Along with their conventional RF transmitters, nearly all major radio stations now broadcast their programs through the Internet (Streaming Media). Also, many web-radios are exclusively Internet-based.
Being cheap and small, transforming the Raspberry PI into an Internet radio player was really tempting. Adding a wireless adapter, plus a handful of cheap components, the RPI may easily be transformed into a standalone “receiver”.
Full articles from IT9XXS Blog here:
Turn a Raspberry Pi into a Web Radio Receiver (Part 1)
Turn a Raspberry Pi into a Web Radio Receiver (Part 2)