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My oldies station is on the Internet, streaming through Audiorealm and licensed through Loudcity. My costs, minus DSL, are about $30 per month. I pay a fee to Audiorealm for the hosting and a fee to Loudcity for licensing. I could host the stream on my own server, but I don’t have the upload capacity. I am very happy with Audiorealm. My stream stays up virtually all the time and they have few, if any, outages. My fees are based on the number of listeners and the upload rate. I bought the cheapest package I could at 20 listeners, but opted for 64 kb streaming for decent sound.
For an all-in-one option, there’s Live365. Live365 is a “one-stop shop”; they both host and license. It’s fairly easy to set up a broadcast and they have packages to fit almost any budget. They have two streaming modes, Basic and Live. Basic is streaming from their servers while Live is streaming from your studio. Streaming in “Live” mode, though, sharply reduces the number of connections you can have. That’s because Live365 inserts commercials into the stream and they can’t on a live broadcast. They’ve had some significant outages lately due to equipment failure.
The second alternative is harder to set up since you have to find a hosting company and a licensing service. Also, you pay two fees, one for your hosting (unless you do your own hosting) and a license fee. The upside is that you can pick your host and you control your content.
Having done both, I would recommend the second alternative. It’s more difficult to set up, but you have more control over you product and you’ll get more listeners. A lot of listeners don’t like the Live365 login requirement and other annoyances on the service.
Hopefully, this helps a bit.