The end of Internet Radio?

By Pete | @kingpetey | 14 Jul 2002

ImAFish.com has been following the progress of Internet Radio over the last few months, and earlier this month the US government released how much it is going to charge people to broadcast online. The fee structure in place for US-based broadcasters basically forces all broadcasters, hobbyist or not, to either move to content that is not label-owned, or pay the labels (via a company called SoundExchange) approximately $7 per month for each average listener maintained within that month.

What's more, broadcasters will also pay an additional 8.8% of those fees for the rights to store that content on a hard drive, and will be required to pay all fees that would have been owed retroactively, that is, since 1998. Most internet based radio stations do not make any money at all and even if they tried to make small amounts of profit from banner clicks they could clearly not make enough money to survive with these outragous fees. Not only will broadcasters have to pay so much per month per listener but they will also have to pay for all broadcasting back to 1998.

For example, Live365 now faces fees of upwards of $1.5 million from previous webcasts, and will have to come up with the money to pay the "instant fine" from webcastings since 1998 now that the US Copyright Office has set the royalty structure. On top of that, the company will have to figure out how it can afford to pay $200,000 per month in order to break even with it's webcasting service. Noncommercial broadcasters are not exempt from the fees as many thought they would be initially.

A noncommercial broadcaster now is required to purchase a $500 license to simply legally broadcast music for free and face almost certain fee's from service providers such as Live365 for the use of their service (which now costs Live365 quite a bit to simply technically provide). I talked to Simon from www.stationmax.co.uk who is having to close down his internet radio station because of the royality fees. Even though his station isn't American some of his servers are based in America, so he would have to pay. I can see over the next few months 80% of internet radio stations closing down as they can simply not pay the royality fees, others will be either forced abroad or to have adverts in the stream making internet radio more like commercial analogue radio, which upto now has been the one good thing to distinguish the 2 types of radio.

For instance i could have a party and leave digitiallyimported radio on all night with no one realising it was even a radio station. While the fees have been finalised some still think things can be changed, whatever the outcome we can expect big changes to internet radio and possibly having to pay so much a month like many other internet services have gone to. Pete

The story of ImAFish #1

By Pete | @kingpetey | 06 Jul 2002

The story of ImAFish!

I have decided to let out my cool story for everyone else to read! Feel privilidged :D

It all started when i was born in shrewsbury hospital - little did i know that i had been born with a special power, that of being cool. However i did not learn this over night, it took years of dedicated chilling out to master my coolness. One of the first signs of my coolness was pointed out by a friend when i was telling him about not having a belly button. He suggested that it could be because of a special mystical power - in my case coolness.

My childhood was a reasonably quiet time in that of my skills of coolness, but they were essential to building up my cool techniques for later life. I was teased for not having a belly button and many people laughed when i told them i was stuck in a conicle flask before birth :(

Throughout secondary education my cool powers did not come to life, this is for many reasons but mainly as they were clouded by un-cool people who were scared of my mystical force. In my later years of secondary school my fasination with computers increased and i found an interesting technology -- the internet. Here you could find new friends who no nothing about you, and in most cases dont care but have 1 thing in common, have a passion for somthing computer related, whether it was webdeign, linux or just entertainment. This led to the start of experimentation with webdesign, a lot of the early sites were very bad i will admit, however by the time ImAFish 1 was started our skills had nicely developed and we were ready to produce a good chillout site.

Anyway here my coolness skills developed, this slowly led into college where my cool hay day began and also ImAFish started to become increasingly popular..

to be continued!!!

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Behind the scenes - Devilware.

By Pete | @kingpetey | 27 Jun 2002

If you didn't allready know devilware.net is an extensive entertainment site which covers mainly the latest movies and music. We interviewed the sites founder and chief webdesigner Sam Hastings about his views on the site and his plans for the future.

1.What made you decide to go for a Entertainment site?

A mixture of things, really - entertainment is an interest of mine, I like to be able to keep up with the latest news in the entertainment industry, and I thought an entertainment site would satisfy me, and my visitors. It gives me the chance to be 'in the know' about current affairs, and I thought an entertainment site would attract the widest audience.

2.Are you ever going to send out a newsletter?

The first newsletter has been planned, and should be sent out within a month or so. The reason that I haven't sent one out yet is that the site has been growing over the first few months, and I just thought it might be best to leave the newsletter for a while, until the site had enough content and features to make a 'big deal' about.

3.How are plans for the game coming?

Very well, thanks. The closing date for signups is on the 1st July - so you only have a couple of days left to sign up! You can do now at http://www.devilware.net/game/signup.php

4.Will this be starting soon?

Should start mid-July - the set date is the 15th but this may have to change if I need more time to get the system working.

5.Do you think the movie review section is secure enough as u dont have to be a member to post?

This, I thought, would represent my trust for my visitors. Also, I was sick of coming across sites where you have to sign up before you can do anything, so I thought I could start my own little cult!

6.Are there any plans for extending this section in the near future?

Maybe - I have been thinking about this; however, I don't want my users to have to remember hundreds of usernames and passwords each time they visit the site. People that are signed up for the forums won't really want to register again. I may decide to extend this in the future, so the users can use their forum username and password.

7.What is new on the music section?

A couple of things have been added recently - including a short article about internet radio and where it's going. Internet radio is something I use quite regularly, so I thought I would show my support

8.Will there be any updates for this section soon?

Yes (see below)

9.Will more other band profiles be added?

Yes! I was thinking of making a system where people submit the name of their favourite band and I would find out the information on that band and put it in an article - I like to cater for a mixture of tastes and I think this is what will be happening within the next couple of weeks.

10.When will the free sms sender becoming to devilware?

I'm hoping to go ahead with this section, I nearly have it fully working, and it should be on your screen soon!

11.and the same for the ring tones?

The provider that I used to let me do this has sadly stopped providing free services, so I will be ditching this when the new redesign comes along (within the next couple of weeks), it's not a major redesign, just the header document, with improved navigation.

12.Is there ever anyone in your irc chan?

Sadly not. This is another section I may ditch, or I may use someone else's IRC channel, with their permission of course!

13.What is the relationship between devilware and other sites such as deadbrain?

Not much of one - although I like to mention sites made by friends of mine, there is no real link between our sites.

14.When will there be a new competition up?

DevilwareGame is basically a competition, so I may implement information on that into the current competition page.

15.If the competition winner isn't announced till the 30june why can you not enter?

The closing date was the 25th June, so I stopped people from entering. That gives me enough time to pick a winner - yes, I know, 5 days is a lot, but I was giving myself extra time in case there was some kind of error

16.Why doesn't the link to delatio.co.uk not work?

This was something I had planned a while ago, but sadly, it fell through and we never got anywhere. I will take the link down though :)

17.How many hits do you get a week?

Depends - usually between 150-250 (unique) hits a week.

18.Has this increased much recently?

Not really, this is something I would like to increase actually.

19.How do you intend to get more hits?

Doing things like DevilwareGame gets us more visitors, so promotional events like that are good for our popularity. I am hoping to get more visitors to the site in the near future.

20.What are your future plans for devilware?

I am hoping that it becomes more popular, and that more and more people visit it. When there is a high enough demand, I will add a lot more features to the site, but for now, I think the running of the site is going well. I am getting a lot of help from others in the site, and I hope they will continue to help us.

Thank you very much Sam we wish devilware all the best in the future.

Key Links: Devilware.net
Devilworld

Creators Hour

By Pete | @kingpetey | 27 Jun 2002

The creators hour is where we answer any questions that are sent in. It is done in irc (#sulla on irc.planetarion.com) If you have a question send it too questions@imafish.com .

[23:03] [benjie] right
[23:03] [benjie] lets go
[23:03] [pwhite] :)
[23:03] [benjie] What are the new features to the site?
[23:03] [pwhite] well to start with the articles section
[23:03] [pwhite] and the columns
[23:03] [pwhite] are the main updates and features
[23:03] [pwhite] other updates include the news system
[23:03] [pwhite] which now uses a database to store things in
[23:03] [pwhite] nqp
[23:03] [benjie] How do i submit an article to the site?
[23:04] [pwhite] email it to articles@imafish.com and if it is good enough we will put it on the site
[23:04] [pwhite] we wont accpet anything dodgy as ususal
[23:04] [pwhite] :)
[23:04] [pwhite] nqp
[23:04] [benjie] How do i get my own column? <--- u dont unless u partake in sexual favours
[23:04] [pwhite] nqp = next question pls
[23:04] [pwhite] lol
[23:05] [pwhite] well if u email columns@imafish.com saying why u want one i might give u one
[23:05] [pwhite] heh
[23:05] [pwhite] nqp
[23:07] *** Benjie has quit IRC (Ping timeout?)
[23:07] [pwhite] heh typical
[23:08] [pwhite] thought his adsl wasn't meant to do that too him ;)
[23:09] *** Benjie has joined #SULLA
[23:09] [pwhite] wb mate
[23:09] [pwhite] :)
[23:09] *** P sets mode: +o Benjie
[23:10] [benjie] the duron just died
[23:10] [benjie] so i had to stick me modem in this one
[23:10] [benjie] :)
[23:10] [pwhite] nqp :)
[23:10] [pwhite] lol
[23:10] [pwhite] oh well
[23:11] [benjie] What does it take to become a columner?
[23:11] [benjie] was that the right one? :)
[23:11] [pwhite] yer -
[23:11] [pwhite] well u need to have interesting things to say
[23:11] [pwhite] and be able to write them down
[23:11] [benjie] carry on
[23:11] [pwhite] thats bout it
[23:11] [pwhite] heh
[23:11] [pwhite] nqp
[23:11] [benjie] How often should the columns be updated?
[23:11] [benjie]
[23:12] [pwhite] its nice to see a post every week or so
[23:12] [pwhite] though it is not enforced
[23:12] [pwhite] some people only update their columns when certain things happen
[23:12] [pwhite] nqp
[23:12] [benjie] How does the columns section work?
[23:13] [pwhite] each post is stored in the database then a query displays the results back depending on the name queried
[23:13] [pwhite] if that makes sence :)
[23:13] [pwhite] nqp
[23:13] [benjie] How many crew members are there now?
[23:13] [pwhite] hm
[23:13] [pwhite] myself
[23:13] [pwhite] benjie
[23:13] [pwhite] shannon
[23:13] [pwhite] shenton
[23:13] [pwhite] geoff
[23:13] [pwhite] mills
[23:13] *** [TRG]RRaccoon has quit IRC (Jeg eier, du suger. Uheldig. KNEGG! Jeg er ikke norsk... Dessine-moi un mouton. V?gre nem butulok tov?bb.?)
[23:14] [pwhite] sam a bit
[23:14] [pwhite] think thats bout it
[23:14] [pwhite] nqp
[23:14] [benjie] How do i get an ImAFish email account?
[23:15] [pwhite] send an email to email@imafish.com saying wot address you would like and we will get back to you
[23:15] [pwhite] otherwise talk to myself or benjie about it
[23:15] [pwhite] nqp
[23:15] [benjie] Why can't you send emails from the imafish webmail?
[23:15] [pwhite] because supanames need to fix their webmail script
[23:16] [pwhite] i dont think the php version on the server is upto date enough for this script
[23:16] [benjie] 0.o
[23:16] [pwhite] nothin imafish can do until they upgrade
[23:16] [pwhite] which should be soon
[23:16] [pwhite] nqp
[23:17] [benjie] How do you set ImAFish mail up in outlook express or other mail clients?
[23:17] [pwhite] click > tools > accounts > mail > add new
[23:17] [pwhite] then use pop.imafish.com as the pop server
[23:17] [pwhite] and your isps smtp server for smtp
[23:18] [pwhite] you should be able to find your isps smtp server from there home page
[23:18] [pwhite] nqp
[23:18] [benjie] What is the forum?
[23:18] [pwhite] oo btw check out http://imafish.com/email.php for more info
[23:18] [pwhite] it is a message board
[23:18] [pwhite] where people can sign up and post information and reply to it
[23:19] [pwhite] the imafish forums are located http://imafish.com/forum
[23:19] [pwhite] nqp
[23:19] [benjie] How does the auction work?
[23:19] [pwhite] hmm
[23:19] [pwhite] u sign up then can either buy or sell things
[23:19] [pwhite] http://imafish.com/auction
[23:19] [pwhite] ofc its more advanced then that
[23:19] [pwhite] but i could spend an entire ch talking about it
[23:19] [pwhite] heh
[23:19] [pwhite] nqp
[23:20] [benjie] what are you doing to get more people to visit the site?
[23:20] [pwhite] well we try to advertise the site as much as possible
[23:20] [pwhite] and give them more reasons to come back
[23:20] [pwhite] by making the site better
[23:20] [pwhite] we hope to advertise it a lot more when the election campaingn for 6form comes up
[23:20] [pwhite] nqp
[23:21] [benjie] How many hits are you getting a week?
[23:21] [pwhite] about 2000
[23:21] [pwhite] its slowly going up
[23:21] [pwhite] was about 1000 a month ago
[23:22] [pwhite] nqp
[23:22] [benjie] What has happened to shenton?
[23:22] [pwhite] he lost his net connection
[23:23] [pwhite] and is making a great effort to get back on
[23:23] [pwhite] ;)
[23:23] [pwhite] nqp
[23:23] [benjie] Why does nothing work on the comedy section?
[23:23] [pwhite] shenton says its sabotarge
[23:23] [pwhite] i'm not sure personally
[23:23] [pwhite] all the movies should be back soon
[23:23] [pwhite] once shenton finds them
[23:23] [pwhite] :)
[23:23] [pwhite] nqp
[23:23] [benjie] Why does nothing work on the comedy section?
[23:24] [benjie] whoops
[23:24] [benjie] f00king puter
[23:24] [benjie] What are the plans for the future of the site?
[23:24] [pwhite] add lots of articles
[23:24] [pwhite] and a lot more work on the content of the site
[23:24] [pwhite] more comedy
[23:24] [pwhite] etc
[23:24] [pwhite] nqp
[23:24] [benjie] What is happening with imafish bb as nothing seems to be happening?
[23:25] [pwhite] its going a bit slow
[23:25] [pwhite] i know
[23:25] [pwhite] but we are working on somthing
[23:25] [pwhite] :)
[23:25] [pwhite] nqp
[23:26] [benjie] Whats the sites irc room?
[23:26] [pwhite] #sulla on irc.planetarion.com
[23:26] [pwhite] nqp
[23:26] [benjie] erm
[23:26] [benjie] do u like goats?
[23:27] [pwhite] no but i heard benjie has a fetish for them
[23:27] [pwhite] lol
[23:27] [pwhite] we done then?
[23:27] [benjie] do u like being kicked in the nuts?
[23:27] [pwhite] heh
[23:27] [benjie] yus we are done
[23:27] [pwhite] rite i will stick the log up as an article
[23:27] [benjie] please do :)
[23:27] [benjie] lol
[23:28] [pwhite] lol
[23:28] [pwhite] cya benjie

Site Changes

By Pete | @kingpetey | 25 Jun 2002

So what are the main changed seen in the updated site? Well quite a few, the first thing you will notice is the front page as i have decided to scrap the into image page as it really wasn't needed. As soon as the front page as loaded you will notice changes to the left and side, the new articles section has been added which shows you the most recent 3 articles.

There is a handy link below for the older articles. Below this you can see the 3 most recent column posts and another handy link to the columns section. Further down the page still is the site news section which i have taken the bulky blue away from and now store things in a sql database instead of a text file. Other changes include updates to the navigation at the top of the page, updates to the admin section and updates to the way we store the columns.

Instead of each columner having their own table in the database all the columns are now stored in 1 table in the database. This make it possible to show the 3 most recent posts on the front page. We have also decided to scrap the site intro as no one has voluntered to keep it updated as rob as become a bit too inactive. If anyone wants to take this position then email me.

So why make these changes? Well as ImAFish is constantly changing and new features are being added, we felt that these changes would be useful and relatively easy to do. The changes shouldn't cause any problems to any of the other features on the site including the forum, email and the auction. If anyone would like to submit articles to the site we would be more then welcome to put them up for you. Pwhite

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