Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, our pioneering internet broadcast provider has returned. Live365 made its return to internet broadcasting this week, nearly a year after the company was forced to shut down due to rising royalty costs for recorded music. The company was purchased in bankruptcy court by a young entrepreneur with previous experience running web streaming.
The website provided visitors a message proclaiming, “We’re Back”. There are no stations currently being broadcast as of this post, however potential broadcasters are able to start their own internet radio stations.
The new cost structure isn’t cheap. The three-tier package has starting broadcasters paying $59 dollars a month for 25GB storage. Listeners and bandwidths are unlimited. However, the maximum total listening hours (TLH) are 1500 in the US. Other packages are $99 and $199 per month. The good news is that music licensing is covered and there is the potential for monetizing the station’s audiences.
Smooth Jazz and More began broadcasting with Live365 in 2000. We enjoyed many years of service with the company. However the prices being proposed doesn’t make it an option to return at the current time. That may change pending the outcome of any legal issues with Radionomy.