Live365 D-Day. Streams down, website broken.
In just one day, longstanding internet radio service Live365 is set to shutter its presence online for good. The veteran streaming platform will go off the air (and off the web) after January 31st, 2016—this Sunday.
The Live365 website is now in disarray with links broken, stylesheets lost and reports of streams being shut down just hours before the shutdown.
Live365 launched in the summer of 1999 and was immediately a success. Nothing quite like it had ever been tried online on such a scale, and people around the world reacted positively. The company allowed the average, everyday music fan to become a DJ, turning everyone into a potential influencer.
In the decade and a half since, a lot has changed in the digital radio sphere, but the idea behind Live365 has remained incredibly important. People want a place where they can not only look to others for suggestions and guidance on what they should listen to, but where they can lead. Live365 allowed for anybody to showcase their tastes and their musical discoveries, which is a trend that continues to this day.
The service’s legacy is evident more now than ever. Live365 can be thought of as one of the first true streaming services, which have now all but taken over the music industry. While Live365’s popularity might not have remained steady, the idea of internet radio certainly didn’t disappear, and now platforms like Pandora and iHeartRadio boast user bases that are approaching the 100 million mark.
May Live365 and it's legacy live on. To all of the staff and broadcasters behind Live365, we thank you for your hard work and dedication.