Sites like these have two models: they either come with advertising (visual with sites like Pandora, or in terms of traditional commercials in the ‘free’ version of Live365). They often come with a ‘no commercials’ version which is supported by user-subscriptions. I neither model does the artist ‘pay to play’. I establish relationships with the DJs and they make the decisions as to what to play. If they dig what I’m doing, I get rotation on their stations. This is how it should be.
A Quick Political Announcement To Help Save Internet Radio!
Last year, there was a ruling last March 5th by the Copyright Ruling Board (CRB) that would have forced Internet radio station royalty payments to triple.Their reasoning was to bring internet royalty payment ‘in line with terrestrial radio.’ If put into effect, this decision would have put pretty much all internet radio stations immediately out of business. Thankfully, a coalition of broadcasters, listeners and legislators have been able to put this ruling on hold. But it’s only a stop gap. No one in the recording community will breathe easy until a permanent fix is provided and fortunately there is one in the hopper. House Resolution 2060, sponsored by Congressman Jay Inslee of Seattle, WA. The Internet Radio Equality Act is now working it’s slow way through Congress. You can read more at the above link, or by checking out the SaveNetRadio.Org. Please check ’em out because time is running out.