Find and listen to Internet radio stations

You can find radio stations that broadcast over the Internet, and listen to them in Windows Media Player 11.

Radio stations in Windows Media Player 11

You can use the Media Guide in Windows Media Player 11 to find and play Internet radio stations. The Media Guide is like an electronic magazine; it is updated daily with links to the latest movies, music, and video on the Internet, as well as links to some of the most popular radio stations from around the world.

To find and play radio stations using the Media Guide

  1. In Windows Media Player 11, click the arrow below the Online Stores tab, and then click Media Guide.

    Picture of Media Guide selected on the Online Stores menu
  2. Click Internet Radio.

    Previously, this option was named Radio Tuner.

  3. Browse to find the station you want, and then click Listen to start playing it or Visit to open the station's website in your web browser.

Radio stations offered by online stores within the Player

Some online stores within Windows Media Player 11 offer their own radio programming. The radio stations provided by each online store may be different from the radio stations provided in the Media Guide in Windows Media Player. Also, some online stores may require you to create an account in order to listen to their radio stations.

To find and play radio stations offered by online stores within the Player

  1. In Windows Media Player 11, click the arrow below the Online Stores tab, and then click Browse all Online Stores.

    Picture of Browse all Online Stores selected on the Online Stores menu
  2. Click one of the online stores, or to narrow your search to stores that primarily offer radio programming, click Radio under Categories.

    Picture of the Radio link under Categories
  3. On the selected store's page, follow the instructions to use their radio programming.

Radio stations on Internet websites

In your web browser, you can use a search engine such as Windows Live Search to search the Internet for radio stations and listen to them using Windows Media Player 11. For example, you could search for radio stations in your city or radio stations that play jazz music.

After you locate a radio station's website, follow the instructions to begin streaming the station to your computer, if this service is offered. For example, some stations have a "Listen Live" button on their webpage that you can click to stream their music.

Radio stations that can be played in Windows Media Player typically display the Windows Media logo Picture of the Windows Media logo, and the stations may also let you select Windows Media Player as the listening format.

If you know the URL of the radio station stream (for example, http://www.contoso.com/radio.wmx), you can play that station in Windows Media Player.

To play a radio station in the Player if you know the station's website address

  • In Windows Media Player, press CTRL+U, and then type the URL for the live stream of a radio station in the Open box. The station begins playing in Windows Media Player.