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Catch All Discussion Board / iTunes Heads-Up!
« on: February 03, 2018, 11:38:58 PM »
Hello Webcasters,
Just a heads-up: There have been rumors etc. about iTunes wanting to drop Internets Radio Stations in favor of it's own producer-driven and on-demand streaming  components...
Weeeeellll, I am here to tell you that this seems to be accurate.
Like a MORON, I forgot to pay my $7.95 streaming bill in January.
I was dark for less than a day and I am now not listed in the iTunes Internet Radio directory anymore.
And they aren't taking new-submissions or updates.
After 6-plus years.
65% of my listeners.
I lost 1/2 my listeners in a server-swap in 2016.
This sucks.

Catch All Discussion Board / Crickets...
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:21:10 AM »
I find it worrisome that hundreds participated in the last conference call but nobody is posting here about the issues we are all facing.
The only thing I have seen from broadcasters is on a Facebook group.
Most of it is very negative.
While I respect and understand the viewpoints presented there I just want to throw something out there:
If we don't find a way to stand together, we will not gain anything and risk losing it all.
None of us are heer for a quick buck or to rip-off anybody.
We are here to do things the right way.

This does not mean we have to agree with or even accept what is going on, it just means that us little-people need to stick together.
None of us impactd by the CRB ruling were expecting to get rich, but we are being treated like leeches and criminals for trying to obey the rules.
This is not how things are supposed to work.
While I understand the concerns of people who decided to pay ASCAP, please understand that those of who have decided to wait until the evidence is in are taking a risk on your behalf.
I am a musician and feel very strongly about artists getting paid what they deserve, but I also know that we deserve to be treated fairly by all parties.
Many of us PAY for the 'privilige' of doing what record companies and the PROs used to do: Support artists and promote them and their rights-and without getting one thin-dime for our efforts.
I'm not asking anyone to risk getting crushed by penalties, I am asking for all of you to come together to advance our passion and make the best use of technology to make things better for everyone involved.
YES, I would like SL and Stardome to do better at communication.
When they promise us updates, give us updates, even if they are just, "sorry, we can't tell you more right now.." updates.
YES, a more clear explaination of SL indenmnifiying us needs to happen.
And YES, we need to see some sort of roadmap to a resolution of this. But don't just give-up and waste all of the time you have already invested in your passion-it is also the passion of many others as well.
We can makes this work, we just need to try.

StreamLicensing Blog / Listener Analytics and Metrics
« on: October 30, 2016, 01:24:46 AM »
Hi All,
Anyone know of a reliable source for comparing analytics with industry standards?
I am trying to compare things like number of sessions to listening hours.
I don't have a ton or listeners, but they tend to listen for a fair number of hours and I am trying to find out how well I am doing compared to other stations.
I'm trying to gauge how well calls to action are doing.

StreamLicensing Blog / Asking for a Friend...
« on: September 10, 2016, 12:28:21 AM »
I'm posting this here because I don't think it would be covered by opening a ticket:
A local college radio DJ has a very successful weekly show and has been told repeatedly by lawyers that he cannot make podcasts of previous broadcasts available via streaming.
By 'previous broadcasts' we're talking about around 10 years worth.
If all the meta-data or playlists are properly uploaded or otherwise legally documented so licensing is done and royalties are paid..wouldn't it be legal?
Technically the terrestrial station he broadcasts from, being a college station, would fall under the same rules as a Public Radio station...does that make a difference?
I don't think the school could claim they 'own' this or at the very least his 'brand'. He promotes shows and runs his business under the same name as his radio show and even has his own (large) catalog of recorded sessions by the bands he plays.
He is deeply frustrated by this and claims nobody has a solution.
I recommended he just start his own station but I also said I ask around to see if anybody has additional answers.
Since I know many of you have varied experiences and some of it is quite extensive:
Any insights, experience, or ideas?
Thanks in advance.

StreamLicensing Blog / When to Kick or Ban...?
« on: August 04, 2016, 02:21:31 AM »
Hey Guys,
I am new to having detailed analytics.
I know from previous experience, that listeners who login and listen for extremely long periods aren't always Bots.
I have, in the past, listened to a station non-stop for a long time.
Those with much more experience might have a better feel for this:
What are the red-flags or thresholds were you actively seek to get listeners of your server/station?
Any thoughts or advice?

StreamLicensing Blog / Tech advice from the forum?
« on: July 22, 2016, 02:16:30 AM »
Hi Guys,
I've searched the Internets for advice on this but I can't find anything on-point to our situation as broadcasters:
Upgrade to Windows 10 or not?
I haven't bought any new radio-specific software in a while-are the old standby programs like SAM upgraded to work effectively with Win. 10?

Catch All Discussion Board / Tunein Update
« on: July 15, 2016, 03:32:56 AM »
I've been trying to update my Tunein submission for weeks but nothing is happening.
I have either gotten messages saying that I submitted the wrong information (stream URL) or that the updates should post within two hours.
I have gotten no movement.
I know many people have had rapid success with updates so I am not sure what is going on.

Any clues or suggestions?

So, right now I am still waiting to get back on Tunein so I can only listen via mobile with the new player on a mobile browser.
I first tried it when I was still on Tunein.
Now, in the past I have been told that there should be no difference in sound quality but the bass was deeper and the highs clearer on the SL player.
The only issue I had was my old iPhone 5 doesn't have the best antenna.
Today I tried it on my Blackberry Classic and had ZERO buffering or dropouts in over an hour driving all around Los Angeles.
The Album art displays are getting better all the time too.
I like how the track data displays as well. Most of the time it will post an album title along with the song-most mobile players and apps don't do that.
Not that anybody should care about that while they are driving...but for those listening on tablets or while just sitting around it looks really cool.
On the desktop player it looks even better. The connection has been really quick and solid even with my lousy (REALLY lousy) home connection.

My only questions are about the 'share' buttons.
I know the premium version has some upgrades, but I was wondering this:
It may be for legal reasons, but in the past with Tunein and other apps, when you hit the 'share' button for whichever social network you wanted to share via, I used to get a "now playing" hashtag with the song and artist.
Is this not legal anymore and if so, is there a way to alter that ability so it doesn't prompt stream-rippers to jump-in and start recording?

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