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 Post subject: LoudCity Shutting Down!
PostPosted: February 3rd, 2014, 7:51 pm 
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Just received this email about 5 minutes ago:

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Hello Broadcasters,

It's with a heavy heart we tell you that LoudCity will be closing down on Feb 28. After several years the team has decided to move on to other opportunities.

No new service fees will be charged to any broadcaster as of tomorrow, February 4th. If you were charged a service fee on February 1 to February 3, 2014, you will receive a refund for the unused balance of your account for March 1st, 2nd or 3rd, as the case may be. Refunds will be issued to you in March.

It's truly been a pleasure serving all of you. We hope you will continue your craft with other services. We wish you the best of luck in whatever your next step may be.

Signing off, LoudCity


Trying to locate a new license provider. I found streamlicensing.com by searching these forums. They look pretty good and in addition to U.S. Licensing they support Canadian SOCAN which is great. Looks like their price is about double of what LoudCity charges which is fine. Does anyone have any other recommendations?

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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2014, 7:54 pm 
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Yup. I just got that email. I'm sad.

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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2014, 8:03 pm 
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This is a sad day in radio history.
Is there any other service to pay our Royalties through?

They have fought long and hard for Internet stations and we thank them for all they have done.

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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2014, 8:23 pm 
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Seems rather unexpected with LoudCity making several upgrades to their online system the past year. Looks like they have taken down their facebook page and their forum. Also, there is now a note on the LoudCity.net home page. Seems like from a business perspective they could have sold the service or increased their rates if they were not profitable.

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I've been with LoudCity for nearly 9 years. This could be devastating to my radio station. I was grandfathered in years ago under an old plan, so anything new will be triple what I used to pay for licensing service.

So far the most viable option I've seen is StreamLicensing. Live365 was an option years ago when I first started, but they're more than just about anything.

Anyone else have any decent leads for licensing?

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They have fought long and hard for Internet stations and we thank them for all they have done.


+1

I've been with them since the end of 2009, and find this rather disappointing and a true blow. So yeah, would like to know to if they are any alternatives to streamlicensing.com?

LoudCity were very straight forward and simple to use, their service was easy to understand, and one knew exactly what to do with licensing. I use LoudCity for my international audience, and APRA for my Australian audience, this is going to throw a huge spanner in the works now. :( :(

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Always Country is in the same situation as DJ PlaZma. We also had a grandfathered plan and so far only streamlicensing.com is payable although +50% costs. I'm in touch with our host - will give an update in case I get more options on licensing services.

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Always Country is in the same situation as DJ PlaZma. We also had a grandfathered plan and so far only streamlicensing.com is payable although +50% costs. I'm in touch with our host - will give an update in case I get more options on licensing services.


I've done some searching, and it seems like StreamLicensing is, from what I've found so far, the most attainable option, but I'll keep looking. My LoudCity licensing was less than $20 a month. Keeping the same level of licensing will run close to $60 a month. Ouch. I know I was getting a break before, but that's a pretty sizable jump for something that's a hobby.

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According to our host, the only small broadcaster licensing company left would be streamlicensing.com

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There is no cause for alarm. In the US there are 2 companies that do blanket licensing, LoudCity & Stream Licensing.

So, if LoudCity is shutting down, just move to Stream Licensing. Prices are the same.

Here is a discount code to save $15:

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PostPosted: February 5th, 2014, 12:56 am 
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Thanks for the code. I have to correct you regarding the price. It's not the same and according to the calculator we have to pay $50 more than with LC.

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countrywesterndj wrote:
There is no cause for alarm. In the US there are 2 companies that do blanket licensing, LoudCity & Stream Licensing.

So, if LoudCity is shutting down, just move to Stream Licensing. Prices are the same.

Here is a discount code to save $15:


US-15



Yep, have to agree. I just placed my info into the calculator, and for me they seem to work out at $2 cheaper then Loudcaster. I guess everyones situation is different?

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PostPosted: February 6th, 2014, 9:14 am 
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Since I was grandfathered in under the old pricing structure on LoudCity switching to SL @ 60K ATH will cost me about $45 more per month.

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DJ Cassio wrote:
Since I was grandfathered in under the old pricing structure on LoudCity switching to SL @ 60K ATH will cost me about $45 more per month.


I, too, was grandfathered at LoudCity. My station has been knocking at 40K TLH for a few months now, and it's only a matter of time before it goes over. That means I'd have to look at the 60K plan. At LC I was less than $20/month. In order to accommodate the 40K at SL, it's going to jump to over $80.

Aside from R.I.P. (which, for some reason, kicks TuneIn listeners), is there another way to put listening limits to my stream to keep it under, say, 24 hours?

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