This article covers where to get music files and content to upload to your Live365 library.
Live365 does not supply any media except for the advertising. You can use any audio material that you own, either physically or digitally. You must have purchased a copy of the audio material that you intend to use. You cannot use bootleg copies, as per the DMCA agreements. There must be only one song per track so that the metadata can be accurately recorded.
The files must be in an MP3 or M4A format. For example, you can create .MP3s from CDs or records that you own by using programs such as iTunes or File Explorer to make digital copies of your CDs. You can also use MP3s that you’ve purchased off digital marketplaces such as Bandcamp, SoundCloud, Amazon and so on. You can read more file formats and how to convert audio files to MP3 formats in these articles:
- What audio formats does Live365 support?
- Some of my MP3 files have different bitrates. Will they sound louder/softer?
You can also use audio recordings of voice or music that you’ve created yourself. There are endless possibilities of content that you can create, but all tracks must be in MP3 or M4A formats if you intend to use them with Live365.
If you want to use music from independent artists that are not covered by Performance Rights Organizations or Sound Exchange, you will need to obtain written permission from the artists directly. These MP3 files will also need to have metadata inserted so that the Artist Name and Song Title are displayed. More information about independent music can be found here. You cannot use music from digital streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal, YouTube or Apple Music due to their terms of service. You do not own these files, so there is no way to upload them.
Once you have acquired your audio content, you will need to upload your MP3 library or use an audio streaming encoder on your computer to drive your station. More information about encoders can be found here.
Please ensure that all of your uploaded tracks have accurate metadata. You can read about how to do that here.