I am trying to figure out if the live audio feeds works the same as a scanner. And if so why would people have to buy scanners if they could listen for free here? Im not very radio savvy yet so pardon me if the question sounds stupi
Quite true,I would like to add that there is a timeline from what the scanner picks up and when it gets to your computer.A live audio feed "is" a scanner (or another type of radio) streamed to the internet. A scanner/radio can only receive within about a 30 mile radius. Feeds allow listeners to monitor radio traffic from areas far, far away from their listening area.
If listening to a local feed, one is restricted to what is on the feed. Using a scanner you can monitor more nearby systems/frequencies then what are provided on a feed. Also most feeds do not provide police/fire tactical and investigative channels as well as ambulance-to-hospital transmissions.
There are probably hundreds of channels to monitor on your scanner that are not streamed.