Before you can make Events in your Schedule, you will need to make a Playlist. Even long tracks like pre-recorded interviews, talk shows or storytelling tracks must be added to a Playlist before they can be scheduled into an Event.
Playlists help you curate tracks for your Events. All of the tracks in your Library can be included in your Playlists. The way you program your Playlist is up to you.
To get started with Playlists, click on the Playlists tab in the Navigation Bar on the left side of the Live365 interface.
Step 1: Name and create your Playlist
Create your first Playlist by adding a name in Playlist Name textbox.
Choose a colour to help you organise your Playlists, then click red “ADD” button to create the Playlist. At first, your Playlist will be empty, then next step will be to add tracks to the Playlist.
The way you program your station is up to you. One suggestion for beginners is to start by creating Playlists labelled by the air date. This makes it easier to associate your Playlist with the Event in the Schedule tab. For example, we created the Playlist Monday AM for an event that we intend to broadcast on Monday morning.
Step 2: Add tracks to your Playlist
Once you’ve created your Playlist, left-click on the Playlist name or click on the edit icon to add tracks to your newly created Playlist.
On the left side of the Playlist pane are the tracks that are currently uploaded to your Library. On the right will be your selected Playlist (empty at first).
This is the "Add Track" button.
You will find the "Add Track" button to the right of the track length. Use this button to add a track to your current Playlist. As soon as you’ve clicked the add track button, you will see the track in the Playlist, on the right.
Add as many tracks as you like to create the perfect Playlist. Note that you cannot edit track metadata from the Playlist tab. All metadata adjustments must be done from the Media tab > Tracks.
Use the search bar to find specific Tracks. You can add keywords from the track title, artist or album. The search will examine at all fields simultaneously as you type.
Refine the search of your music library by clicking the “Filter” button found at the right hand edge of the search bar.
You can use filters to refine your library according to Tag or Track Type.
If you accidentally added a track that you don’t want into your Playlist, click on the blue trash icon to remove the song from the Playlist.
Please note - when creating Playlists you must comply with a law called the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). The DMCA was enacted to protect artists from having internet radio broadcasters upload their entire albums in sequence. DMCA primarily restricts you from repeating an artist too many times in a row. See below. Much has changed with online music since this law was enacted, but it is still a law today and must be followed.
Step 3: Arrange your Playlist
Tracks will play out in the same order that you’ve added them to the Playlist. You can arrange the songs by clicking and dragging the track to the desired spot in the Playlist (as shown above).
Manually arranging tracks in your Playlist might be an important step if you want to make sure that you aren’t playing the same artist too many times in a row, so as to comply with the DMCA.
Instead of manually arranging the tracks in your Playlist, you can click the “Shuffle” button at the top of the Playlist pane. The Shuffle feature will take into account DMCA regulations when arranging the Tracks.
Step 4: Check the Run Time
As you add tracks to your Playlist, you will see a cumulative run time at the top of the Playlist pane. Add tracks to the Playlist until you’ve reached your desired run time. If you schedule a Playlist of 45 minutes into an hour long Event, the Playlist will loop again from the beginning to fill the entire Event. If you want to avoid looping, you can create your Event with a length that matches the run time of your Playlist.
Checking the run time of your Playlist will also help your determine how many Ads you will need to insert into your Playlist.
Step 5: Insert Ads
Note that if you have not opted out of the Ad Revenue Sharing Program that you must manually insert the ad breaks into your Playlist. Find the Ad breaks in your Library by typing “Ad Break” in the Playlists pane search bar.
As per the Ad Revenue Sharing Program agreement, for each hour of programming you must include 4 minutes of ads. Ads come in 30 second, 60 second, 90 second and 120 second increments. That means if you have a Playlist that is 2.5 hours long you will need 10 minutes of ads total, making sure that they are spread fairly evenly across all 2.5 hours. If you are using the 120 second ad breaks, for your 2.5 hour long Playlist, you will need to schedule 5 of those 120 second ad breaks in total.
Re-check the run time after you’ve inserted the ads. This will help you know how long to make the Event for your Playlist.
Step 6: Save your Playlist
Once you have filled your Playlist, click on the “DMCA Compliance Check and Save” button to make sure your Playlist passes the DMCA test. You can read more about the DMCA here: https://live365.com/blog/dmca-compliance/ .
If your Playlist passed the DMCA check and saved successfully, you will see a notification at the top of your Playlist pane.
Once you’ve created at least one Playlist, you’re ready to create an Event! Read more about Event creation here.