Digitally Imported (DI.fm) is a multi-channel Internet radio service based in New York City, specializing in electronic dance music genres. It also offers other genres of music through its sister network, SKY.fm. The Digitally Imported Radio network thus offers 39 channels in four formats: MP3, Windows Media Audio, aacPlus, and AAC. The AAC format is offered to premium subscribers only, while AAC+ is offered to all users at low bandwidth.
Listeners have a choice of bitrates, allowing access for users with dial-up access or broadband connections. The addition of the aacPlus format, which has a very low bitrate but still retains high quality, has allowed many users to get a better experience while on dial-up or on upcoming new wireless services.
Both DI.fm and SKY.fm are featured on the iTunes radio tuner service as well as on Windows Media Radio Guide and the Winamp Shoutcast Listing.
The station and concept was started by Ari Shohat on December 6, 1999 with just the premiere Trance channel. Since then, Digitally Imported has grown larger and far more popular than anyone had conceived. The team behind the station has increased to over a dozen people since then, while the number of concurrent listeners now peaks at well over 60,000.
By Summer 2000, Digitally Imported (DI) was in the top 5 of shoutcast.com having regularly a few hundred listeners at the same time (max). DI stopped using Live365.com servers for some time, but still list there. By August 2000, it became one of the pioneer online radio stations to broadcast live DJ shows for the first time. Thanks to DJs Saul V, DJ Ganja, DJ Irish (Johan Nilsson), DJ Doboy were one of the first DJs to broadcast live to thousands of people around the world through Digitally Imported.
December 2000: DI is the most listened to station on Shoutcast.com station.
By 2002, Digitally Imported now peaks at over 10,000 concurrent listeners at any given time. Broadcasting in audio and video live feeds of DJ sets and broadcasting live from night clubs around the world.
In 2003, the company behind the service became a for-profit corporation, opening up for subscriptions that give users options of higher bitrates and access to some extra services. With a subscription users get all the available channels completely commercial-free and at much higher quality of sound (192k MP3). The service is still widely offered for free with occasional commercials.
Digitally Imported shut off the streams on their free stations as part of a Day of Silence on June 26, 2007. Their free streams were replaced by ambient noise, with a repeating announcement urging listeners to call their United States Senators and Representatives and tell them to support the Internet Radio Equality Act.
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