Here's a little excerpt from NTK
(offbeat techie newsletter) that I thought rather fitting:
"Europe's music companies need to do more to wean music-lovers away from a 'free-music mindset', according to an Internet research company."
<a href="http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2108751,00.html" target="_blank" target="_new">http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2108751,00.html</a>
- of course, if only oxygen breathers could be weaned away from their "free air mindset", we could charge them for that as well...
Music costs money, lots of it, and Matthew's right, you need a lot of bandwidth too. If you spend an hour on the forums, you might download perhaps a megabyte of data. Listening to a radio station at 64Kbps (the lowest quality that doesn't totally suck), you're looking at about 30Mb in an hour.
Deadman, what's your point of reference when you say we'd be getting more money - more money than what? We don't make money from people visiting UKMIX. To do so, we'd have to charge visitors to use the site, force-feed them with lots of advertising, or turn the whole site into an online store.
We did briefly have some targetted advertising in the past which was ok for a while, but the online advertising market went downhill rapidly. While the commercial sites had to make bigger, horribly annoying adverts in desperation, we had the luxury of saying "ah well, let's stay totally non-profit". I can do that as long as the costs are low enough for me to pay for it all myself.
As far as programming goes, it wouldn't be beyond me, it's more a case of finding, installing and setting up various software. Something I've never got into because I can't be bothered with the cost.
You could run it 24 hours, by putting it on autopilot/playlist and recording a number of 1-hour shows to slip into the programming twice a day or something... yeah, a radio station would be fun but it ain't likely to happen for a good while, if ever.