www.pandora.com - basically lets you create your own custom radio station... type in a few of your favorite artists, select quick mix, enjoy. Pandora browses its library to find artists similar to the ones you select,and plays music from those artists. It's a free service, but every hour you have to click a "Are you still listening" button, unless you pay for a premium account.
I also recommend Pandora.com. I found out about it here on Audiogon.
Altho dated, check out the thread titled "Internet Radio Stations That Sound Really Good" in this PC Audio section (use the search function). I still find it quite useful today, tho the focus of the responses is slightly different than your question.
It was a good thread....
kexp is the college station at the univ. of washington. it has gotten a lot of backing from Paul Allen, co-founder of microsoft, so they're very state of the art (multiple formats, archived shows, etc.) and have won awards for their internet station.
but the best thing about it are the specialty shows. I'm particularly fond of the reggae and african shows, although 'wo-pop' (world pop) is often quite good too. you'll hear stuff on these shows I can practically guarantee you'll never hear anywhere else. the shows are archived for 2 weeks, so you can listen when you want.
I listen to "Live 365" for hours at a time every day. Lets you choose from LOTS of stations in your chosen genre. Premium membership plans cost 6.00 to 8.00 per month. After reading the above, I'll have to check out Pandora, too.
You can access nearly 17,000 stations of every conceivable genre worldwide through this portal. I don't use their player, but use their search functions to find stations I like and listen to them through iTunes, through FStream on my iPhone, or listen through a free-standing WIFI receiver in the kitchen.
My favorite stations are Bartok Radio from Budapest (Classical/Jazz) and KCWR from Santa Monica.
radio paradise is a good, commercial free internet station. slacker is another free service like pandora too.
Radio Swiss Classic - http://www.radioswissclassic.ch/en/webradio
One of my very favorite ones is built right into iTunes. Just click radio then ambient then Drone Zone @ 128kbps.
I like Radio Paradise and WXPN. Pandora is really cool too.
I really love Pandora, but 2 others that haven't been mentioned are lastfm, and imeem.
http://www.solopianoradio.com/ great station ,,,,,,
There must be an awful lot of good ones. No one has mentioned radioio.com. I think it sounds great and the selection of genres is nice too. I will check out others listed here.
Wow! I didn't know there were so many! I need to create bookmarks for all these and save them for easy access.
Here is my Last.fm profile. I'm discovering a lot of ambient and experimental music. http://www.last.fm/user/TimbrePitch
Thank all of YOU for your help!
check it out.
Checked out pandora.com. Great!
Ones that I listen to a fair bit (CKUA perhaps moreso than others) . . . . Bartok Radio, DR Folk, TSF 89.9, CKUA (local public radio . . . . my view the best in it's class), France Musique, France Vivace, Folk Alley, WGBH, Virlands Early Pink Floyd/Later Pink Floyd . . .
Check out the recent thread in this forum titled "Internet radio stations that sound really good" which dates back to 01-25-09 as of this posting. I'll add that DeeperIntoMusic dot com just added a 128 AAC stream and it sounds quite good.