On Friday, affiliates of long-time Internet broadcaster, Live365, were informed via email that the company would shut down at the end of the month.
“We are sad that we are closing our doors at the end of this month. There are always possibilities that we can come back in one form or another, but at this point in time, January 31, 2016 is the last day that Live365’s streaming servers and website will be maintained and supported.”
Broadcasters were stunned and confused by the company’s announcement at the end of 2015. On December 31st, the company, which has been our broadcast parent for nearly 15 years, informed its internet affiliates across the network that recent negotiations on a new broadcasting royalty deal had sent the company in crisis mode.
The past royalty agreement involving small and medium broadcasters expired at the end of 2015. The new deal would have forced Live365 to drastically increase the costs nearly 500% percent on its affiliates. Coupled with the withdrawal of important investment partners, the company laid off its entire staff and vacated its offices in Foster City, California.
Today’s announcement ends a partnership that began in 2000, when I saw a story about the company on a news report. At the time, we didn’t have broadband, which would increase speeds for uploading and downloading files.
Live365 started in 1999 and survived many threats over the years. But its latest crisis was just too much to handle. Refunds are currently being made to broadcasters and listeners.
“We are proud that Live365 was a pioneer in the streaming music business and have provided a platform to hundreds of thousands of broadcasters to have a voice over the years.
Unfortunately, we have to say good bye.”
On January 11th, “Smooth Jazz and More” set up a new home at Radionomy, an internet broadcast provider with servers based in Brussels, Belgium. Despite the stream being free, there are still listener goals we must maintain to continue broadcasting. We encourage everyone to listen and support us!
You can listen to our new stream by clicking the newly added music player. No need to go to any website! You can also listen on the Tunein radio app by copy and pasting the website address:
I’d like to thank Live365 for giving me the opportunity to giving me a voice in the broadcast world for nearly 15 years. I’ve always wanted to be in broadcasting, and this venture made my dream come true. It breaks my heart that many people will be losing their jobs at Live365 due to bureaucrats in Washington.
Getting rid of 1,000’s of small and medium sized broadcasters is not the way to help music artists get more royalties, and thus, have their life’s work recognized. There should be more sources for music artists, not less. We encourage our listeners to contact their representatives in Washington and demand fairness for hobby broadcasters, like us.
As for our partnership with Live365, I’m so sorry to see them go.
It’s been one hell of a ride.