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The Future of The Internet Radio Hobbyist


This year there has a been a twist in the Pro’s and Internet Radio Broadcasters  story. The once Reliable and Affordable Licensing company named Stream Licensing stopped paying ASCAP and there has been talk of them not reporting info to other PROs such as B.M.I.and Sound exchange. They claim the ASCAP issue is due to overpayment and they stopped paying them due to such, to me this is irresponsible and is a disservice to the clients they represent.  They are Doing some nice dodging and weaving through emails promising things that are not realistic such as buying a radio station which they owned for some time prior and that is not licensed and talking about  ownership options etc.

I have read a post stating a former SL client filing complaints to the Law officials in Florida and some complaints possibly going to the FCC as well about the situation. Do I think Streamlicensing.com part of Stardom Media is being fraudulent? I can not tell you since there is always more to the story than you can find. But I do find it quite unethical to not pay the ASCAP fees and not let us know when they began doing so, they waited almost 6 to 8 months before notifying us and it was mainly due to ASCAP sending out emails.

Ok That said at the moment I would suggest avoiding SL until they get their records and licensing in order. This only leaves most of us hobbyists with a few options, paying ascap directly and forking out 200+ dollars.(outside of my budget) Moving to live365.com and be very restricted far as how you can listen to the music (all web based no direct link for Media Players etc.) and pay about the same amount and have to go with their broadcast servers, Radionomy which is a pain to keep going and you must meet quotas to keep the station up along with they are only web based or app. based in the USA. Then the next to last option of playing only Creative Commons Music, which I love but it limits what listener base  you will receive.

The only 2 options left are Closing down the Station or go through the painstaking process of contacting each record company, artists etc. to get a waiver to play their music. Their may be many artists who would sign waivers to keep their exposure up via the internet streaming since mainstream radio stations don’t play them often since they are not the popular bands or of the popular genres.

The thing is I went legal out of my desire to not only be legit but to support those artists, songwriters etc. they do deserve money for their works, but the amount that we must pay in internet streaming is quite high, and since advertisers are not too willing to support internet streams unless they are owned by some big media corp. etc. it makes it hard to even make any revenue to offset the cost of playing the music we all love.

I think one thing that really makes me mad is how many PRO’s there is and how complicated it is to get covered and to be legal, you would think that they would get together and form a one stop  shop for licensing and make it affordable and a monthly payment.  They would have more on board being legal for one thing and they wouldn’t have issues like they are at the moment with such places like Stream Licensing.

Now I Call out for Artists, Songwriters, Composers and Record companies to get into the game and try to find a solution that can help the broadcasters within the new media category become the new way to get artists exposure and raise capitol along with making it an affordable venture for the small broadcasters. There must be some way all the PRO’s and those associated with the Music industry can work together and find a way to make it good for all of us involved.

I really Hope Stream Licensing gets their act together and do what is right by their clients, after this month I may just move on to live365, play Creative Commons Licensed music  or  Even kill the station . Sad But its a Fact of life when your just a guppy in a ocean of sharks and whales I guess.

Feel free to leave comments on the Stream Licensing situation as well as the options out there for the little guppy broadcasters 😀

God Bless

Raymond Barbier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apeo: Generating a Hassle-free Online Poll


Have you ever find it hard to understand and know the impulse of the majority? Let’s say you have a study or you just simply need to know what people actually like or not.

If you have been pondering or searching for ways to get a quick result from surveying a certain group or your readers, I have something to recommend for you.

It’s simple, hassle-free, and will provide a surely quick result. Still, as technology continues to improve our daily lives, we can use an online poll to quickly understand and get the voice of the majority.

And for you to create an effective, stylish and eye-catching online poll, you can generate it through Apeo which guarantee a user-friendly experience of generating polls to suit your subject or audience.

You can generate an online poll through their site or download their iOS app.

The following are the simple and easy steps to generate poll:

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Apeo allows you to ask your readers anything and get a quick feedback from your on-going platforms simultaneously while giving you the choice between spreading the word and a more targeted approach. The answers are anonymous so you know you’re getting them right. You can quickly discover the majority’s viewpoint on a certain issue and learn how your readers/followers view and feel on any given topic.

 

Here is the sample of online poll made through Apeo:

http://app.apeo.co/2k7m5nc

http://app.apeo.co/2k7m5nc

To all my readers, I invite you to answer the poll. It’s quick and easy. You just need to click your answer and you’ll remain anonymous.

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Starting a internet radio station for free


Starting your own internet radio station is pretty simple now days and there are several ways to do so. You can broadcast directly from your pc using shoutcast and winamp, pay for a shoutcast server with a auto DJ and last but not least you can create a free account at radionomy.

In future posts I shall cover more of the other methods of starting a internet radio station, in this post I am going to focus on radionomy. Radionomy is not only a free way to start r listen to internet radio,  Radionomy is now the owner of Shoutcast and Winamp. For a free platform they provide a pretty good scheduling system within their radio manager. You can upload 1000 files to start with for you radio and they also have music available from their own catalog . The best part is Radionomy takes responsibility for the licensing required to be a legal broadcast. That’s right no worries about the copyright police knocking on your door.

“Radionomy is a free groundbreaking platform that is changing the way people from around the world create, discover, and listen to Internet radio. Radionomy provides everyone from artist and celebrities to professional broadcasters and music lovers with the tools and infrastructure to create, broadcast, promote and monetize their own online radio stations completely free of charge”

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Click logo above to visit Radionomy.com

Starting a internet radio station for free was originally published on RJB Networks

create animate me code breakdown


create animate me 1. 1 1 5000,astart;adone visible testwall no

  • create: this is the trigger, meaning that all code after it will be applied as soon as it loads.
  • animate: this is the action core, telling AW to expect animate-related syntax to follow.
  • me: this tells AW to apply the following code to the object which the code was written on. You could change this to the name of an object, but there’s really no reason to.
  • 1.: this is our dummy texture used in the so-called texture animation. You could use any texture for this, or none at all. If you use no texture, it would simply be a period, however this gives errors in the chat for people with error printing enabled, so I typically leave this to 1, which is actually a texture in the Alpahworld texture path.
  • 1 1: these two numbers are used in the texture animation. We’re not doing a texture animation, so leave these numbers alone.

All the code up to this point is the foundation, and is pretty much never changed. For all practical purposes, your AAA code will always start out with create animate me 1. 1 1

  • 5000: this is the delay in milliseconds, an important number. The delay is the length of time that occurs between when the object is loaded, and when the adone trigger will initiate. If you fired a missile and wanted something to happen after five seconds, then you’d use 5000.

At this point, all animate arguments are given, so we end it with a comma.

  • astart: this is also important, so pay attention. If you include astart here, then the animation’s delay will start its countdown as soon as the object loads. If you do not include it, the delay will wait for something to start it. You would not include the astart if you wanted a button to activate the AAA scripts.

We now add a semicolon because we’re going to move onto the next trigger – adone.

  • adone: as explained earlier, adone is a trigger, and AW will trigger it when the dummy texture animation is done playing. Just like create, all code following it will only occur once its been triggered.

At this point, any sort of action can be applied. This guide assumes you already know how to work with basic actions.

In our example, once AW loads the object containing the AAA script we made, a 5 second countdown will start, and when done, it triggers the adone section of code, which removes visibility from an object given the name testwall.

For More Info and Examples Read Original Article at SW City Builders Academy Click image Below

create animate me code breakdown was originally published on RJB Networks