Saw a post on the Winamp forums about Radionomy delisting Shoutcast v1.x.x servers from the shoutcast listings website.
A news article popped up on Torrent Freak about a group of prominent U.S. record labels who have filed a lawsuit against the DIY online radio platform Radionomy for:
“Promoting and facilitating mass copyright infringement by hosting ‘pirate’ radio stations”
It would appear Winamp and Shoutcast are now partly owned by a company called Vivendi.
Winamp is back… in the hands of a major corporation: Vivendi has acquired a 64.4 percent stake in Radionomy, the European online radio services company that owns Winamp and Shoutcast as well as the online radio ad marketplace Targetspot.
Vivendi owns the likes of Universal Music Group, Canal+ and Dailymotion.
You can read more about this story at the following links.
Read the full article
I’ve been watching the Winamp/Shoutcast forums closely ever since.
As we all know Radionomy saved Winamp & Shoutcast in January 2014 and the only progress so far is a few new releases of Shoutcast v2
When it comes to Winamp there’s been nothing just a release of 5.66 that needs patching to work properly.
The development team at Radionomy/Shoutcast are keeping tight lipped as to when there they may be a new release.
Although from reading the forum posts we understand it’s likely be sometime in 2016 before a new version of Winamp is due.
Why is it taking so long for a new version?
We wish we had a crystal ball to be able to tell you.
Apparently there’s still a lot of AOL code to be taken out of Winamp so that’s possibly what is causing the delays.
I just hope when they do release a new version that it’s not a huge disappointment for the core base of users.
They won’t be happy if they piss around with it too much.
All we do seem to know is that Radionomy will release a new version when they’re ready to.
I guess it’s a case of watch this space.
Remember patience is a virtue.
Hopefully if all goes to plan there should be a new version sometime in 2016.
Which means an advert will play over your stream 2 times per hour.
This is if you are signed up totheir SHOUTcast Streaming Service.
I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not?
I just wonder how many listeners this is going to put off listening to a stream though Shoutcast?
I doubt this will do much for a lot of users other than annoy the people wanting to listen to music.
I feel that if people wanted adverts on a radio station then they would be listening to a station on the FM Dial or DAB not online!
One huge question remains:
Now Radionomy are sticking adverts into peoples streams does that mean Radionomy are paying for the royalties for that stations stream as well?
If the answer to that is yes then it would be a good idea.
If not then it’s a NO from me.
I personally think not. Most of the packages I see advertised by the representatives of these companies are very poor value for money. You can rent your own VPS with far more storage space for a fraction of the price they charge.
I know I like to be in full control when I’m streaming my music on a radio station. I want the program at my fingertips, Not away from my PC on a virtual cloud server.
It’s just what the world of Radio does NOT need. Another load of automated stations streaming from a cloud server with no on air talent. You have enough of them already listed on Shoutcast/Icecast.
After I logged onto the Winamp forums all became apparent when I saw this announcement from DrO.
Registrar: MELBOURNE IT, LTD. D/B/A INTERNET NAMES WORLDWIDE
Whois Server: whois.melbourneit.com
Referral URL: http://www.melbourneit.com
Name Server: NS5.RADIONOMY.COM
Name Server: NS6.RADIONOMY.COM
Name Server: NS7.RADIONOMY.COM
I guess the next few weeks/months will be an interesting time for Internet Radio…