November 1, 1995: NetRadio becomes world’s first 24-hour, Internet-only radio network. Using RealAudio 1.0, NetRadio pioneered online radio as we know it today. Today, we take it for granted that we can listen to virtually any radio station at any time through the Internet, and the NetRadio/RealAudio combination was a major step in that development. Internet radio led to greater diversity in programming options–suppose, for example, that fifteen years ago you wanted to listen to Bluegrass, but didn’t live within reach of a radio station that played Bluegrass. With NetRadio, you could now listen to it live as long as you’re connected to the Internet. The new technology enabled a multitude of voices, ideas, languages, music genres and so much more to reach millions of people all over the world, without going through the long and expensive process of applying for a license within a radio spectrum. As a result, the Internet grew a little more democratic.