How to Listen to Internet Radio Stations

Listen to internet radio using Windows Media Player 11

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If you think Windows Media Player is just a software program that plays back music and video files, then think again! It's also fully capable of connecting you to hundreds of internet radio stations so that you can stream radio through your computer whenever you like.

This short tutorial will show you how to use Windows Media Player 11 to not only play streaming music but also to bookmark your favorite radio stations. 

If you're using Windows Media Player 12, the instructions are a bit different. If so, see our guide on how to stream internet radio stations with WMP 12. Also, see how to stream internet radio in VLC Media Player and stream internet radio in iTunes.

WMP 11 was replaced by WMP 12 in 2009. If your system is newer than that or has been updated since then, you're on WMP 12.

How to Stream Internet Radio Using WMP 11

  1. With Windows Media Player open, right-click the blank space next to the arrows at the top left corner of the program.

  2. Navigate to View > Online Stores > Media Guide.

    Once selected, you will be presented with the latest top picks which include music, movies, games, and radio.

  3. With Media Guide open, click the Radio button.

    On the Radio screen is a list of popular genres that you can select to see a list of available radio stations. For example, choosing the Top 40 link will display a list of streaming radio stations of that particular genre.

    For a genre not listed, type in the search box and click the green arrow to search for more stations. There's also a shortlist of featured streaming music stations to get you started.

  4. Left-click a station to select it. You'll see more information about it, along with options for adding the station to your favorites, visiting the internet radio station's website, and playing the streaming audio.

  5. Click Play to start listening to the music

  6. If you get an Enhanced Content dialog box appear on screen, then accept the request by clicking the Yes button to load the station's website.

How to Bookmark Radio Stations in WMP 11

Since there are hundreds of stations to choose from, you'll need to add the ones you like to your favorites list in order to keep track of them.

  1. While listening to a radio station, click the blue Back Arrow icon to get back to the list of stations.

  2. Choose Add to My Stations.

  3. To see a list of stations that you have bookmarked, go back to the main Radio screen and find My Stations.

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