Why Is My Shoutcast Server Private?

Why Is My Shoutcast Server Private? Was a question asked recently by someone on the Shoutcast forums.

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The user then goes on to say he is using the free shoutcast service “Listen2MyRadio”

That’s exactly where his problem lies.

Listen2MyRadio don’t allow shoutcast servers to be public, Even if you have set your encoder to public.

It’s another huge drawback with a free shoutcast service as you have to get your listeners to tune in via a webpage on their domain.

You could ask their technical support dept if they will make your server public but the answer will always be NO.

It’s not even as if the free service on @listen2myradio is any good in the first place It always buffered when I tried the service about 10 years ago.

I don’t think it will have improved any since.

“The only way you will get your shoutcast server listed publicly on the shoutcast YP is by paying a host $$$ for a server with listener slots.

Also steer clear of Shoutcast/Icecast hosts that claim to offer “Unlimited” listeners… There NO such thing as “Unlimited” every server maxes out bandwidth eventually.

Last updated on: September 12th, 2016
at 13:59 PM Europe/London

Promises Promises Spacial Audio

Promises Promises Spacial Audio.

I’ve been made aware of some of the contents of Spacial Audio’s latest newsletter.

This year they promise the earth yet again & they also promise to work hard. (We will believe that when we see it!)

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They are also promising SAM Broadcaster for the MAC this year.

What could possibly go wrong with that?

it would be nice if for once Spacial actually concentrated on making SAM Broadcaster work properly on Windows before they start off with promises of a version for the Mac.

Of course we have heard this all before!

“They make promises in January and by the time December rolls around they haven’t achieved a great deal. While still raking in the cash from the yearly subscriptions”

In 2013 they promised a third deck which never materialised and then most of 2014 was spent concentrating on SAM Vibe (Now rebranded SAM Broadcaster Cloud) which most users don’t want to use.

If you’re fed up with Spacial and their constant broken promises vote with your wallets and DON’T subscribe to SAM Broadcaster 2015.

Switch to Radio DJ free radio automation software instead.

RadioDJ doesn’t require keys or subscriptions and is better programmed than SAM Broadcaster.

Your wallet will thank you in the long run when you’re not paying out $$$ every year, plus you won’t have to put up with Spacial and their PR bullshit!

Last updated on: October 24th, 2016
at 11:15 AM Europe/London

Sam Broadcaster Unable To Send Data Fast Enough

Anyone who has ever encountered this problem with SAM Broadcaster knows how frustrating it can be when this error message appears in encoders window.

“Unable to send data fast enough Encoding paused until buffer clears”


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When the encoders in SAM Broadcaster say “Unable to send data fast enough” It is NOT your internet connection or your computer at fault.

It’s a major flaw in the SAM Broadcaster encoders which has never been addressed.

If you do a search for the subject on the Spacial Audio forums.

The results extend to 28 pages with users being told that it’s a problem with their connection.

When it’s actually the SAM Broadcaster encoders at fault.

SAM Broadcaster Unable to send data fast enough

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We’ve spent long enough testing other standalone encoding software options & they all worked as they should for days and weeks without buffering.

There is an easy solution to this problem.

1) Uninstall Sam Broadcaster from your PC.
2) Download RadioDJ & unzip the RadioDJ folder onto the root of the C:\ drive outside the programs folder.

3) Install RadioDJ as per These Instructions
4) Then you can install either a standalone encoder or you can install the RadioDJ Streaming Plugin

Hopefully you should have no more buffering issues with your stream.

If you do it might be worth having a word with your ISP support department to smooth out any connection problems with your upload speeds.

Also in the unlikely event of you running into any issues then there’s help available on the RadioDJ Community Forum

If you search the RadioDJ forums you might just find your question has been answered before.

No one should have to put up with the encoders in software buffering on them!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:16 PM Europe/London

Promises As Broken As Their Product!

Promises as broken as their product!

So 2014 has been & gone & Spacial Audio only released 7 versions of SAM Broadcaster in 2014.

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It would appear to all intents and purposes that Spacial are still not listening to their customer base and still not fixing bugs or including new features in SAM Broadcaster 2014 It’s been all about SAM Vibe and SAM Broadcaster Live DJ.

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I gather most users of SAM Broadcaster don’t seem to want the integration of SAM Vibe. (Now: SAM Broadcaster Cloud)

It seems it’s the same old story when it comes to Spacial Audio and SAM Broadcaster.

In 2013 they sent out emails promising the introduction of a 3rd deck in the program in 2014.

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As you can see from the above screenshot it appears the 3rd deck never materialised in the 2014 versions of SAM.

Yet again another broken promise!

Our advice as always is vote with your wallets and don’t buy anything from Spacial.

Switch to the better and free RadioDJ instead and you will be a lot happier in the long run.

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Forget Spacial Audio LLC and their products they seem to have lost all interest in actually releasing software that works.

“It seems Spacial’s promises are as broken as their product”

Last updated on: March 27th, 2017
at 00:10 AM Europe/London

Sam Broadcaster Unable To Queue A Song After 20 Tries

If you’re a user of SAM Broadcaster there is no doubt you will have seen an error message like this at some point.

“SAM Broadcaster Unable to Queue a song after 20 tries”

SAM Broadcaster Unable to Queue a song after 20 tries

This happened just after installing and configuring SAM Broadcaster 2014.7

A fresh import of songs fresh clockwheel the works. SAM Broadcaster just wouldn’t put any songs in the queue.

4 days worth of music

As you can see from the screenshot I had over 4 days worth of music in the category in SAM Broadcaster for a clockwheel rotation to pick from.

It’s yet more evidence of a problem within SAM Broadcaster called “A clockwheel failure”

“A clockwheel failure happens when SAM Broadcaster won’t pick songs from categories even if those categories have enough songs/artists/tracks in them”

If SAM Broadcaster has failed on you like this then may we suggest you switch to Radio DJ free radio automation software.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

We’ve never had this happen with RadioDJ free radio automation software.

It doesn’t seem to matter what rotations I program in RadioDJ the songs load into the playlist as they should.

We’ve been using RadioDJ since 2011 and don’t have anywhere near the same amount of stress we had when using SAM Broadcaster.

Stop paying Spacial Audio for SAM Broadcaster! They aren’t interested in smoothing out bugs like the clockwheel failure in SAM Broadcaster.

Spacial only seem to care about how much $$$ they make for their parent companies rather than actually fix bugs in the program.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 15:57 PM Europe/London

Budding Radio Dj

Q: Are you a Budding Radio DJ?

Starting doing Internet radio as a hobby can be daunting at first but when you get used to streaming it can be a great hobby to have.

If you’re a Budding Radio DJ and are looking to get started then may I suggest a few pieces of software to use that won’t cost you a penny.

In order to start streaming on the internet you will need the following…

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Last updated on: March 27th, 2017
at 05:21 AM Europe/London

Oh I’m Sorry Did I Block You?

OH I’m sorry did I block you?

A while back on Facebook I was being asked by a few people why I had blocked someone from my past from contacting me via Facebook.

I really shouldn’t have to answer a question like that in the first place.

If you were blocked by me on Facebook then you can be rest assured that at some point in life you have done something to royally piss me off.

I’ve mainly blocked people who were just playing mind games and others who were just downright annoying or even openly racist.

It’s within my rights to do what ever I want on Facebook without having people from my past giving me grief!

So no appology is ever going to be forthcoming.

I simply couldn’t give a shit what your doing with your life!

“Life happens….. and you lose people along the way!”

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:59 PM Europe/London

Sam Broadcaster Terrestrial Licence.

Have you ever read through the EULA (End user licence agreement) when it comes to SAM Broadcaster?


(Most people haven’t)

We can’t help but notice how Spacial make it difficult to use their software. You’d be pretty amazed at the restrictions Spacial Audio do actually place on the their software.

Especially with a normal copy of SAM Broadcaster Pro ($299).

(Section 2e) The software may not be used to transport and stream any terrestrial radio broadcasts and/or communication.

Q: If SAM Broadcaster Pro cannot be used for terrestrial purposes… Why does it have built in FM broadcasting capabilities via a PCI card?

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If you want to use SAM Broadcaster to broadcast over terrestrial AM/FM signals.

Spacial Audio will ask you to hand over $699 for the Studio edition of the program.

That is a lot of money for a radio station owner to part with & there is no way on earth that SAM Broadcaster is worth that much money.

Mind terrestrial stations tend to use software that costs thousands not some overpriced hobby software.

Even as a normal user It would appear you can’t do much with a copy SAM Broadcaster Pro.

God forbid you should want to run more than 2 online stations at a time. Spacial Audio don’t like you doing that either!

“You are only licensed to stream one station per SAM Broadcaster Pro licence”

There is a simple FREE solution to this. Use RadioDJ radio automation software instead.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

RadioDJ has fewer restrictions and is FREE for use by any radio station or DJ anywhere in the world.

“You can run RadioDJ where you want, when you want & run as many instances of the program that you require. Without having to stump up any $$$ whatsoever!”

Think about it!

Why bother shelling out $$$ for software that isn’t always guaranteed to work and could cause you all sorts of legal nightmares if you use it for something other than what it states in the EULA (End User Licence agreement)?

Just more reasons why Spacial Audio software sucks IMHO!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:59 PM Europe/London

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