With more than 30,000 stations, Live365.com is the place to listen to every aspiring DJ on the planet. This site is a Web-only hub for streaming MP3 stations, with playlists and content designed by users. Want to start your own station? Live365 will give you 365MB of storage space and the tools to do it. You can browse by genre, search by artist or keyword, and add stations to your presets.
The good news is that Live365's interface is a breeze to navigate. But sound quality is fair at broadband speeds and poor at dial-up, which is compounded by frequent song cutouts, skips, and premature ends. Even worse, an announcer occasionally cuts into a song to breathe "Live365" in your ears. Live365 is fun for hobbyists—but that's about it.
On the broadcasting end there are a fair amount of features. Its fantastic to know that the songs you play and the station you run is covered by royalties. Thats if you play by the rules though, and what i mean by rules is a a long list of guidelines you have to follow. Keep in mind these are because of the royalties and not Live365's fault directly.
With Live365, you don't have a choice of what streaming technology you can use. You download the free software called Studio365 (which is a bit dated nowadays but still gets the job done!). You can only broadcast at 128kbps (suppose thats good in a way because its a suitable rate for both computers and mobile devices). You can only play your stream via the Live365 website (again, royalties!) and you get free 24/7 tech support just in case something goes haywire.
All up, this is a pretty fair deal for a new hobby broadcaster. You will br be able to broadcast affordably, with thousands of listeners at hand and on a trusted system. If you are a hobby broadcaster looking for an affordable and simple way to broadcast, this is for you. Packs start at $9.95 per month ($3.95 for the first year) and include 250MB storage.
If you are more professional and aim to broadcast to a larger audience, we recommend finding somewhere more suitable. Live365's PRO Broadcasting option starts at $166 without the $199 setup fee (and at the time of review, they are giving you a free Roku media player). It is just a bit too much to pay for 200MB's storage space and some fancier features.