Honestly, I have run a home owned station for years with a minium budget of 20 to 30 dollars year, yeah I know very cheap, but I have been running it with nothing more then a laptop, cheap microphone and stereo mix for years. I have used combinations of Spotify, Youtube, CD'S and a few mp3 and a few donated Sam Broadcaster Softwares for years. If they tried to make someone pay to play music that is offered to public to softwares on a streaming platform I pay nothing to use, damn I would go pirate in a second.
You know the music industry is one of the only ones to still be trying to tighten copyright and laws around. The movie industry finally realized that if people want it, they will find a way to get it, so they finally evolved and used the web to their advantage, they came up with a way to legally allow people to download movies to their devices. The movie industry is making tons of money this way, they got smart. Yet the music industry still wants to keep making laws tighter and tighter. When will they ever smarten up like the movie industry?