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    Starting Up An Online Radio Station & Need Help

    ok so i decided to start up an online radio station and i need help with getting the necessary licenses for me to get up and running. i've already purchased a ShoutCast server for my streaming and also purchased a web hosting account for my website. All i need now is these darn Licenses.

    i was gonna go the Live365 route but it was to expensive for my budget. i've seen here that i can get licenses from LoudCity.net and SWCast.net and i'm actually looking at the SWCast.net route because its a cheaper route but its says that i have to broadcast my station from their site. its there a way that i can purchase the licensing plan they have and still broadcast from my site with my own shoutcast player? can somebody help me and let me know if this is the right way to go about things?

    thank you

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    Interesting can be to mention your location/country where you are living, for reason that most of the licenses are all different.
    That way members gonna be able to answer your question ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GKREurope View Post
    Interesting can be to mention your location/country where you are living, for reason that most of the licenses are all different.
    That way members gonna be able to answer your question ...
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    ok sorry, i currently live in Florida, US

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    You probably mis-read it or it wasn't clear. With either service, you broadcast from your site, not from their site.

    LoudCity has a new service called LoudCaster, which allows you to broadcast from their servers, aka Auto DJ.

    Most people in the States use either one. There are reviews on both here on BCW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoutcaststreaming View Post
    You probably mis-read it or it wasn't clear. With either service, you broadcast from your site, not from their site.

    LoudCity has a new service called LoudCaster, which allows you to broadcast from their servers, aka Auto DJ.

    Most people in the States use either one. There are reviews on both here on BCW.
    hey thanks for the reply but i got this from the LoudCity website...

    Your listeners can only tune-in via your LoudCity.com page. That means a LoudCity.com web page opened in a full window with a visible navigation bar. It's like this, websites need to be licensed and pay royalties when making use of music. Your performances on LoudCity.com are legally covered. If you are going to be performing music on your personal website then you are 100% responsible for securing your own licenses or owning up to the consequences for not securing your license. The RIAA is happy to explain who-what-when-where and why.

    i don't know about SWCast.com tho.

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    1- You are still broadcasting from YOUR PC (or server)

    2- They just make you go through their URL to comply with the licensing requirements of BMI, ASCAP, Sound Exchange, etc. and auditing purposes.

    You control your stream, not them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoutcaststreaming View Post
    1- You are still broadcasting from YOUR PC (or server)

    2- They just make you go through their URL to comply with the licensing requirements of BMI, ASCAP, Sound Exchange, etc. and auditing purposes.

    You control your stream, not them.
    yeah i understand that but i just want people to go to my site instead of their site. will SWCast let me do this?? i don't find anywhere on the site where it says you can't.

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    Most people on here don't use SWcast.

    You should just call them on their toll free telephone and ask them that question.
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    I cant think of a licensing company that allows this since the start of the stream MUST originate from who holds the license (SWCAST or LOUDCITY)
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    Your stream / broadcast can provide a wealth of information. Not only can it entertain but it can also inform.

    You can do a pre-roll stream announcement, in addition to announcements within the actual stream itself. Think outside the box and make your station unique ! Just putting a link will not guarantee that people will visit your station, announcing your station website in the broadcast will not guarantee that people will visit your station. What will guarantee people to visit a website - is an audio advert / link that grabs their attention and makes them curious. Content is absolutely king and will keep them coming back.

    Take a look in the section of marketing your station in the streaming media handbook. ( Page 16 ) It's free to read / download / print.

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