Hebben jullie er ook last van ondervonden? Onze geliefkoosde Sonos radiostations [DI] deden het niet meer -en dit is wat de eigenaar van Digitally Imported er over te vertellen had. :
Dear Digitally Imported Listener,
When I founded Digitally Imported in 1999, it was with the goal to bring the best electronic music to other fans all around the world. That is still at the core of everything that we do here.
Our commitment to the music has also meant that we are paying royalties on the music that is streamed through Digitally Imported.
In the final weeks of 2015, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) in the United States imposed new royalty rates for the years spanning 2016-2020. In the process, this move also eliminated the special royalty rates which existed for small webcasters such as Digitally Imported.
Effective January, 2016, our royalty costs will therefore increase dramatically, as they will for all the other independent webcasters in the US. I am sad to say that many will likely not stay in business as advertising revenue will not be enough to pay for their costs.
In order to maintain profitability and continue to keep this great music available, Digitally Imported is also making some hard decisions to limit our free streaming service, including shutting down all third-party access to our free streams through services like TuneIn, iTunes, and other radio directories. In addition, only Premium members will be allowed to access our steams on hardware players like Sonos and Squeezebox.
This is where we turn to you, our loyal listeners. I am personally inviting you to upgrade to a Premium plan to support our service. Premium gives you commercial-free access to all of our music with higher audio quality, and the small amount it costs each month allows us to pay royalties while continuing to grow as a company.
As always, we greatly appreciate your dedication and support. In 2015 we brought you all new mobile apps, a redesigned website, new search tools and on-demand streaming in the United States. With your continued support, even better things are in store for the coming year!
Ari Shohat, Founder – Digitally Imported
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