Having had a closer look at audiorealm I feel it is perhaps the better of the "3" that is Audiorealm-Live365-Shoutcast.
Well having tried a different server for the first time last week ,let me say I never even finished the "free trial period"even with 100 listeners@56k for $47 a month& with 1Gig disc space-REASON too many restrictions for one..ok ok you will say they work along tos regs,but if I put together a show I expect it to be played as per my playlist not having files skipped because they do not comply with TOS.Not for breaking any laws....but
....has anyone ever tried to play two or three tunes in sucession that are NOT on some album? Trying to comply with TOS is like trying to shovel water uphill with a fork(water is not in the original irish word:).
I seemed to come across the same trouble from a server now defunked,who allowed you to upload a gig of a mix and then you could go back and tune in along with all others who uploaded mixes,only to find that after hours of hard work putting it together say 15 tunes to find that only 3 would be in the mix..WHY because they were not Tos compliant somewhere in the depths of the album abyss some album contained 12 or more of the tunes?? of course I should know that should'nt I; that it seems is the way certain servers seem to operates,so fill up the gig space and maybe you will have 100MB played,I stand to be corrected.
Then there is the question of your website You cannot have any advertising on the site that launches the player.That again is in contravention of TOS. You can of course put together a good playlist with a lot of available material on Amazon or other companies and see the buy button ,but you do not receive any credits,I do not mind that if your player and server space are free like here,but not if I am paying for a service,I do expect servers however to charge realistic fees to cover all costs and leave the broadcasters to get on with it,I hate unexpected potholes.
I believe servers should offer better packages instead of watching who is charging a $ more than them. Packages could be like incentives ie to broadcast a different genre like in my case i have trance but also broadcast irish or other less known genres with the package running for 12 months or so with exclusive broadcasting on the parent server only.
Offer listeners some sort of deal instead of them being met with the "begging bowl every time they visit a site"Donations which I disagree with...should if accepted be for the benifit of all broadcasters who are signed up within the parent server and only made through the server. Makes me a little worried when I see very large listener stations still wanting handouts.
Thats it ...for now