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Global Music Library (GML)

Concepts and Description

The Global Music Library (GML) is a BoomBox exclusive add-on which supplies station operators with an extensive library of fully licensed music content for exclusive use within the SoniXCast Broadcast Network (SBN).

In cooperation with all major labels, SoniXCast regularly receives music content (a.k.a. Musters) which after normalization and processing is made available to station operators for use when generating their own programming schedules.

The Global Music Library can be found in the BoomBox file manager tool under the folder ‘GML’. Audio files are organized according to Genre/Mood and station operators can simply select, drag and drop (or copy and paste) individual tracks into their own playlist folders in the file manager.

Station operators cannot delete, rename or move tracks in the GML, however once copied into local playlist folders, operators may manipulate the individual tracks like any other uploaded track. Read Requirements and Restriction for more information.

Encoding and Normalization

All tracks are encoded as Moving Picture Experts Group Layer-3 (mp3) files at a constant bitrate (CBR) of 256Kbps, frequency of 44100KHz with Joint Stereo channel polyphonic phase correction which is the most compatible industry standard for use with SoniXCast systems. Each track has replaygain parameters preset to ensure constant and reliable volume leveling and smooth crossover during playback.

Song metadata is encoded as id3v2 frames within each track and is normalized and cross referenced with the iTunes music library for maximum accuracy and compatibility during playback. Each track has at least the Artist, Title and Genre as well as Album, Track Number and Duration parameters for compatibility with older flash-based players.

Each track is watermarked with the SoniXCast digital signature and encoded with an audio overlay that will repeat for the entire duration if playback occurs over non-SoniXCast systems. The audio watermark is disabled (cannot be heard) during playback through SoniXCast stream servers.

Restrictions and Requirements

All tracks within the GML are licensed for rebroadcast over SoniXCast Broadcasting Network only and are exclusively available in BoomBox. BoomBox Trial Accounts and CentovaCast DO NOT have access to the GML.

Station operators are authorized to copy GML tracks into their playlists folders using the BoomBox file manager only. DO NOT DOWNLOAD AUDIO FILES TO YOUR LOCAL SYSTEM AS THAT WOULD VIOLATE THE LICENSE AGREEMENT CAUSING YOU CONSIDERABLE RISK. WHICH MAY INCLUDE, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, FINES AND INCARCERATION.

Each audio file is digitally signed and traceable by law enforcement. In addition each copy operation made by each station operator is logged in order to comply with licensing requirements.

The station operator is personally liable for the responsible handling of audio files once they have been copied into their playlist folders regardless of who is ultimately found in possession of the audio file. It is imperative that station operators comply with GML usage restrictions and requirements.

Terms and Nomenclature

  • Global Music Library (GML): A repository of audio files made available to operators of the BoomBox radio automation platform and licensed for exclusive broadcast over the SoniXCast Broadcast Network.
  • SoniXCast Broadcast Network (SBN): A logical grouping of systems both Terrestrial and Internet based which broadcast content for consumer consumption over platforms like iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) Sony and iTunes.
  • Track (Audio File): A digital audio file that can be streamed through SoniXCast systems for consumer consumption.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a 320Kbps streaming package. Will audio quality suffer when using GML tracks?

I shouldn’t. All tracks are encoded at the maximum quality that can be appreciated by the majority of listeners. Some Audiophiles may be able to hear the difference between an audio file encoded at 320kbps and a GML track, however, the majority of the listener population will not. GML tracks are used for professional broadcast by terrestrial radio stations, so it should be good enough for Webcasting as well.

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