One Year After Going Dark, Live365 Returns from the Dead

After months of speculation and downtime, Live365 comes roaring back.

Following a denial from the US government to lower small webcaster rates, Live365 closed its doors over a year ago.  The elimination of the Small Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009 caused royalty payments for webcasters to suddenly surge.  However, following a teaser site earlier this year, Live365 has officially come back in full force.

In January, exactly one year after Live365 went dark, their new website quietly resurfaced.  The website displayed a framework of what broadcasters would expect.  The new service would offer 24/7 cloud automation as well as 24/7 support.  Players would carry the station brand and could also be embedded in websites.  Live365 would cover US-based webcast royalty payments, including SoundExchange, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.

Starting yesterday, Live365 has publicly opened broadcaster sign-ups.  The service states that anyone can create a legal radio station in just a matter of minutes.  Previously, users would have to join a three-month waiting list.

Following the service’s closure last year, Jon Stephenson acquired the brand in July at a bankruptcy auction.  The owner of content delivery network EmpireStreaming, Stephenson said in a statement,

Live365 has been one of the best-known names in internet radio since 1999.  By restoring the platform, we’re giving small webcasters a home to build diverse, creative content while we handle the complex licensing, monetization, and distribution.  Live365 has a renewed passion to give webcasters a voice in internet radio.

Stephenson revealed the company’s distribution plan with the launch of their new app.  The iOS app will allow listeners to discover new content absolutely free.  At the same time, it gives broadcasters who join the service an instant audience.  Live365 stated that it’s hard at work on its offerings for Android, Amazon Alexa, Sonos, and more by the third quarter of 2017.

Currently, the service has a dedicated, “passionate” team of 15 people hard at work at reviving the brand.

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