutcast server from a hosting company. Now it is time to weigh both options..

Hosting my own server on my computer could save me some money, but I would be limited to the number of listeners that I could have (depending on the speed of my internet connection). I’m also not very computer savvy, so it could be a security risk if not setup properly. If I go with a hosting company, I know that the Shoutcast server will be on a large internet connection capable of handling the amount of listeners that I want. I also know that the connection will be stable. I finally will not be responsible for the configuration of the Shoutcast server (which can sometimes be tricky). Since I want my listeners of “My Stream Radio” to have the best listening experience that they can, I have decided to go with a hosting provider.

Most hosting providers sell based on the bitrate that you want to broadcast at, and the number of listeners that you wish to allow to connect at one time (or slots). The higher the bitrate you choose to broadcast, the higher the cost. Remember our bitrate to sound quality chart from above. To keep my costs reasonable, I decide to go with a 64kbps server. Since this is a brand new radio station and noone knows about it, I decide to go with a low amount of listener slots (25) [this can always be upgraded later on if needed]. This comes out to $5.95 a month with the hosting provider that I have chosen to go with…not to shabby at all!

After signing up for the server, the company sends me the information on my particular server. This usually includes information for a control panel so that I can start, stop, and restart my server or use the AutoDJ. I can also change a few of the settings around if I need to. Alright, now that I have all of this information…it’s onto my last and final step!

Step 5: Configuring the Shoutcast DSP settings in Winamp to begin broadcasting.

Start Winamp and open Preferences (CTRL-P) and click on the DSP/effects subcategory under the Plug-ins tree. Click on the NULLsoft Shoutcast Source, then click “configure active plugin.”

1. Click on “Output” tab.
2. Check the box that says “connect at startup.”
3. Input the information provided by your hosting provider (server IP, port, password, etc.)
4. Click on the “Yellowpages” button.
5. Fill out the information (station name, any instant messengers you might use, etc.)
6. Click on
“Encoder” tab.
7. Make sure “Encoder Type” is set to mp3. For “My Stream Radio”, I had decided to broadcast at 64kbps, so I select 64kbps/44khz mono.
8. Click on the “Output” tab again.
9. Verify that the information in the “Status” section says “Sent.” If this is the
case, than you are currently broadcasting! Congratulations!

Sometimes you may see an error message. If you do, please make sure that any firewalls that you have are set to be open on the “port” that was assigned by your hosting provider.

We are done!

Creating and Setting Up a Internet Radio Station is very simple.

Now everyone can listen to “My Stream Radio” and enjoy the sweet sounds.

Internet Radio Directories: Submitting and Promoting
INTERNET RADIO, SHOUTCAST

Everyone knows if you want to sell something you have to promote the item and online radio stations are not the exception. You can create a web page, use a banner or even send emails to promote your station and get more listeners but sometimes that is not enough. You have to promote your station where people go to find a station to listen. If you have been asking yourself one of these questions:

How do I promote my Internet radio station?
How do I get more listeners?
Where can I start promoting my station?
This article will help you to get a few more listeners and let everyone know you exist in the world of Internet Radio and Audio Streaming.

Internet Radio Directories are the easier and faster way to promote your online radio station and get more listeners. Directories are websites with thousands of radio stations divided into categories where the listeners can go and search for something to listen to live. We omitted 2 directories in this article, Shoutcast Directory and Icecast Directory.

why? well Shoutcast Directory is the biggest directory followed by Icecast Directory but if you are streaming using one of this two systems, Shoutcast or Icecast, your radio station already is in the directory if the option “public” has been selected.

The following directories allow you to submit your radio station for free:

iTunes Radio

1- iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio is a very popular one but it is little difficult to submit your station.

Not because you need a degree in computer science but because apple is a little selective when they accept the submission. If your station is accepted it will bring good traffic to your station. See our article How do I get listed on iTunes Radio?

windows media radio guide

 2- Windows Media Guide

This is another popular directory where you can submit your Radio Station Online. Like iTunes Radio you will have to go through a process to be accepted. However it is not so difficult like iTunes Radio. See our article How do I get listed on Windows Media Radio Guide?

streema

3- Streema

Streema is an online radio tuner and Directory to discover, share, and listen to radio stations with your friends.

streamingthenet

 4- Streaming The Net

A multi-national Internet radio and TV Directory. This web site may not win awards for beauty, but strives to get you to your desired content quickly and efficiently.

delicast

 5- DeliCast

This directory is highly recommended it has a simple submission format and will give you a good amount of listeners.

tunein

6- TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio is a very popular directory between iPhone and Android users. Not only can people find your station online, they also can download the free application of TuneIn Radio and Listen from their mobile devices.

These are only a few Internet Radio Directories of thousands and thousands you can find online. If you want to be heard, you have to promote your online station. Sell your station like a product; expose your logo, name and link everywhere you can and the listeners will come.

Social Media

Social media is a very powerful tool but does not work by itself you have to work it out. This is another good method of promotion and also communication with your audience. I will talk to you more about this later.

Here is a list of what we have called the Golden Rules to attract more listeners:

How to Get More Listeners for your Radio Station
Options to listen
Make how to listen very obvious
Define your target audience
Respect your playlist
Promote your station
Have a music schedule
The website has to talk too
Communication with listeners
Content of the audio
Be patience and consistence

Now you created your station time for to choose Radio Imaging

 

 

What is Radio Imaging you ask? well in a nut shell Radio imaging is Branding of your Radio Image to stand out from other Radio Station's. Choosing the right one? do your research. I found one I like and use is Jeffradio.com and reasonible and affordible. you can check him out at http://www.jeffradio.com/

 

 

Custom Audio For Radio

 

 

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