Used to be that AM radio was available to provide some background while working on the site or fixing problems with the machines. That gave way to FM several decades ago. Now AM and FM radio stations galore have all joined IHeart which is a streaming service.

About 20 months ago, Shaw cable decided to stop providing FM on the cable system. This of course immediately obsoleted everyone’s receivers etc. Now most receivers have been replaced with bluetooth speakers to be able to be used by the mobile device. New model receivers are available with Bluetooth so they can be swapped for obsolete units. More than likely receivers will adopt iHeart know that it has become pervasive.

iHeart is widely available in a browser and apps for mobile phones and tables etc. are widely available too iHeart has become the most popular solution to the loss of FM. Every radio station on the planet is now slugging it out for listeners. The local surviving AM station CFAX 1070 has been on iHeart for a long time so it does not matter if the radio is DOA. Local radio can continue.

Local radio stations all have websites and users can stream the station live from a browser. Stations generally use Dolby AAC after the MPEGLA wanted a licensing fee for using MPEG layer 3 audio. Dolby was incredibly generous to grant free license to radio stations.

iHeart does not show the bit rate for a given radio station but most are at least 128 kilobit and some are 192 kilobit. There are a few that are 256 kilobit or higher but the are scarce. Generally the sound quality is excellent suggesting 192 bit or better streams. So far no station has been shut off due to poor sound reproduction.

iHeart has been the goto for radio stations and as such the rich range of stations is unbelievable. To be able to listen to one of 1000 US or Canadian stations is easy. iHeart is not limited at all, stations from the entire world are available and there is a search feature to find particular stations of interest.