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Digital Audio Essentials by Bruce Fries, Marty Fries

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Setting Up Your Own Station

This section provides information on setting up your own Internet radio station with Live365, Nicecast, and SHOUTcast. Consult the help file or the developer’s web site if you run into trouble or need additional details on each system.

Live365

In addition to providing listeners with a wide range of stations from dozens of different webcasters, Live365 gives you several options to easily and legally create your own Internet radio station. Songs can be from your own music library or from Live365’s online library. You create your programs using playlists, optionally mixed with live material (such as a DJ with a microphone). The resulting webcasts are streamed to listeners via Live365’s high-capacity servers.

Live365 lets you create three different kinds of webcasts: Basic mode, Live mode, and Relay mode. The maximum bit-rate for all modes is 56 kbps for MP3, or 64 kbps if you use mp3PRO. Bit-rates of 96 kbps and 128 kbps are available only as part of the professional packages (see the sidebar “Ready to Turn Pro?”) or custom personal packages.

All of Live365’s personal packages require you to accept the Live365 Personal Broadcaster Agreement. Several key legal elements in the agreement are common to most forms of Internet radio. For example, you agree not to broadcast anything illegal or obscene, which the agreement spells out in excruciating detail. Also, you must agree that links to your Live365 webcasts won’t appear on any other web site (except for web sites ...

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