Even though the SHOUTcast streaming music platform may have been developed by the makers of Winamp, there are a number of ways to access this service other than using the Winamp software media player. If you are not sure exactly what SHOUTcast is, then it is basically a streaming media software application that enables the broadcast of radio stations over a network -- usually this is the Internet. For the listener, all that is needed is a software program that can connect with a SHOUTcast server. You will then be able to choose a radio to listen to from a large list -- currently there are over 52,000 stations that are broadcasting all over the Internet!
Using Winamp to tune into Web radio is a popular way, but there are other software media players out there that also have built-in support. For example, iTunes, Foobar2000, Spider Player, Fusion Media Player, and others are all compatible with SHOUTcast.
Another way to access Web radio via SHOUTcast servers is to use a mobile music app. There are several SHOUTcast apps now available for various mobile operating systems such as: iOS (iPhone / iPod / iPad), Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry OS, and others.
For a look at other ways you can access Internet radio stations that stream via SHOUTcast, read our definition article on SHOUTcast that goes into more detail on the subject.
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