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Top Tips: Background Music Systems 101

Are you looking to buy a background music system for your business? The task can be a breeze with some basic information on the varying systems that support music for business.

The most important thing to know are the positives and negatives of each of the four different types of background music systems, which include (1) PC-based systems, (2) internet streaming systems, (3) satellite streaming systems, and (4) store-and-forward systems. Some establishments may use a soundcloud downloader, this allows them to be reassured that the internet won’t let them down while the music is playing. The one that is right for your business depends on what you need out of your music for business.

Let’s take a moment to cut through the confusion with a quick primer on each type of background music platform. We’ll examine the pros and cons of each in-store music system to help you make the right decision for your background business music. Here we go!

(1) PC-Based Systems

PC systems are the most basic type of commercial audio system, and are also the least popular. These background music for business systems use a computer to stream music from the internet by way of a program called a PC Player. Sometimes people like to add some great GRAHAM SLEE HIFI SYSTEM COMPONENTS to improve the audio quality but that is mainly for the audiophiles among us. Users must download the PC player and then connect the computer to your office background music system.

Positives
(+) No hardware cost (if you have a PC)
(+) Fast and easy to implement. Takes only a few minutes to get started.

Negatives
(-) Be careful, not all services are licensed. Comcast, Spotify, iTunes, and regular Pandora are not legal to play in your business.
(-) PC music will occupy part of your computer processor all day. If your computer hiccups, so will your music.
(-) Known as the LEAST reliable of all commercial music platforms
(-) We find that most businesses do not have a computer to dedicate to this option

(2) Internet Streaming Systems

Streaming music over the internet is quickly becoming the most popular way for businesses to deliver licensed music to their guests. Streaming music systems are relatively inexpensive, easy to set up, and have lots of options.

These business music solutions use a dedicated piece of hardware called an Internet Streaming Player. The Streaming Player connects to a commercial music service over the internet using a high-bandwidth connection like cable or DSL. The music streams through the Streaming Player to your sound system. Most Streaming Players offer a variety of channels that can be changed on the player itself, or through a web-based interface. The web interfaces are often quite robust allowing users to select, schedule, and manage their music from their PC or mobile device.

Positives
(+) Low cost equipment
(+) Easy to install
(+) Lots of content and music variety
(+) Centralized management through website interface. Great for managers with multiple locations to manage.

Negatives
(-) Requires high-bandwidth internet connection (visit EATEL website to learn more about getting high speed internet installed in your house)
(-) WiFi connection may not always be reliable. It’s best to use a wired connection.
(-) As with any internet streaming service, the music stream is subject to reliability of internet connection

(3) Satellite Streaming Systems (think SiriusXM)

Satellite-based streaming systems deliver licensed music through a satellite receiver. The receiver is connected to a special-purpose antenna mounted to the exterior of the building. Once the antenna is installed and properly adjusted, the satellite music content streams directly to the satellite receiver.

Positives
(+) No Internet connection required. The receiver communicates directly with the satellite.
(+) Excellent programming and great variety. If you like SiriusXM in your car, you will probably like the service in your business.
(+) The service is quite reliable and the antenna works very well, even in bad weather.

Negatives
(-) There is an equipment cost, although it is moderate.
(-) The antenna needs to be mounted outside to get reliable service. A technician might be required for some installations.

(4) Store and Forward Music Systems

Store and Forward in-store music systems play music from a hard drive located inside a physical music player (most are shaped like a DVD player). They are called “store and forward” systems because they store music locally on a hard drive and then forward the music to the audio system.

These systems are generally loaded with four or five selected playlists (or “channels”) prior to being shipped to your location. The playlists are updated on a monthly basis via a satellite connection, the internet, or via a physical compact disc. Store and Forward systems are usually the most expensive hardware platforms due to the need for large hard drives to store the music for playback.

Positives
(+) Most flexible from a music perspective. In most cases you can select from hundreds of playlists.
(+) Song-by-song custom playlists are available for high-end applications
(+) The hardware is designed to integrate overhead messaging or play music/messaging through your phone system
(+) Very easy to install. Most systems are plug and play.

Negatives
(-) High equipment cost
(-) Highest monthly service cost

Choosing a Service

Choosing a background music service can be overwhelming, in part because there are so many options. Dynamic Media represents all of the major business music streaming services and has done so for years. Our team of business music solutions experts will explain the options and help you get the service that’s best for your business. Call our team to get started at 1-800-684-7050 or CLICK HERE to request a contact from a business music system expert.

About the Author
Dr. Ryan Santangelo is Co-Founder and President of Dynamic Media, the nation’s leading provider of background radio services, music on hold, and message on hold for business. With over 10 years of leadership in the business music space, Dynamic Media serves over 20,000 business clients across the United States and in 12 countries around the world. With award-winning service and a customer-drive culture, Dynamic Media is one of the fastest growing full-service business music providers in the country.

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Is your Background Music Licensed?

At Dynamic Media, we resell SiriusXM Music for Business on a national level and have been doing so for many years. Many of our clients are SiriusXM consumer subscribers and want to use SiriusXM in their businesses. When we explain that the cost of the business subscription is higher than the consumer subscription, they rightfully ask why. The answer: Licensing.

It works like this …

Music that is played on the premises of a business for the enjoyment of patrons and others is deemed a “public performance” by the music artist, for which a royalty fee must be paid to performance rights organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.

Thus, if you are playing a music mix from your iPod or computer, you are probably breaking the law. To play music legally, you can either contract directly with each of the licensing organizations, or, as is more common in practice, purchase a commercial music service that manages the royalty payments as part of a monthly subscription fee. Subscribing with a commercial background music service is always less expensive than contracting directly with the licensing agencies.

Our licensed music for business subscriptions include all of the licensing and music in a single monthly fee. In addition to having the music playlists managed and kept current by professional music directors, but you’ll always know your music legal to play in your business.

The licensing agencies take music for business use seriously. If you have questions about whether your business music is properly licensed, call our team of background music services professionals at 800-684-7050.

About the Author
Dr. Ryan Santangelo is Co-Founder and President of Dynamic Media, the nation’s leading provider of background music, music on hold, and message on hold for business. With over 10 years of leadership in the business music space, Dynamic Media serves over 20,000 business clients across the United States and in 12 countries around the world. With award-winning service and a customer-drive culture, Dynamic Media is one of the fastest growing full-service providers for office music licensing subscriptions in the country.

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Dynamic Media Launches Dealer Affiliate Signups at CEDIA

Dynamic Media invites commercial AV Integrators, contractors, and consultants to visit booth 4425 at CEDIA to join the as part of the dealer program to earn recurring monthly commission on SiriusXM Music for Business products and services.

Dynamic Media, an authorized reseller of SiriusXM Music for Business, is extending an exclusive invitation to all pro A/V integrators, contractors, consultants, Sirius dealers and sales professionals to join their dealer program and earn recurring commission on products like SiriusXM Music for Business. Businesses interested in earning monthly commissions on SiriusXM Streaming Music for Business products can sign on as an Authorized Dealer or Lead Referral Affiliate at the Dynamic Media booth at CEDIA 2013. Dynamic Media representatives will be on hand to answer questions and on-board dealers during the CEDIA show hours at booth 4255.

SiriusXM Music for Business is one of the widest and most diverse background offerings available in the industry today. Available in both satellite-delivered and internet music streaming options, the SiriusXM Internet Music for Business package provides business owners with over 80 channels of music content that spans over a dozen genres. The SiriusXM background music is streamed directly to a subscribing business over the internet or by satellite and plays through a SiriusXM Music for Business player. The music systems include business-friendly features that include channel blocking, wireless control, and easy self-installation.

“SiriusXM music for business is one of the hottest products and gets rave reviews from our network of dealers around the world,” says Dr. Ryan Santangelo, President of Dynamic Media. “SiriusXM gives our dealers another great product to help deepen the relationship with their customers. They also love the monthly recurring income stream they get from selling the product.”

The SiriusXM music service provides over 80 channels to choose from and includes public performance licensing (ASCAP, SESAC & BMI) for most types of business starting at only $29.99 per month. Businesses interested in joining the Dynamic Media dealer program are encouraged to apply online at www.dynamicmediamusic.com or to contact Dynamic Media Sirius consultants at 800-684-7050.
About Dynamic Media

Dynamic Media is one of the largest and fastest-growing business music providers in the country. Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Dynamic Media provides background music for business, DirecTV for business, customized on-hold and in-store messaging services and custom music players. Dynamic Media offers turnkey business music solutions that include sales, service, and post-installation support for thousands of subscribers in the U.S. and around the world. Dynamic Media employs a network of partner technicians that reach every zip code in the United States. The company was co-founded by Dr. Ryan Santangelo and his brother Pete Santangelo over ten years ago. Find out more at www.dynamicmediamusic.com.

The 411 for Message On Hold

Your phone is important to your business. Your current and potential customers call you for lots of different reasons. What if you could give 70% of these callers information on your business, current specials, or ask them to connect with you in the social media sphere every time they called?

Well you can! It’s called Message On Hold and our holding messages are inexpensive. A four-minute business phone message production runs $149. The recorded holding message service is only $9.99 per month.

Check out these important on-hold statistics …

  • 70% of callers that call your business will be put on hold for some period of time.
  • Nationwide, 7 out of 10 callers are placed on hold for an average of 30 seconds.
  • 90% of callers will hang up within 40 seconds in the absence of an message on hold.
  • When a message on hold system exists, callers will stay on the line for up to 3 minutes.
  • 94% of marketing budgets are spent to get the customer to call in. Only 6% to handle the call once it’s received.
  • 15% to 20% of callers make purchases based on information they hear while on hold.

Listen to our current holding system message here!

Contact Dynamic Media at 1-800-684-7050 to get this important marketing tool working in your business and for other commercial audio systems. This recorded message service is easy, inexpensive, and pays for itself each and every month.

Dynamic Media Launches SiriusXM Internet Music for Business

Dynamic Media launches the SiriusXM Internet for Business service featuring over 80 channels of licensed business-safe music for $29.99 per month.

Dynamic Media (www.DynamicMediaMusic.com), a leading national provider of business background music services, DirecTV for business, on-hold messaging, and in-store messaging, is launching the new SiriusXM Internet Music for Business offering. The new SiriusXM Internet radio services provide businesses with an internet-delivered background music package that features over 80 channels of programming. The SiriusXM Internet Music for Business package is available for most U.S. business for $29.99 per month and can be purchased by contacting Dynamic Media at 1-800-684-7050 or through their website at www.DynamicMediaMusic.com.

The SiriusXM Internet Music for Business package provides business owners with the widest selection of programming available with SiriusXM content that that spans over a dozen music genres. The SiriusXM background music is streamed directly to a subscribing business over the internet and plays through a SiriusXM Internet for Business player. The custom music player features business-friendly features that include channel blocking, wireless control, and easy self-installation.

“SiriusXM is one of the world’s most recognized brands and we are thrilled that the great music enjoyed by over 25 million SiriusXM subscribers is now available to businesses in an affordable internet-delivered package,” says Dr. Ryan Santangelo, President of Dynamic Media. “The SiriusXM Internet Music for Business service will help business reduce their operating costs while providing managers with more music options that can be used to support their business environment, entertain their customers, and motivate their employees. It’s a game changer in the background music industry.”

The SiriusXM Internet for Business player retails for $199.99. The Sirius internet radio services provide over 80 channels to choose from, along with public performance licensing (ASCAP, SESAC & BMI) for most types of business for $29.99 per month. SiriusXM Internet Music for Business can be purchased with same-day shipping at www.DynamicMediaMusic.com or by calling Dynamic Media at 800-684-7050.

About Dynamic Media

Dynamic Media is a SiriusXM National Premier Partner and one of the nation’s fastest-growing business music providers in the country. Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Dynamic Media provides background streaming music for business, DirecTV for business, customized on-hold and in-store messaging services and commercial background music systems. Dynamic Media offers turnkey solutions that include sales, service, and post-installation support for thousands of subscribers in the U.S. and around the world. Dynamic Media employs a network of partner technicians that reach every zip code in the United States. The company was co-founded by Dr. Ryan Santangelo and his brother Pete Santangelo over ten years ago. Find out more about streaming radio at www.DynamicMediaMusic.com.