Live365.com is now live. At the same time, it’s not yet live. Do you understand?
A year after Live365 went dark, the new website quietly resurfaced. The frontpage of Live365.com currently reads,
Start Your Station
Create your own online radio station with music licensing, 24/7 cloud automation, brandable players, station discovery, and the ability to earn revenue. We love talented individuals and organizations with something to share, something to say. Join us!”
Despite stating that they’re back, the actual service isn’t necessarily live, however. Users who click on Listen Now are greeted to a blank page that simply reads,
“Listen to Free Internet Radio
The current website displays a framework of what broadcasters and listeners can expect. For programmers, the new Live365 will offer
“easy to learn 24/7 cloud automation. Live support will also be a 24-hour service, evidently. On the front end, players will can carry the station brand, can be embedded in websites, and will permit social sharing an a yet-unspecified way.”
The service will also cover US-based webcast royalty payments, including SoundExchange, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. Live365 will also offer ad insertion and revenue sharing, including “easy ad insertion triggers.” The site will allow broadcasters to “maximize [their] revenue with fast payouts.” You’re also able to create a brandable player for your own website as well as social media sharing. For international users, the service offers intuitive reporting and geo-filtering.
On January 1, the service shuttered its doors due to new royalty payment hikes. In March, the US government denied small webcasters’ pleas to lower the rate.
Live365 currently offers 3 brodcasting plans. These plans range from $59/month to $199/month. They vary in total storage space, from 25GB to 100GB. There are also different TLH (total listening hours) limits in the US. However, all three plans include 192kbps max bitrate, unlimited listeners, and unlimited bandwidth.
Upon clicking “Sign Up,” users will find the following message.
“Join the Waitlist
“Open sign-ups will be coming soon. For now, join the waitlist to reserve your spot.”
The website has yet to confirm when radio stations will officially launch.