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If you’re a radio fanatic or even just a fan, you’re going to love SHOUTcast! SHOUTcast allows you to listen to any radio station found on the Internet. If that sounds good to you, here’s how you can get it!

Getting Winamp

For starters, you’re going to need the Winamp Media Player. To get Winamp, head on over to http://www.winamp.com and click on the Free Download button. Then click Run (or Save if you’re using Firefox) and install it.

I recommend unchecking the boxes for the additional features you can get, such as the Winamp toolbar. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I need is another toolbar!

Now, just sit back, relax and allow the program to install.

Once Winamp is installed, head over to http://www.shoutcast.com and choose a radio station you would like to listen to. For example, let’s try NPR (National Public Radio).

Of course, NPR transmits from many different places, so for now, let’s just stick with the non-localized version.

Next to the radio station, click on Tune In. If your computer starts playing the station, you’re good to go. On the other hand, if yours opens something else, here’s what you can do:

1.) Right click on Tune In.

2.) Choose Properties.

3.) Highlight the link’s address and copy it (Ctrl + C).

4.) Now, open Winamp and click on Add, Add URL.

5.) Press Ctrl + V to paste the link you copied from the SHOUTcast Web site.

6.) Click Open and you’re done.

You can also use SHOUTcast to pick up independent radio or stations from another part of the world. Isn’t technology amazing? Happy listening!

~ Brandon Zubek