FA News – March 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Flashback Alternatives!

On Friday, March 24th, Flashback Alternatives celebrated its 18th year of broadcasting.  FA is one of the longest continuously running Internet Radio stations in the world.  We have had many challenges keeping the station operational all these years, but thanks to the listeners of FA, we have always found a way.  Thank you for being a part of Flashback Alternatives – your home for the Past, Present, and Future of Classic Alternative Music!

Flashback Division

Our sister station, Flashback Division, is now listed on Tunein.com as well as on iTunes.com.  Flashback Division simulcasts the Flashback Alternatives stream at 128kb MP3.  It also has its own Twitter page – #FBDivision.  The Flashback Division website will be updated to include streaming links to TuneIn.com as well as incorporate the TuneIn Web Player.  You can also use the TuneIn Mobile App (available for Android and iOS).

Flashback Alternative Broadcast Software Issues

After yesterday’s Windows and Broadcast software upgrades we ran into an issue with the scheduling component.  As a result, at the suggestion of the broadcast software vendor, we will need to reinstall the software.  This will happen at some point later today (Sunday, March 26th, 2017).  I expect to be offline for about two hours.  Please check the FA or FD websites for more information (it will be posted on the TagBoard).

Flashback Alternatives and Flashback Division Web Sites

Work continues on both the FA and FD websites.  Both sites have the basics in place (Tune In links, Tag Board, Now Playing, and Requests).  The FA site also has a temporary Up Next menu item to see what artists are in the queue.  Watch for new features on both sites in the coming weeks!

Oh Canada!

Both Flashback Alternatives and Flashback Division broadcast from Montreal, Canada as part of the SonixCast network which also handles all licensing via SOCAN.  In addition, the websites for Flashback Alternatives and Flashback Division are also hosted with SonixCast web hosting in Montreal, Canada.

CloudFare

We recently started using CloudFare for the FA and FD websites.  This will allow for faster site response times as well as website security.  We have also added additional website protections within the websites themselves.

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives (and Flashback Division).

DJ Ed

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FA News – March 1, 2017

Just a reminder that the old StreamLicensing streams are no longer in use.

Please use the new SonixCast links on the FA website, or the FA WordPress Site.

iTunes has already been updated, as have our listings on Shoutcast.com.

Thank you.

DJ Ed

#itunes, #shoutcast

FA News – August 7th, 2016

Flashback Alternatives is Now Part of the SonixCast Network

This weekend we officially became part of the SonixCast Network of stations broadcasting out of Toronto, Canada.

All of our listen links have been updated on the FA Website, Shoutcast, TuneIn, FA WordPress site and soon iTunes (we are listed but there is an issue with the tune in link – this should be resolved on Monday).

We still remain commercial free!

TuneIn / Sonos Issue Resolved

For those that use Sonos devices, the issue with listening to FA through TuneIn has been resolved.  The issue was with the user agent type Sonos displays to the broadcasting software.  They use an agent that can be mistaken for stream ripping software.  As I am very proactive when it comes to Stream Rippers, I banned that agent.  I alerted Sonos to this and am waiting for a response.  In the meantime, as long I do not detect stream ripping, I will allow the agent.

September 2016 Artist Of The Month Poll

The September 2016 Artist of the Month Poll is up.  This month the choices are:

  • Thomas Dolby / The Dream Academy (Last month’s runner up)
  • John Foxx / Gangway
  • The Go-Betweens / The Go-Go’s
  • Heaven 17 / Nick Heyward

You can vote for the AoTM here or on the FA website.

That’s all for now.

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

 

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FA Alert – 6/17/16

We are currently having issues with the Flashback Alternatives website.  Our hosting provider has been alerted.

The site is very slow to load, when it loads at all.

We are working on moving the website to our own dedicated server over the coming weeks.

In the event you can’t reach the website, you can tune in via iTunes, TuneIn.com. Shoutcast.com, or via the following links:

Thank you for your patience.

DJ Ed

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FA News – May 29th, 2016

Stream Changes

As of today (5/29/16) we have changed our streaming provider to ReliaStream.  The Stream Licensing links as well as the iTunes links have been updated.  We are now offering 192kb MP3 and 64kb AAC+ streams.  We have eliminated the 128kb MP3 stream as the 64kb AAC+ stream offers the same quality using less bandwidth.  At the same time, we have increased the number of slots for the 192kb stream.  The FA iTunes link points to the 192kb stream.

We have also instituted a 12-hr listening maximum.  After 12 hours you will be disconnected from the stream.  To continue listening, just restart the stream.  This is being done to cut down on ’empty chair’ listening.

The original 192kb stream will be taken offline later tonight.  If you are using any kind of direct URL to that stream, please follow the 192kb Listen Link on the FA Web Site.

Directory Updates

TuneIn: I still have not heard back from TuneIn regarding relisting Flashback Alternatives.  I am going to be resubmitting FA as a new station and not as an update.  Maybe that will help.

iTunes: iTunes has cleaned up all the Flashback Alternatives listings.  Now there is only one FA listing.

Shoutcast: Both the 192kb and 64kb streams will be listed on Shoutcast.

Twitter and Facebook Updates

We have resumed posting Now Playing on the #npflashalt Twitter feed.  Currently it is tweeting after every song, but that should change to every 30 minutes once the application settings are refreshed.

We are also sending those tweets to our Flashback Alternatives Facebook Page.

Stream Rippers

One of the reasons we switched stream providers are the tools available to us to block Stream Rippers.  Stream Rippers, plain and simple, will be banned from listening to Flashback Alternatives.  Once banned, you will not be allowed back.  This should not affect the majority of FA listeners, as I suspect most Stream Rippers are bots, but for those human stream rippers – support the artists and buy their music.

June Artist of the Month

There is still time to vote.  It is a very close race this month.  Visit http://goo.gl/VTa2VW to vote!

That’s all for now.

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

DJ Ed

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FA News – May 20th, 2016

Flashback Alternatives Returns to iTunes

As of last night, we again have a working link to Flashback Alternatives in iTunes.  Unfortunately, there are now four links to FA – with the first three not working.  The first is our old Live365 link which goes no where, the second and third are Radionomy links which now play some generic 80s station.  The fourth is the working FA link:

fa-itunes

I have requested that iTunes remove the other three links as it is confusing.

Note: If you sort Z-A, then the first FA link would be the working link 🙂

TuneIn

I submitted my request to have Flashback Alternatives relisted in TuneIn earlier in the week.  Still no update.

Streema

For those that use Streema, they have updated their listing to point to the correct FA stream.

If you know of any other service that needs to be notified of the change, please let me know.

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

DJ Ed

 

#fa-news, #flashback-alternatives-2, #itunes, #streema, #tunein

FA News – May 14th, 2016

FA Returns To Stream Licensing

As of Friday night (5/13/16) Flashback Alternatives has moved its live stream from Radionomy to Stream Licensing.   If you visit the Flashback Alternatives website you will see the new listen links.  The links will open to a separate listen page on the Stream Licensing domain.  Right now this is a generic page.  I will be working on the custom listen page this weekend.  This separate listen page is required to stay compliant with the various licencing and royalty agencies.

We are offering 192kb MP3, 128kb Mp3, and 64kb AAC+ streams.  192kb and 64kb streams have limited slots.  The 128kb stream is to be considered our main stream.  The custom listen links will automatically roll to the 128kb stream if the 192kb or 64kb streams are full.  You have the ability to tune in via a very nice HTML5 player or  you can listen with the app of your choice.  Also on that tune in page is a link where you can download the Stream Licensing app for your Smart Phone (IOS or Android) that will automatically play Flashback Alternatives!

Also – No More Ads!  With the move to StreamLicensing we are no longer required to air any ads (or Public Service Announcements).  FA will be commercial free again!  The one exception is a Pre-roll add that may play.  That is required by StreamLicensing’s new ownership group.

As a result of not having to incorporate ads in the programming, all FA shows will run 1 hr straight.  No more commercial breaks.

Moving back to StreamLicensing is quite honestly not cheap.  Hopefully a new Small Webcasters license will become available soon that will help reduce costs, but until then we are paying the same rates as the Pandora’s of the world.  Any listener support is greatly appreciated.

FA on Radionomy

We will be maintaining a presence on Radionomy – mainly because our iTunes links point there.  There is a basic stream still playing there with a few hundred track playlist.  We are running sweepers directing listeners back to the FA website if they want the full FA experience.

I will be working with iTunes to get our original FA listing (which is still up and pointing to the non-existent Live365 stream) switched to our StreamLicensing stream.

That’s it for now.. as always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

DJ Ed

 

 

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