I can't make any reccomendations, but cheapest I've seen for 'do it yourself' streaming is thepuremix.com . But as Jeff mentioned, "royalties". Those costs are usually far more than the cost of the streaming server.
You don't have to be rich to stream; I pay nothing for streaming through Live365 although that's probably not the kind of host you had in mind.
As for business model, I don't think anyone's really settled on what works best. Most, however, seem to be going to advertiser supported, just like old fashioned broadcast radio. Subscription services have not had much success.
Get yourself a dedicated server from an unmetered cogent bandwidth provider such as orangefiber.com
I didn't know that unmetered bandwidth so, I did a little search and here is was I found :
To ensure that things will be manageable, certain types of websites are typically not eligible for unmetered bandwidth:
- Those that offer file downloads (software, video, mp3s etc.)
- Those that host image galleries (they are notorious for both high bandwidth and high server resources usage)
- Those that contain popular forums
- Portals and other types of communities
- Adult websites
So, it looks like there is no real unlimited/unmetered bandwidth, right?
So true! But some folks, it seems, never stop trying to find it.
Originally Posted by sleidia
When the shoutcast server application is installed on my host's server instead of locally on my computer, wouldn't my own bandwidth be affected?
Also, how many listeners max. are usually alllowed?
Your own bandwidth would be one stream, 24/7. Even with a high quality stream of 128Kbps most cable/DSL or better connections would have no problem.
The maximum number of listeners varies; I've seen everything from 10 up to thousands. The limit is a hard number set in the shoutcast.config file. When it's reached the server will not accept additional connections. Most streaming providers use this number instead of metered bandwidth to determine the price and limits of your package.
Originally Posted by sleidia
Isn't it posssible to have the labels, independant or not, pay the radio owner to broadcast their artists? This would help the broadcaster to have enough cash for the royalties (maybe).
That sounds like "payola". There was a big scandel some 30-40 years ago and the practice was stopped. I suppose it's still going on under the table but don't expect to make it a respectable source of income.
Jeff was talking about unmetered bandwidth on a dedicated server and yes there is such a thing ON A DEDICATED SERVER. All unmetered means is that it's not metered so usage is limited to the max speed of the servers connection and how much you can use the whole time. From that article.
Unmetered bandwidth in the shared hosting environment
Pay attention to the word shared in that article. That is only applicable to hosting on a shared server and not on a dedicated server!