We are proud to announce the release of our Global Music Library (GML) for BoomBox 2.2. With it producers can choose from over 100,000 registered titles to add to their playlists. No more uploading, organizing or tagging tracks. Just search for the tracks you like or add all from a particular genre build your station in minutes instead of days.
We draw new titles from multiple worldwide sources, process ’em, tag ’em and put them up for use by SoniXCast Radio Station producers on a daily basis. Besides the usual sources (record company mustering), we also tap into the indie and creative commons libraries. Even language specific titles like from Germany, France and Asia!
Integrated directly into BoomBox (Our own homegrown Radio Automation and Control Panel), SoniXCast Radio Station Producers can quickly and easily search and assign tracks to playlists eliminating the need to tag, encode and then upload hundreds of tracks. Playlists are setup in minutes taking the drudgery out of building your Radio Station.
We’ve indexed over 30 possible search parameters for each title so that finding a title is as simple as entering a search term, hitting enter and choosing from the provided results. You can even limit your search by music genre. And it’s fast! We built specialized system designed specifically for managing large amounts of search queries. You’ll never wait long to find what you’re looking for.
Every track we receive from our worldwide partners is encoded for maximum performance and listening pleasure. Metatags are provided by iTunes and Echonest/Shazam! with no hidden messages or comments. So that your Station statistics are always clean and accurate compatible with all 3rd party players and statistics tools.
You can even preview a title or view track information before adding it to your playlist. View anything you need to know about a title from the Artist biography to broadcasting Bitrate, even the price to buy nearly instantaneously thanks to Apple’s iTunes powerful search API!
SoniXCast is the fastest growing Radio Station Provider in the industry. Have a song that you want to popularize or do you want to syndicate your Daily or Weekly broadcast? Simply contact our support department and we’ll not only get you setup in our rotation, but we’ll announce your content to over 1400 SoniXCast Radio Stations. More marketing and popularization features, so get on board early to take advantage of them while they’re still free.
The BoomBox File Manager module beta 2.1 has been released for all using the BoomBox (not ShoutBox) platform. This is the first step in enabling more features like the Global Music Library and “Clocks” like Playlist Management. Although a couple of days late, all will find it was well worth the wait.
Besides the usual file management features, the BoomBox File Manager module includes a faster reload (read files from FTP upload) functions and the ability to select multiple files to add to playlists. Here’s some of the highlights…
Part of the reason it took longer than expected to get the File Manager rolled out to all users was because previously music files were tightly coupled to a playlist. Delete a playlist and you would delete all associated files. We rewrote the back-end to make playlists “virtual” and the files assigned to them could be located anywhere on the file system. That’s really important for adding files from the Global Music Library. Now users can move files around their local file system as easily as on any computer system.
Sometimes uploads break or certain files can’t be read or licensed and it’s better just to delete them.
Many users like to use their favorite FTP client to upload files and until we release the new file upload manager, that’s the only way right now to upload music files to BoomBox. Previously known as “Repair”, the “Reload” function reads in files uploaded via FTP, but it also re-indexes files and checks if they are “licensable” for playback. We streamlined the back end so that the reloading happens much quicker, but if you have a large music library, it can still take a few minutes to complete.
This is by far the most requested feature for BoomBox. The ability to select individual or multiple files and assigned them to a playlist. In future releases we make it so that users can assign entire folders, but right now users will have to page through the results and select the songs they want to add.
I know some of you are not seeing the features you requested, but this is an important first step in getting those features and needed functions done. Modules like the Global Music Library, File Upload Manager and the enhanced Playlist Manager will all build upon the File Manager module and you’ll see much faster release times on requested features.
Here at SoniXCast we try to take the headache out of broadcasting. Many who come on board have questions and concerns that we will try to answer here. However, if you need further clarification or have a special request, we beg you to contact our friendly support department and they will gladly help you any way they can.
On paper, SoniXCast LLC is the legal owner of all internet radio stations hosted within our network in Canada which falls under the jurisdiction of the collection society SOCAN. We submit all the reports to SOCAN and make sure that they stay warm and fuzzy. This saves you the headache of dealing with the ever changing legal climate and ensures your station is properly registered and licensed at all times. In other words: You worry about broadcasting and we help keep you legal.
Our umbrella license with SOCAN, like any other license, is limited to the music streamed from our network only. It doesn’t protect you if you use a third party streaming service or share songs with others. Each country has its own laws when it comes to file sharing and they apply to wherever you currently prop your feet. The same applies to what you say during your broadcast. Local liability laws apply, meaning you could find yourself in front of an angry mob if you go off on a rant or play music that is not allowed or is offensive.
Remember that your radio station is hosted in Canada and is legally Canadian. You should state this in any public venue (on your website, in blogs, on social media, at concerts) otherwise your local royalty collection society might feel neglected and cause a legal mess for you. We don’t require that you say your radio is Canadian, but it would be a safe bet if anyone asks. Besides: Canada is a cool multi-lingual country where you can broadcast in any language you like (Wookies are Welcome!)
If you can find it on iTunes, then you can play it! We, through our partnerships, have affiliate agreements with almost every collection society worldwide which covers the royalty collection of just about every song ever recorded. Creative Commons/Open Source licensing is also supported and we have a waiver system in place for unregistered titles. We also have automatic Creative Commons licensing in place for all speech content which goes into effect each time you re-broadcast. This is useful for syndication of your show, but additional licensing may be required for any music you include. We can help you with that too.
Yup! Since SoniXCast owns the radio station and it is located in Canada, it falls under the jurisdiction of the collection agency SOCAN which has affiliate agreements with collection agencies in every country. There are no Canadian laws to restrict in which country our broadcast can be heard and we know of no country currently blocking our broadcasts, so SoniXCast can be heard everywhere! SOCAN is pretty good with their record keeping and they put out regular annual reports. Want to see if the collection society in your country is a partner? Check it out here: http://www.socanannualreport.ca/overview/
Yup! Pretty much. The only recommendations are that you make it understood that your radio is hosted in Canada. It wouldn’t hurt to put the SOCAN logo on your website, just to let everyone know you are properly licensed and it would make us super happy if you would put our logo on your site :-). You might also want to check into our affiliate program.
Nope. Some countries have music blacklists (Germany for example). Titles that are not allowed over the local airwaves. That doesn’t apply to us. We generally don’t care what you play as long as you understand that if you anger the local citizens, they might come after you with pitchforks. There are no song repetition restrictions either. If you want to setup a stream repeating the word “Duh” all day long, you can do that. Perfect for Musicians who want to showcase their music non-stop.
Yup! Knock yourself out. We are only concerned with the music you play. But keep in mind that some local collection societies may require you pay additional fees or that you register if you make radio your business. And you have to pay your local taxes on any income that you make. Best is to contact our legal department before you go hog wild.
AnyCastIP is our patented network which sits on top of the Internet and ensures that your broadcast is heard with the same audio/video quality regardless of where the listener is located on this earth (or in space). Developed together with Sony in 2006, AnyCastIP uses variable bitrate (vbr), compression and existing media routing technologies to convert media streams for optimized delivery to cell phones, computers, set-top boxes, gaming consoles…essentially anything that connects to the internet and can playback media streams. In 2011 Samsung, Microsoft, General Motors (Bose), Roku and Rock-Ola began using white label implementations of AnyCastIP, so if you listen to the radio in your car, on your Xbox or Playstation, chances are you’re listening through AnyCastIP.
No. AnyCastIP compresses and distributes the output of your stream server to 24 globally located network nodes simultaneously at variable bitrates (vbr). Listeners connect to the nearest node and receive audio data optimized for their connection. Variable, read ahead buffering ensures that the stream starts with little or no delay and media optimized routing ensures quick ping backs to your stream queue. Way to technical? Essentially AnyCastIP ensures your stream sounds the same regardless of where you are on the world and regardless of connection speed. So, no Dial-up stream needed.
SoniXFM is a radio directory service developed by request from partners Microsoft, Sony and Samsung. It sports a modern browser interface and has many built-in features for radio broadcasters including seamless social networking integration, integration with 3rd party aggregators like iTunes, Tunein or Dirble, Radio Station profile webpages much like facebook with vanity domain support. And the list goes on… Currently in alpha, a working proof of concept was released in 2014 and we hope to have a beta version completed by August 2016.
These are our homegrown stream server control panels. ShoutBox, obviously, for managing ShoutCast servers only, BoomBox replaces ShoutBox with additional support for IceCast, Flash Media Servers like Wowza and Windows Media Servers. Both support stream Server and Transcoder (Auto-DJ) management, User (DJ) management and scheduling, full featured music library management, playlist management and scheduling and, of course, AnyCastIP. BoomBox is currently in beta and you can follow development at: http://boombox.sonixcast.com/
Well I wouldn’t say we’re better, just better informed. We, like every other Hoster, are limited by the Software (ShoutCast, IceCast WMS, Wowza), Hardware and Network we use. We’ve been in business since 2006 and have watched the legal climate change quite a bit, so we made it our job to understand the legalities of broadcasting.
We are a family business. Not some vulture capital funded corporation geared towards over marketing a mediocre product. Which has its advantages and disadvantages. What we have most is experience. We’ve seen pink elephants dance and pigs grow wings and fly. There is hardly a technical or legal problem we haven’t banged our heads on the table about. More importantly, we understand that each customer is individual and each radio different. We encourage feedback and that you talk to us. It will help keep you from shooting yourself in head in the ever changing legal climate of broadcasting.
Click here to read the full list of affiliate partnership agreements we have with other nations and collection societies: SOCAN Affiliattion Agreements List