FAQ

What kind of station is this?

You mention that your stream is live. What difference does it make and why should I care?

Why do you have a website when it looks like I can see pretty much the same thing on my player?

What is your request policy and how does it work?

Why would I want to become a Live365 VIP member?

While browsing your music library I see some songs from an album I like, but why are you missing a great one from the same album?

What's on your Facebook page?

I'd like to listen to your station (and others on Live365) through my home entertainment system. Any suggestions?



Q. What kind of station is this?

We play a high-quality, diverse mixture of Rock-related music from the past 5+ decades, leaning most heavily toward Classic Rock. But you'll also hear Folk, Pop, Progressive, Metal, Blues-Rock, Electronic, Singer/Songwriter, and occasionally even a little Fusion and New Age. There's an emphasis on playing familiar music, but you'll frequently hear deeper cuts from classic artists and great selections from others you may not have heard before.

Our stream is live and uninterrupted by audio ads or station IDs.

Regarding audio quality, all music we play is encoded on-the-fly for broadcast directly from a full CD-quality source. This means we'll never re-compress an already compressed song (i.e. an mp3 file we downloaded), and we think you'll notice the difference.

We're proud to feature music from Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. We typically include most (if not all) songs from these albums in our library.

We have a no-repeat policy of 2½ days. For those who like to tune in daily for a few hours (during work, for example) this essentially means 3 consecutive days of listening without a repeated song.

You'll notice there's an exclamation point in our "E-mail us!" menu option. We're not broadcasting to make a profit - happiness doesn't come from landing an advertising contract. Like many other Live365 broadcasters, we're driven by our love of music. Your feedback is important and appreciated, whether positive, negative or both. A lot of time, effort, and resources go into broadcasting (especially trying to provide a live stream 24/7), and getting a message from one of our listeners always means a lot to us.


Q. You mention that your stream is live. What difference does it make and why should I care?

On Live365, when you see that a station is broadcasting Live or Relay it means that the stream is being generated by the broadcaster and Live365 is only acting as a middleman to deliver it to you. Many broadcasters instead elect to upload music files to Live365's server and let them handle the streaming. The latter method can be much simpler, but it also comes with some limitations. We take advantage of the following differences live broadcasting offers:

  • Access at all times to our entire music library. If we chose instead to upload our music files to Live365, the available space is limited. Complete library availability also allows us to have our 2½-day no-repeat policy.
  • We can accept and play song requests from our listeners.
  • No audio ads interrupting the music.
  • Cross-fading between songs.
To see if a Live365 station is broadcasting live, go to their station page on Live365.com and look for Updated: in the station information. If the word Live or Relay appears next to it, it's a live stream. If you see a date, it isn't (which isn't a bad thing - many great stations prefer to broadcast this way).


Q. Why do you have a website when it looks like I can see pretty much the same thing on my player?

Our website allows us to offer many things we can't control in any of the Live365 players:

  • It accepts song requests (our #1 reason for having a site). To use this feature, click Library & Requests under our Menu options.
  • We provide links to sites where you can get more information about an artist you're interested in. Just click on any album cover.
  • Upcoming artists are shown. We realize there may be times when you're not particularly fond of a song we're playing, but there might be an artist you really like coming up very soon. It can also be fun anticipating which song will be played.
  • We feature music from Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. You'll see when a song from one of these albums is playing along with the album's ranking in the list.
  • Some players have limited space to display artist/title/album information. We show it in full.
  • Requested songs are highlighted.
  • There are certain players that don't seem to handle album covers very well. This isn't an issue with the Live365 station page or desktop players, but smart devices and specialty players (such as the Roku) don't seem to behave the way we'd like them to. High-quality album cover images will always be available on our site, and as mentioned above, can be clicked to see more information about the artist.
We hope you'll consider our website an enhancement to your listening experience.


Q. What is your request policy and how does it work?

We encourage and appreciate requests. They allow listeners to have direct interaction with our broadcast. Simply click Library & Requests under our Menu options and you'll see several ways to find songs in our library (spelling counts in the search box - if in doubt, use the artist drop-down); available songs will have a Request button listed with them.

Due to U.S. copyright law, we're required to delay playing requests for a minimum of one hour after receiving them. However, we're not restricted in accepting multiple requests. We suggest making a few together; after an hour has passed we're free to play all of your selections and you'll hear them mixed in with our regular content. It's also a good idea to select different artists; we have a policy of not repeating the same artist for at least two hours (out of courtesy to other listeners).


Q. Why would I want to become a Live365 VIP member?

Granted, the fact that we broadcast a live stream doesn't make for much difference between being a free listener vs. a VIP, but there are a few things worth considering. One benefit is that you don't get interrupted as often asking if you're still listening. A larger one is ad-free listening for other Live365 stations that don't broadcast their stream live. We firmly believe that Live365's independent broadcasters offer the most interesting and dynamic choices of any music service available.

But listening as a VIP member also helps the broadcaster. Live365 gives us a monthly monetary credit based on VIP listener time. It's not a significant amount per listening hour, but as our audience grows and more VIP members tune in it can really help offset our costs. Another credit with a larger impact is when a listener subscribes to a VIP membership through our referral. We've provided a graphical link on the left side of our site for listeners to subscribe with a referral from us. In either case of listening to Ear Candy Central as a VIP member or subscribing through our site, we thank you.

Whether you're a VIP member or not, we appreciate you as a listener. Our main reason for broadcasting is that we're passionate about music and enjoy sharing it with you.


Q. While browsing your music library I see some songs from an album I like, but why are you missing a great one from the same album?

We're always happy to take suggestions for additions to our library, whether we own the album or not. Obviously it's easier to add songs from CDs we already have, but please let us know if you have ideas for other music you think would sound good on the station.


Q. What's on your Facebook page?

We post occasional updates on subjects we think our listeners might be interested in, such as music we'd like to highlight or general information about our station. We'd appreciate you visiting our Facebook page and giving us a Like. Just click ECC on Facebook under our Menu options.


Q. I'd like to listen to your station (and other Live365 broadcasts) through my home entertainment system. Any suggestions?

We typically monitor our broadcast using a Roku hooked directly into a high-quality audio receiver. We were very surprised how good a 128kbps stream can sound when played through the right kind of equipment (although the quality of the stream itself makes a big difference, too). Even medium-quality audio gear would most likely be a big improvement over typical PC speakers. A link to Roku is provided on our site just to make listeners aware that there are other options than listening through a PC, smartphone, etc. Other supported streaming devices are listed on Live365's site. We'd be more than happy to share our experience in answering any questions you may have. Just drop us an e-mail.