Tune In The World On Your Tablet PC

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I have to admit that most of the time I automatically head to my MP3 collection when I need some background noise while working on my Tablet PC. Music downloads seem to get all the press and most of our attention these days. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there’s a cornucopia of free or nearly free music, news, entertainment, and other content available via internet radio.

If you’re connected to the internet, Microsoft has made tuning in pretty easy. Windows Media Player for XP features internet radio capability built in and even has some stations preset to get you started. So fire up your Tablet (no need to wait for the tubes to warm up), connect to the internet (no need to adjust the rabbit ears) and:

  • Click Start
  • Mouse over All Programs
  • Choose Windows Media Player
  • Click Radio and then double click a preset web radio station

Most radio content is streamed (meaning it’s sent out as a series of compressed packets of information) so Windows Media Player will buffer (or collect and store) 30 seconds or so of the stream before it starts playing. There you have it, live (or semi-live) radio on your Tablet PC.

Chances are however that you’ll get bored pretty quickly if you stick to just the preset stations. So Windows Media Player will of course help you get your search on and scour the world for radio content. To get started on your search:

  • Click Start
  • Mouse to All Programs
  • Choose Windows Media Player
  • Click Radio
  • Click in the search bar and type your term

The search bar hooks you up through the web to search for internet radio stations by keyword or zip code (in the U.S.), or you can browse through selections in various genres such as Blues, Rock, Sports, Talk, etc. You can also search the internet for stations based on language, geographical location or many other criteria.

If you find a station you like and want to be able to come back to it, simply click Add to My Stations and Windows Media Player will save the location for you.

So the next time you’re reaching for your MP3 collection, take a minute to spin the internet radio dial and listen to a little Russian talk radio or groove to some Nicaraguan marimba.

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