The national radio stations, all four of them, are also available via the Internet:
- RTE Radio 1 - mostly talk & news shows.
- RTE 2FM - chart & alternative music.
- RTE Lyric FM - mostly classical music.
- RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta - Irish language talk shows & music.
The above use RealPlayer to stream across the Internet so you need to have it installed. Never fear, however, as there is an alternative to the horribly bloated hunk o' junk that RealPlayer has become, imaginatively titled Real Alternative. Simply download the install file, close you browser, run the exe file and then you'll be able to play all RealPlayer movies & music without the junk. Lovely! It also comes with a fairly small player called Media Player Classic that looks and works like the old (version 6 and older) Windows Media Player, the difference being that it will play Real Player and Quicktime files along with the standard AVI, WMV, etc, which Windows Media Player won't, so it can prove to be a fairly useful little program.