SAM Bashing

Yet again I’ve been given a barrage of abuse by some idiot, The person had a go at me about the posts on this website about SAM Broadcaster.

I also had to ban the same person from my Facebook page for the same reason.

Get a grip! I’m not bashing SAM Broadcaster. I’m letting people know just how truly terrible SAM Broadcaster is as a product.

It’s not just me who seems to have a problem with Spacial Audio either.

I keep seeing complaint after complaint on social media from lots & lots of very unhappy SAM Broadcaster users. These are just some of the many posts.

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It’s not just us who think SAM Broadcaster isn’t worth the money Spacial Audio ask for the program.

So pack in having a go at me just because you think I’m bashing SAM Broadcaster and Spacial Audio.

Not a week goes by without someone mentioning they’ve switched software because they are unhappy with the direction Spacial Audio seem to be heading.

SAM Bashing? Nope! It’s just a valid point of view about a piece of badly coded software.

Which last time I looked I was entitled to.

P.S: If you don’t like what is written on this website. DON’T READ IT! No one is forcing you.

SAM Broadcaster PHP Security issues

SAM Broadcaster PHP Security issues:

Just had this brought to my attention on Twitter.

No I’m not bashing SAM again I’m telling people the facts.

Please Note: The report about the SAM Broadcaster PHP Security issues was NOT compiled by me.

The report was written by the guys on this Website

So you can stop accusing me of lying about the SAM Broadcaster PHP Security issues when the facts are there in black and white.

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The Full report can be downloaded Here in .pdf format.

So now we know just how bad the security holes within SAM Broadcaster and it’s website templates are. I’ve written about the request system having a flaw in it before.

This could also explain why it randomly crashes and corrupts the database.

Spacial are probably aware of these security issues but not actually doing anything to fix them.

Mind then again SAM Broadcaster is written in Borland/Embarcadero Delphi so what do you expect? Of course there are going to be security holes if that’s how badly programmed it is.

This is yet another reason to stop buying software from Spacial Audio.

Save your cash and switch to Radio DJ instead the website templates for RadioDJ are better written.

Stop buying SAM Broadcaster you are only putting your computer or web server at risk.

Shoutcast Ad supported Streams

Just read an article on Broadcasting World.

Radionomy have now launched Shoutcast Ad supported streams.

Which means an advert will play over your stream 2 times per hour.

This is if you are signed up totheir SHOUTcast Streaming Service.

I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not?

I just wonder how many listeners this is going to put off listening to a stream though Shoutcast?

I doubt this will do much for a lot of users other than annoy the people wanting to listen to music.

I feel that if people wanted adverts on a radio station then they would be listening to a station on the FM Dial or DAB not online!

One huge question remains:

Now Radionomy are sticking adverts into peoples streams does that mean Radionomy are paying for the royalties for that stations stream as well?

If the answer to that is yes then it would be a good idea.

If not then it’s a NO from me.

Sam Broadcaster 2014.3 requires MSXML 4.0.

I read on the Spacial forums that a user has noticed this major issue with SAM Broadcaster 2014.

Quote: “Sam Broadcaster 2014.3 requires MSXML 4.0.”

MSXML 4.0 is no longer supported by Microsoft. Even firms like Secunia PSI warn against using MSXML 4.0.

So here we go again! When are the development team at Spacial going to stop using outdated programming methods within SAM Broadcaster? Especially when they charge so much for the program.

Mind the main chunk of SAM Broadcaster 2014 is still written in Borland/Embarcadero Delphi.

Most users of Spacial Audio products need to vote with their wallets and use something else instead.

Like Radio DJ which is well programed unlike SAM Broadcaster 2014.3.

RadioDJ requires .NET to work and works rather well once you get used to what the program can do.

It’s probably also worth noting that Radio DJ was recently rewritten from scratch to take advantage of the latest bass.net files.

My advice as per is switch to Radio DJ Free Automation Software Instead and stop buying badly programmed software from Spacial Audio.

Pay for PAL scripts? (SAM Broadcaster)

Pay for PAL scripts?

This is another website that popped up on my radar recently called “PalScripts” offering paid for PAL (Playlist Automation Language) scripts and an SQL repair service for SAM Broadcaster.

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What’s wrong with that I hear you ask?

The problem is they are asking people to pay $$$ for PAL scripts that were once FREELY available from the Spacial Audio forums.

They also offer to fix common SAM Broadcaster problems starting at $30 an hour. Which we seem to think is a bit expensive.

Especially when SAM Broadcaster is so unstable and badly coded.

It’s worth pointing out here that SAM Broadcaster is prone to crashing without warning and more so if a PAL script isn’t written properly.

A badly written PAL script can cause lots of memory leaks and also cause SAM Broadcaster to crash and burn…

Make the switch to RadioDJ FREE Radio Automation software.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

RadioDJ doesn’t require any overpriced PAL scripts in order for the program to function.

The newer versions of RadioDJ have a feature called “Track(s) from SQL query”

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Which seem a lot less complicated than learning how to get PAL scripts to work correctly.

“Money for old rope springs to mind with paid for PAL scripts”

Changing the Default SQL port RadioDJ

Changing the Default SQL port RadioDJ:

When it comes to a SQL server running along side RadioDJ some users have found that their webhosts won’t allow connections to the default SQL port 3306.

If you need a specific port open for this to work it’s probably a wise idea to email your website host support department asking if it’s OK to use a non standard port for use with SQL. Otherwise you may get into trouble with them.

If your webhost doesn’t allow mysql connections on a standard 3306 port then you need to get creative by changing the default SQL port in the SQL server.

It’s not as scary as it sounds. Honestly it shouldn’t take too much to sort it.

1) Backup your RadioDJ database using the database setup tool.

2) Uninstall the copy of MySQL that is on your PC. Making sure you have Removed MySQL as a service.

3) Download the Maria DB MSI installer for your version of Windows Here

4) Install Maria DB when you get to this window.

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Change the TCP port number to the one you want to use.

You will also need to make sure the port you want to use is open on your broadband router as well as your website hosts firewall.

5) Click next to install MariaDB with this port. Also make sure you enable “Root access from remote machines”.

Open “task Manager” and see if mysql is running as a service (mysqld.exe) if that’s running then you’ve done it right.

6) If you then open the databasesetup.exe within RadioDJ and enter your server details for the server like this.

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The most important bit is to have the server IP like this 127.0.0.1:3307

3307 is just an example of a non standard port. This should be the port number you chose when setting Maria DB up.

7) Click on Validate and if you’ve got the SQL connection details correct you should see your SQL server online like the above picture.

8) While still in database setup make sure you restore the RadioDJ backup that you made at the beginning of the tutorial.

9) Start RadioDJ and check everything is restored.

Now we move onto changing the details in the configuration files of the RadioDJ Demo script

You need to edit the serv_inc.php file to look like this.

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Where its says YourIP you need to put in your External IP address.

Next to that you need the port number so it would look something like this: 145.238.23.54:3307

Then just enter the rest of the connection details and if all goes to plan the demo web script should be working on your website.

If your website host still won’t allow you to have certain ports open for requests. Then it’s time to find a website host who does or rent your own VPS.

Important: You change ports at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for anything that goes wrong while configuring things.

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I’ve found myself yet again having to defend myself and this blog on social media.

I’m fed up with people trying to tell me what I can and cannot write on my Blog and Facebook pages.

It’s simple if you don’t like what I write on this website or what I write on Facebook then it’s pretty simple.

F**K off and read someone else’s blog or even start your own!

I’ve wasted far too much time fighting with “Trolls” this past 2/3 years and quite frankly it’s getting boring!

If you feel the need to try and tell me what to write or think then you will quickly get on the wrong side of me.

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Any wonder I’ve now quit the world on internet radio?

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