Good, free Internet Streaming sources.

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Currently, I like the Jazz Groove and even donated during their recent fund drive.

As I grew up in the 60 - 70's I'd like to find a similar "free" non-jazz streaming source of popular music from this era.

I recently hit upon such a station, but they are an FM broadcaster and clearly their internet stream is just a pipe of their highly COMPRESSED FM broadcast. So Too Bad - The music mix is fantastic IMHO

Anyone know of such a station? There's Radio Paradise of course with their FLAC streams, but unfortunately I cant stand any of their mixes and have to quit them in ~15 minutes...

Unlike the Jazz Groove, where I could easily listen all day long - or until I'm simply tired of Jazz / listening to music.

Thanks for any help with this!
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Years ago, while driving from Lisboa to Porto in Portugal, I found the Smooth Jazz station. No commercials and remarkably, uninterrupted coverage throughout the trip. That means they have more than one transmitter broadcasting the same material, as the distance between those two cities is longer than the regular FM station coverage range. They also stream over the Internet an the web page shows other musical styles available.

Thanks guys. What I meant to say is I have the Jazz pretty well covered, but am looking for 70's -ish classic radio station.

RetroRadioCalifornia (Retro Radio California) is the one with the clear compression. I guess they're a global internet radio station - not an FM broadcaster with a stream on the side. Why they compress like that is beyond me...

I'll look into the suggestions. Appreciate it!
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Always lots to explore on icecast. The quality is variable from one to the next but there's so much selection.

One good way to explore icecast is to install Clementine media player and use it to load the icecast directory. Then find the genre you are looking for and load all those streams into the play list, then sort by bitrate to find higher quality streams. In the example, there is no really high bitrate stuff but often enough you'll find 256k or 320k which is at least "decent". Note: even 192k AAC+ can be pretty good.


Whether you like the music playlist/mix can only be determined by trying them.

If/when you do find one you like, and you want to play the stream through something other than Clementine, you can go to Streaming directory -- streams & radios and type the name of the "station" in to find the direct stream link. For example:


You can right-click that M3U link and copy the url, then paste it into whatever media server or application that you use to stream audio into your hi-fi system. Usually there is an option to add your own internet radio streams. Good luck!


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