internet radio

EDM streaming growing fast

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) association published survey data at the end of last year showing the popularity of music streaming over the internet as classified by genre. The data showed that electronic dance music or EDM was growing the fastest of all streamed genres. In a piece entitled “Dance… Read more »

About the history of internet radio

About the history of internet radio If you were to set about researching the history of internet radio and began by asking Wikipedia. You would learn the world’s first internet radio station was launched by Carl Malmud way back in 1993. That his station was called Internet Talk Radio and… Read more »

Live365 is no more!

Following on from recent events 17 year old internet radio hosting service Live365 shut it’s doors for good a couple of days ago with the following message posted on it’s front page. Seventeen sweet years ago, it was something of a revolution to let anyone launch their own station. Anyone… Read more »

A guide to the iTunes Radio directory

The iTunes radio directory is a handy client for browsing internet radio stations. The browser itself is built into the iTunes software client and can be accessed through means of the highlighted radio tower icon visible in the picture below. Within the directory all the available radio stations are organized… Read more »

The copyright royalty board have killed our business say Live365

Reports doing the rounds today confirm that Live365 have now sent all their service subscribers an email announcing the closure of their service at the end of the month making their earlier warnings official. The CRB ruling handed down in December, 2015 did NOT renew or address the expiration of… Read more »

Listeners want control, sound quality and in-car functionality

A newly published study by Music Watch into what streaming audio consumers want in 2016 has listed control, sound quality and in-car functionality as their respondents top priorities coming in at 39%, 11% and 11% respectively. The survey in question was specifically aimed at current users of free streaming audio… Read more »

Apple CarPlay: More than 100 models to choose from

Apple has made a complete list available of 100 cars which now come with their in-car phone use service pre-installed. CarPlay allows access to a wide array of third party applications many of which center around music and radio of course including iHeartRadio, Spotify and Pandora which the driver controls… Read more »

Pandora and SoundCloud raise new funds in 2016

Pandora’s music streaming service looked set for change at the start of 2016 as it aims to raise cash and make a bid for struggling rival Rdio for 75 million dollars. With claimed assets of 180 million dollars in the bank, Pandora is hoping to raise another 300 million thanks… Read more »

Huge growth in streaming media consumption recorded in 2015

Figures published earlier this month by Nielsen Music and commented on by music industry pundits Billboard show the volume of streamed media being accessed in the United States doubled in 2015. With the total number of individual songs streamed increasing from 164.5 billion the year before to 317.2 billion last… Read more »

Apple rumored to be working on a new high resolution music format

Japanese blog Macotakra is making noises such that Apple may well be working on a new high resolution music format which it plans to release in the none too distant future. The blog post in question refers to “several insiders familiar with Apple saying the company has been developing high… Read more »

Apple puts an end to free music service iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio announced this week that’s it’s advertising revenue supported internet radio service would no longer be available as of the end of January 2016. The service was originally launched in 2013 and was available initially only in Australia and the United States. According to reports the news was announced… Read more »

Digitally Imported nukes free service from high orbit

In similar news to the recent announcement of redundancies and a possible complete shutdown of Reports are coming in from users that Digitally Imported have announced the closure of their free service which makes their music available to listeners for no cost at a lower bit rate than paying… Read more »

Internet radio stalward Live365 makes redundancies and plans for shut down

In December 2015 broadcasting service provider Live365 sent the following letter to it’s subscribers announcing that it was making redundancies and likely to close it doors in the new year. —- Dear Live365 Listener, For 17 years, Live365 has offered small webcasters the opportunity to stream music and talk programming,… Read more »

Things to know about the Copyright Royalty Board’s ruling of December 2015

Things to know about the December 2015 ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) on a new pricing structure for content licensing in the United States include. 1. Fee under the new structure will be collected by the SoundExchange. Royalty fees are distributed by the SoundExchange as follows. a. The… Read more »

Has the Unites States Copyright Royalty Board killed internet radio?

In very sad news for internet radio broadcasters everywhere December 2015 saw the Copyright Royalty Board, a body of the United States government which deliberates on licensing fees for internet radio stations, approve very significant increases in and a steepening of their fee structures. This new ruling has been seen… Read more »

What is radio imaging?

Radio imaging consist of a montage of spoken text and special effects mixed to produce branding content for radio stations, DJs and live events. These effects might involve voice recordings, introductions, sweepers, promotional messages and station jingles. The goal of which is a to create a sound montage which helps… Read more »

A guide to setting up an internet radio station

Here is a guide to building an internet radio station. 1. Station themes. The first question is to ask yourself what do I want to broadcast? Whether it’s talk, music, noise or something else entirely, you’ll need to consider what your aim is. Once you’ve chosen a theme you’ll need… Read more »

What difference is there between Shoutcast and Icecast?

You really have to options when it comes to choosing a steaming audio server solution, Shoutcast and Icecast. Now from a technical standpoint there’s a great deal of similarity between the two, however there are reasons to chose one over the other as we’ll see here. First it’s worth mentioning… Read more »

A guide to the biggest and best internet radio directories

It can be a challenge promoting a new internet radio station in today’s market space crowded with tens of thousands of stations. So this article will focus specifically on the goal of getting your station listed in all the major radio directories. These are the directories with the biggest audiences… Read more »

How does internet radio broadcasting work?

Streaming technology is used to distribute Internet radio, typically using a lossy audio codec. Where loss less formats lose none of the original sound quality in the creation of the audio file and lossy do. An example of a loss less audio formats would be FLAC. Streaming audio formats include… Read more »