Anti Virus Software & SAM Broadcaster

I occasionally see posts on the Spacial forums telling users not to use Anti Virus Software & SAM Broadcaster together.

Complete bunkum!!

That’s it Spacial leave users without virus protection while they run your software.

What planet do they live on?

There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to use anti-virus software while running a radio automation program.

I urge users of SAM Broadcaster who aren’t running any Anti-virus software to install Avast .
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It won’t hog resources it will just sit back and protect you quietly in the background.

Of course if you have issues running SAM Broadcaster along side anti-virus software then I also recommend you ditch it and start using RadioDJ instead.

Avast and RadioDJ seem to work rather well together.

How To Get Listed on Icecast.

I went for a look on the Icecast forums and found some really useful information on How To Get Listed on Icecast.

I had the stream up and running but it couldn’t get us listed on the Icecast directory.

I’ve written a short Guide to getting listed on Icecast.

First you need to find this line in the configuration file.

<hostname>localhost</hostname>

Where it says “localhost” you need to put either the IP or web address where your Icecast server is running from. Save the .xml file & restart Icecast.

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If all goes to plan you should see “yp_currently_playing” in your Icecast admin which then in turn means you are listed publicly on the Icecast YP.

If that fails you need to make sure your directory listing tags look like this

<directory>
<yp-url-timeout>15</yp-url-timeout>
<yp-url>http://dir.xiph.org/cgi-bin/yp-cgi</yp-url>
</directory>

Also make sure the “public” bit of the code looks like this. <public>1</public>

I hope this helps people! Please feel free to pass this information on!!

Praise Indeed!

I absolutley love the users of the RadioDJ forums, But I love those who have come from using SAM broadcaster even more!

Isn’t it nice when someone says this??

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As you can see from the above picture this user in particular has really nailed it on the head about RadioDJ. A friendly and helpful forum and people willing to help each other isn’t something that can be said for certain other software forums.

If you haven’t made the switch from SAM broadcaster to RadioDJ yet.

What are you waiting for? You’ll be a lot happier in the long run.

SAM Broadcaster 2013

SAM Broadcaster 2013: It would appear peoples patience is fast running out with Spacial Audio.

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I would love to know what software this user has switched to.

We’re nearly at the end of 2013 and there have only been 6 updates of SAM Broadcaster 2013 and most of them have been failures.

It’s still the same old program with the same old bugs.

The only major addition this year was FLAC support.

Spacial want people to pay through the nose for what can only be described as a “Lazy” development team who don’t seem interested in getting SAM Broadcaster to work properly.

The fact they are still using Borland/Embarcadero Delphi to make SAM Broadcaster should be ringing alarm bells with everyone.

That’s why SAM broadcaster has so many bugs.

I urge people to STOP paying Spacial for SAM Broadcaster and switch to RadioDJ instead.

RadioDJ is a far better FREE alternative to SAM Broadcaster.

SAM Broadcaster Multiple Instances

SAM Broadcaster Multiple Instances

I saw a post on the SAM Broadcaster forums from a user saying they couldn’t run more than one instance of SAM Broadcaster.

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It seems the people who code SAM Broadcaster have stopped people from running multiple instances of the program on the same PC.

Even though those users have paid through the nose for the software.

The restrictions don’t end there either.

If you read the EULA (End User Licence agreement) you will soon realise Spacial Audio will only allow you the user to run 1 radio station per copy of SAM.

There is of course a simple and easy solution to this problem.

Switch to the better and free RadioDJ free radio automation software.

You can run as many instances of RadioDJ as you want providing your computer has enough RAM and processing power.

Make sure you give each instance it’s own SQL Database and folder and there should be no issues.

I know of one user of Radio DJ who is running 11 streams with 11 different instances of the program on one computer.

It is really time people woke up to just how bad Spacial Audio and their software limitations are.

Don’t pay for SAM Broadcaster you will regret it!

SAM Cast Fail

Reading through the Spacial forums this post caught my attention.

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Yet again Spacial seem to be releasing software that isn’t fit for purpose.

They forced people into upgrading to the newer version of SAM Cast just so they could run the newer versions of the software on a new OS.

No software company should do that.

Instead they should make sure their software works on all versions of Windows.

Letting the end user decide what operating system they want to use.

If you need a stand alone encoder then don’t bother with SAM Cast.

It doesn’t support title streaming (Unless you have a degree in programming)

Simplecast was the same that never worked properly either that was prone to crashing without warning as well.

RadioDJ comes of age!

This morning the latest full working version of RadioDJ was released. It’s been just over a year since we started beta testing and now we have what is truly a great automation program.

I will get round to doing a page dedicated to RadioDJ and how to use it sometime soon. For now I’m busy just enjoying this latest release of RDJ!

A full FREE download can be found here Here . Just unzip to the C:\ drive outside the program folder. Install the database and import tracks and your away. You will never need to pay Spacial audio for SAM Broadcaster ever again!

Lazy SQL Programming.

I keep seeing posts on the Spacial forums from users having headaches with SAM Broadcaster and MySQL.

This is nothing new I’ve written about the SQL structure in SAM Broadcaster being badly written before.

Users are being told they cannot use MySQL 5.6 and have to use 5.5 instead.

That just screams Lazy SQL programming to me.

The SAM Broadcaster SQL tables haven’t really changed for over 6 years and the database is prone to crashing.

Where as RadioDJ will work with MySQL 5.6 and the tables don’t crash like the SAM Broadcaster ones do.

If you are having SQL headaches with SAM do yourself a favour uninstall SAM and Install RadioDJ free radio automation software instead & you’ll be better off in the long run.

The database tables in RadioDJ rarely seem to crash or need a repair.

We know of users who have had RadioDJ running for 6 months without so much as a hiccup.

People need to wise up to the fact Spacial Audio just take people’s money for their software without actually doing any work to upgrade their SQL tables or the software itself.

My advice as always is Don’t pay Spacial Audio $$$ for software that isn’t up to the job.

You won’t get any support when things go badly wrong with your database.

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