The good news: Live365 is returning soon, as reported by Kurt Hansen’s Radio & Internet News. The bad: the lowest priced plan will cost about four times the cost of the previous lowest cost plan. The result: if Wind Band FM returns to the air, it will not be the ad-free version that once graced the Internet airwaves. I simply cannot afford it at that cost. Also, since the Copyright Royalty Board has basically priced royalty rates progressively higher based on a station’s income – and that price being higher than the station’s income – this may still not be an economically viable option. I am curious to see how the new Live365 handles this.
More than likely, if Wind Band FM does return in the future, I will block streaming in the United States to avoid paying the ridiculously high royalty rates.
By the way, I speak as a composer/arranger and member of ASCAP.
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I no longer see a way forward. Thank you for your support of Wind Band FM.
Record labels are suing Radionomy, which owns Winamp and Shoutcast, for hosting pirate radio stations. According to the story on TorrentFreak, Radionomy has admitted to not paying royalties to SoundExchange since 2014.
Why is this important? Because this was one of the places where I had thought of moving Wind Band FM. Glad I didn’t. Repeated attempts to access Radionomy’s website in the last several minutes have failed.
Just wanted to update everyone. I am still looking at a couple of options for the future of Wind Band FM, as well as searching for more options. I am waiting to see what happens in the next few weeks regarding the higher royalty rates for Internet radio stations. When I feel more confident in my options, I will share them and ask for input on my decision. Thanks for being patient and keep you’re fingers crossed!
As of 9:22 pm CST (0322 GMT), Wind Band FM is no longer broadcasting. I chose to end early so I would be able to delete music files from Live365 before access is blocked. I still have not found an affordable alternative, so I am unsure how long the station will be off the air. For now, we remain “tacet.”
Welcome to Wind Band FM. The station can be currently found at Live365 until January 31, 2016. At that time, Live365 will be shutting down and Wind Band FM will be without a host. I am in the process of looking for a new host.