RIP, Live365

Streamer says goodbye in the face of CRB ruling, too many listeners
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Online radio streaming service Live365 is officially off the air and the Web today.

In December, we reported that the site was scaling back its services and laying off staff due to financial problems. Their issues were compounded by the recent Copyright Royalty Board rate decision.

This was not the first time that Live365 had battled the CRB. In 2009, the streamer filed a lawsuit in federal court calling into whether CRB judges were appointed in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers.

Now a farewell message on its website reads: “Seventeen sweet years ago, it was something of a revolution to let anyone launch their own station. Anyone with something to say or play. Live365 provided the tools. Their talent brought the audience. We were one of the first. Happy we are not the last. The spirit of 300+ employees over the years, our hundred thousand webcasters, and their hundred million dedicated listeners lives on. THANK YOU for being here.”