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    Well ... it does bother ... but tbh, I understand the situation in here coz me and a friend of mine run a regional language streaming radio station, and we spend more than $500 a month out of our pockets just to keep it running, with royalty fees and payment to syndicated content providers and so on. So, basically its tough on the Webmaster's part to keep a thing like this running, coz its real costly.
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    i think you guys are getting it all WRONG...

    Take this as a new SERVICE by AH.FM which is not free of charge, but whoever likes the sets will have the option to get them, WHILE ROYALTIES ARE PAID AFTER SONGS, so it makes this thing all legal. Plus you're supporting the artists and labels indirectly (which you wouldn't do in other ways, i assume)

    Comparing it to the previous "torrents distribution service" well, that's something not fair... you guys taking it like this: "We haven't had to pay so far, but now we do, wtf it's a ripoff!"
    That previous site was ran by me, i've never asked money from everyone but i accepted donations to cover some of my costs... and btw I've never expected anyone to say thanks for me either. It was free, it was good, but it wasn't right the way it was, period.
    This question is about the future service, whether it should be launched or not... so pls stop complaining and start to think reasonable...

    Storing and serving 1 year of AH.FM sets and events, and you guys want it for free. Nothing on the internet is free, everything has its own costs, covered by commercials, ads, popups, whatsoever or maybe out from someone's purse.

    So please, i'm asking everyone to look at this thing as a possible future service, which won't be launched if there's no need for it. that's all i wanted to say.

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    We've talked about this, I think on demand is a good idea, depending on what listeners want. The costs needs to be covered as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Config View Post
    Personally i can get all sets i want if i ask them to the dj's themselves. I don't
    Only ppl with good connections can get any set they want, even they can't easily get it, they have to ask every single dj. On demand would work easy, a single click and you will be able to listen to all 12 month last shows. There is a big difference..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kowy View Post
    i think you guys are getting it all WRONG...

    Take this as a new SERVICE by AH.FM which is not free of charge, but whoever likes the sets will have the option to get them, WHILE ROYALTIES ARE PAID AFTER SONGS, so it makes this thing all legal. Plus you're supporting the artists and labels indirectly (which you wouldn't do in other ways, i assume)

    Comparing it to the previous "torrents distribution service" well, that's something not fair... you guys taking it like this: "We haven't had to pay so far, but now we do, wtf it's a ripoff!"
    That previous site was ran by me, i've never asked money from everyone but i accepted donations to cover some of my costs... and btw I've never expected anyone to say thanks for me either. It was free, it was good, but it wasn't right the way it was, period.
    This question is about the future service, whether it should be launched or not... so pls stop complaining and start to think reasonable...

    Storing and serving 1 year of AH.FM sets and events, and you guys want it for free. Nothing on the internet is free, everything has its own costs, covered by commercials, ads, popups, whatsoever or maybe out from someone's purse.

    So please, i'm asking everyone to look at this thing as a possible future service, which won't be launched if there's no need for it. that's all i wanted to say.

    Kowy


    exactly, for free people have the streaming radio at 192 K, so it's fair to charge for the on_demand, but if only will have "demand" of enough people for that.

    Paying for separated servers for the streaming and the ondemand will not be easy

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    so when i look at the DJ side of that all....

    I give each month a set to AH.FM like the most other djs. With the demand system the users will be able to download these sets when they pay a lil ...my question is, are all djs okay with that ? i mean is f.e. Shulz okay with the DL of his GDJB ??? coz if not...we will have problems...and when yes every DJ is okay with that, what more than the general Promotion is for the DJs ? For a DJ its easy to do the same extra Promotion what the on demand will bring ...every dj can put a DL link in the DJ and Producer Corner when he/she wants that extra Promotion...so if you ask ME as DJ i would say NO to a on demand system coz i cant check how often is it downloaded etc but the feedback on a Thread in Forums then is a lil bit control and shows me a part who has catched my set coz i see the users writing in there that they catch it etc.
    From the USER Side of me i would say YESSSS coz i have not the time to listen to each set live...but there is the point...when i have no time to listen in normal why should i have suddenly time to hear on demand ???

    So i cant say what will be the best. I see 2 different sides...he DJ side and the user side...

    Everything has costs...for DAN to run the station or the new on demand system, for a DJ the equipment, the tracks, etc
    So from DJ Side i would say if the user needs to pay for the DL, the incoming money must be split ... one half for DAn to fix the costs for the system, other half for the DJs...and so it is NOT to manage coz who will say wich dj gets wich money ...

    I see also a general point what Sunny said...Ah and all its services were always free for the user...some donate, others not... as i understood DAN until now his dream is, to give the world best service for free...so the user will always say what Sunny said...i catch all what is free , what isnt free its not interesting, and the donaters will say no problem, i donate so i get a better service then...but how will you control that all ??? Yu will maybe create a 2 different users community...the one half is the user paying group, the other the "normalos"

    so i see alot of problems comming with that

    in general i would say...keep as much as free as possible to make ah grow, but i understand that costs are there, but the user isnt station manager or staff or something like that , so to ask for money will always be a nesty situation

    other point is, who needs any replay if a on demand system is established ?? so there in my mind we will have shitloads of free slots then for new djs or longer shows, coz replay you can replay as often as you like with the on demand system, but the other side is without a replay the most user never will hear the set when they dont pay for a on demand system...and the so community will go smaller and smaller

    ahhhhhhhhh

    so many things to think about
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayCan View Post
    my question is, are all djs okay with that ? i mean is f.e. Shulz okay with the DL of his GDJB ??? coz if not...we will have problems...
    I guess he didnt allow to download his sets from old torrents site due to royalty fees and unclear law situation, now it'll be fixed


    Paid on demand system is imo good idea... similar system have proton and frisky radio afaik... they offer you to listen or download your fav shows whenever you want for $10 per month. Regular listeners still can catch replays of the previous shows for free, but at unscheduled times (so kinda like it is here now)...

    Personally, i dont really care about that option as i wasnt really using torrents often... But it might help cover some costs if there will be enough people willing to pay for it if it works for other stations should work here as well

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    I would be happy to pay for an on demand service, since (as I have pointed out before) I simply cannot get access to AH.FM during the daytime.

    A download option would be even better, then at least I can listen in the car or on my ipod in the gym!

    If the quality of the playback/download is at least 192K mp3, then I personally would pay $5 to $10 a month to get access without any issue.

    It was great to get the sets for nothing via the torrent site. But I used to donate fairly regularly anyway, as it was well worth supporting such a great feature.

    Whilst I can still get lots of music for free from the likes of ETN.FM's torrent site, the quality of AH.FM's sets (and variety) is un-paralleled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUNNY TOMORROW View Post
    This is kind of simla to what was being offered at the other station where many of us came from, they called it premium, where you had a channel that played replays and stuff and supposedly got a better quality sound if you payed for it. I never payed for that and I wouldnt be paying for this. So I would definately be voting no to your proposal.

    not similar in any way....

    maybe you remember when they added the the Content Link Advertising back in November 2006, where certain key words in posts would turn to hyperlinks

    extremely annoying, but was a way for them to make some money

    Premium gave ppl access to better quality stream, but it came with other perks, the most important of all was the option to disable the damn Content Link Advertising and also not to hear the Commercials in the middle of the sets, as well as in between them.

    "leather trimmed shift knob for your Syon" anyone?

    I was one that chose to pay for the Premium service, not only for the better quality of the stream, or to get rid of the advertising, but purely because i got a "free ride" for 4 years and i watched the place develop and evolve, and i figured its time i show my appreciation and give something back.

    What happened there, stays there, i am not mentioning this to open a can of worms, and start a discussion about the other place.

    Also when i came over to AH, I had a pretty good idea what it takes financially to run such a service so i chose to become a Supporter right away, to show my appreciation for what i am being offered.

    Same goes for Torrents, i hardly downloaded anything but i still donated.

    This is not intended to imply to anyone that they have to donate, is just my own opinion and what and why i chose to do it.


    Now, what would everyone think if we had that Content Link Advertising introduced in this forums?

    I already see ppl complaining about the Google adds being distracting, obviously they do not realize that as little as it may be its a source of covering some of the costs of running AH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomek View Post
    I guess he didnt allow to download his sets from old torrents site due to royalty fees and unclear law situation, now it'll be fixed


    Paid on demand system is imo good idea... similar system have proton and frisky radio afaik... they offer you to listen or download your fav shows whenever you want for $10 per month. Regular listeners still can catch replays of the previous shows for free, but at unscheduled times (so kinda like it is here now)...

    Personally, i dont really care about that option as i wasnt really using torrents often... But it might help cover some costs if there will be enough people willing to pay for it if it works for other stations should work here as well

    yeah frisky does it friskyRadio | Subscription Downloads

    I know a few other stations do also, this is just a extra service that some people would like to have, people that always looked for sets to download on sites will keep on doing that, but there is and are those people that would rather have the luxury to pay small fee and download it.

    I think many people forget that AH.FM is FREE 192k.
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    Okay. I was at the other place for 4 years, too. And like t4e, I was a Premium Member for the same reasons that she gave. I'm a supporter here and I pay more here than I paid there, about twice as much. I'm happier here and I prefer sets to track rotations. I can live without ASOT.

    I have a tiny idea what it costs Dan to do these things. I'm running the replacement torrent site, poor though it is. Pure stop gap measure until Dan gets this off the ground. I GOTTA have AH on my iPods and in my car. And folks, I can tell you IT IS NOT FREE.

    Dan is trying so hard to give us the very best with the least amount of disruption. I HATE those new Google ads. They work. They draw my eyes away from the posts. I hate that. IMHO Supporters should not have to see them. I didn't mind the regular link ads. I even clicked on a few of them. Point is, Dan is trying to survive just like the rest of us are and he's NOT independently wealthy. He has to defray his costs however he can. JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE WOULD DO.

    I love this idea. And I don't mind paying for it. It's worth it. Period.
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    Jaycan has some good points in his post, but i'll pick this one out:

    Quote Originally Posted by JayCan View Post

    Everything has costs...for DAN to run the station or the new on demand system, for a DJ the equipment, the tracks, etc
    So from DJ Side i would say if the user needs to pay for the DL, the incoming money must be split ... one half for DAn to fix the costs for the system, other half for the DJs...and so it is NOT to manage coz who will say wich dj gets wich money ...
    He's totally right here. If AH would be selling sets the dj's mixed it's kind of unfair towards their dj's if i may say so. We mixed it and bought our tracks , gear and all the necessary stuff. It's not cheap for us who mix with decent dj gear too. If there would be something to pay for a single set i think the dj should be getting a part of this. How big that part is? I don't know. How will AH manage it? I don't know? But selling sets that dj's gave in for free is not to be done.



    The best thing is to work with a login system where people just subscribe to the on demand system and pay a fee for that. After that it should be ALL free. Even the set downloads, cus then we're getting onto the first problem again.

    I have no doubt AH will choose this option instead of pay per download sets. It's the better in every kind of way.


    There will still be a lot (or even more) dj's who will drop their download links at the end of the sets, so i think in all cases people will be satisfied.
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    And yeah, you can go to the DJs sites and get them, if you can find them. Do you know what a pain in the ass that is? I DO! I'M DOING IT NOW for TAP. This is SO much better. You can hear it before you buy it, you can have it ALL if you desire it. And you DON'T have to go HUNT it down or BEG for it like I'm doing now.

    I WANT my torrents site to become obsolete and no longer needed. This is THE way to achieve that goal. Come on people. Be reasonable. Sunny. Hey. I want my mortgage for free. My light bill, water bill and Internet service free, too. Free food would be great and free gas wonderful.

    I can also want in one hand and shit in the other. THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Config View Post
    Jaycan has some good points in his post, but i'll pick this one out:



    He's totally right here. If AH would be selling sets the dj's mixed it's kind of unfair towards their dj's if i may say so. We mixed it and bought our tracks , gear and all the necessary stuff. It's not cheap for us who mix with decent dj gear too. If there would be something to pay for a single set i think the dj should be getting a part of this. How big that part is? I don't know. How will AH manage it? I don't know? But selling sets that dj's gave in for free is not to be done.



    The best thing is to work with a login system where people just subscribe to the on demand system and pay a fee for that. After that it should be ALL free. Even the set downloads, cus then we're getting onto the first problem again.

    I have no doubt AH will choose this option instead of pay per download sets. It's the better in every kind of way.


    There will still be a lot (or even more) dj's who will drop their download links at the end of the sets, so i think in all cases people will be satisfied.

    I think this is where the organization needs to pay for royalties, and not the djs. Your forgetting the people who really should be getting paid are the producers who produce the music that you play. Yes you create the sets to be aired on AH.FM but in return you get promoted across the globe. So you have to look at it as yes they might have the system and people can download BUT they are paying royalties for those sets, royalties that go back to the producers. Essentially users that will use this service are the ones that are supporting the producers.
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    That's not entirely true. As i said; Dj's already have supported the producers too. They bought the tracks they play in the sets and therefor have the right to play those tracks out. Indeed the organization needs to pay for royalties, it's true. But that's not the only party who pays for the tracks to be played Actually a dj supports the producers even more than the users will. The users would be paying for a single set, which will cost a lot less than buying all the tracks in the set on itself, the sum of those tracks will be lots higher.

    Also a reason why i think a subscription in return for a fee is a way better way for an on demand system.

    Of course dj's should be very grateful for the promotion they get, and i don't think any dj over here isn't grateful for that
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