Let Me Clarify This!
I’ve had a buch of people email me asking what the hell is going on and why they can’t listen free anymore. I believe we have confused some folks and a clarification is owed to our listeners.
Yes, our station has gone HD. Yes, we are reducing the quality of our Shoutcast and iTunes Streams. Yes, you can still listen FREE. No, you don’t have to subscribe to listen. Here are the listening choices that will be fully in place by July 1st:
Listen Free with iTunes or Whatever Player – Our stream will still be availble for free to iTunes and Shoutcast listeners, only it will be lower quality than you are used to. If you want to listen through your player at the lower quality, we want you have a great time. If you want to complain about it, we have other choices you can elect to use.
Listen in HD FREE – You can listen to the station in HD by using the flash based player located on our index page (http://acousticalternative.com). By using the player you are helping us pay our bills, which are extremely high at this point. RadioLoyalty pays us for people using the player. You even have the opportunity to earn points that you can reseem for gifts and money! It’s a WIN-WIN situation for all of us.
Listen in HD Free with Our Toolbar – We have a radio player in our toolbar that will allow you to listen to our stream in high quality. Get more information on our toolbar here: http://acousticalternative.ourtoolbar.com, we have approximately 2,000 users on it already with no complaints. There is a now playing, song history and song request widget on it as well.
Listen in HD Commercial Free – We now have a station called Acoustic Alternative HD that is private and commercial free. This is a paid service but costs as little as $2.00 a month. It has an expanded playlist, song requests and completely commercial free. Get more information here: http://acousticalternative.com/hd, we have several new subscribers to this service and all seem to be very happy.
COMING SOON! Thanks to Chris McIntosh we will have a FB App in the near future you can use to listen in HD FREE! I think you will like the concept. We would like to thank Chris for being a loyal listener and assisting with the station.
As most of you know, it is our policy to post the minutes for company meetings that involve changes that affect our listeners. Here are the discussions and decisions from the latest board meeting:
Licensing and Station Revenue
Licensing and streaming fees have increased creating a financial burden on the owners of the station. In a meeting on Saturday, April 30, 2011, it was decided that on May 1st the station will begin streaming paid advertisements at various times each hour to cover operating expenses.
The lack of donations from listeners has forced us to become a commercial station for the first time in 5 years. Monitoring of the stream on Sunday showed no decrease in listenership during the ads and we are confident our loyal listeners will support our decision. The advertising agency handling our account has assure us the revenue generated will cover our climbing expenses. We thank you for your understanding and continued support of the station.
During the meeting we voted to only reduce our stream quality on Shoutcast and iTunes to 48kbps instead of the intended 32kbps. 48 is on the lower spectrum of FM quality. The change is still scheduled to be completed by July 1, 2011 but we decided to make the decrease gradual to accomodate our loyal iTunes followers.
We are going to increase the frequency and be more aggressive in our searches for new music to add to the playlist on the station. We already have the rarest collection of music in the world but in the near future it will get even better!
This station was developed to promoted new music and support up and coming artists so we have dedicated ourselves to finding more of the great musicians and featuring them for you to hear.
The Raw Side will now only feature a independent musician each month, though we will continue to play the more popular musicians as well.
We listened to a great new Blues show that we fell in love with and will be scheduling it into the programming this week. The name of the show is: Confessing The Blues with Host Cleve Baker. We think you will really enjoy it. We will post more on the show in the next day or so.
Finally!!! We got things fixed and the Song Request Feature is active once again. We apologize for the delay and hope you enjoy the new functionality.
I got my new Blackberry Storm and have been testing Apps to listen to Acoustic Alternative while cruising around town. I found most of the Apps out there are CRAP!
I finally found one that works GREAT! Go to the Blackberry App World, search for TuneIn Radio, download and install the FREE version. Do a search for Acoustic Alternative and add us to your favorites.
I’ve been using it all over town without a glitch. Please don’t ask me for any support with the App though, I’m still a beginner myself. LOL
KJ and I are working on the station software this weekend and we have had to disable the song requests in order to complete the code changes.
Our sincerest apologies, but we are trying to make the station better and our control software needs a long overdue upgrade.
We will let you know when it is back up and running again, in the mean time, enjoy the great tunes we have selected for you.