WQXR Internet Radio Broadcasts No Longer Free Under AOL Deal

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The New York classical station WQXR, whose web-radio broadcast was one of the most listened to in the world, has ended free Intenet streaming, the New York Times reports.

The broadcast is now available on an unlimited basis only to America Online subscribers, through the Internet provider's radio network.

Listeners who are not AOL subscribers can get only two hours per day of free broadcast, through AOL's Radio@Netscape service.

Tom Bartunek, the station's president and general manager, told the Times that the Web feed produced no revenue for the station, and that there were no prospects of it ever doing so. The new agreement means that most of the streaming costs are paid by AOL, and that listeners get a better-quality broadcast.

WQXR had over 100,000 listeners when it was a free broadcast; Bartunek told the paper that the new AOL figures are not yet available.

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