I was browsing some google searches, and by accident I happened to discover that the famous amateur radio site, “Live3655” is back in business!! I wonder how this came about? If you recall, I’ve written an article awhile back concerning live365 closing its doors, because licensing fees have become far too expensive to stay in business. In their letter to the public, they talked about how they wanted to focus more on other business that they have, and moving away from streaming. Needless to say, like many millions of live365 fans out there, I was morning the loss of a great service along with them. Now, their back up with a new face and application design! I’m guessing they some how was able to negotiate a “better licensing deal.” For whom tho? I don’t know, because the new price structure for broadcasting has more than doubled since before they’ve made their closing public, and more than triple if you pick a plan without supported ads. However, one huge difference that we didn’t have before was unlimited listeners. Although their offering more, and the music offered by users (broadcasters) are still just as awesome, the new price structure has made the site somewhat elite, in my opinion. The average person will not be able to afford even the lowest price range. This could only mean one thing, they did not underestimate their loyal fans, fans who have a deep connection to music, and fans who want to support artists legally. Despite the site appearing to be somewhat for the “elite,” It seems that everyone has unlimited listening pleasure. Not sure if they still have the Live365 mobile app, if they do it’s probably a small fee to remove the commercials. Visit Live365 to check them out. Looks real nice.
So, I downloaded the mobile app. I didn’t like it to be honest. It wasn’t immediately intuitive, and the player seemed to be separate from the application itself. It is free, but there doesn’t appear to be away for you to log in/sign up. So the site has indeed become elite for broadcaster’s, with the option for listeners to enjoy music for free (without limits, or dealing with “full stations”). You’ll probably find it easier to listen to music directly from their site. Be aware that there isn’t anywhere near as many broadcasters as there were before. As I’ve said because of the significant price increase, I’m sure it will take a while longer for more broadcasters to come on board.