I’ve recently noticed a rise in companies like Spacial Audio, RadioJar and Radionomy offering packages that enable you to run a radio station in the cloud. The question is are they are actually worth paying out for?
I personally think not. Most of the packages I see advertised by the representatives of these companies are very poor value for money. You can rent your own VPS with far more storage space for a fraction of the price they charge.
I know I like to be in full control when I’m streaming my music on a radio station. I want the program at my fingertips, Not away from my PC on a virtual cloud server.
It’s just what the world of Radio does NOT need. Another load of automated stations streaming from a cloud server with no on air talent. You have enough of them already listed on Shoutcast/Icecast.
Last updated on: March 26th, 2017 at 23:33 PM Europe/London
The “Men in suits” have struck again, by men in suits I mean the guys who run radio stations at boardroom level. The main radio company that has this problem seems to be Global who own brands such as Heart, XFM, Smooth and Gold.
You may ask well what have they done wrong?
What they have done wrong is make a complete and utter mess of the radio.
My case in point being Gold. It was perfectly good station to listen to but as from 24th March 2014 I doubt it will be worth listening to.
Several DJ’s have been laid off and it’s just going to be automated most of the time.
That’s not what people want from radio. Most people want to hear a friendly presenter on air not repetitive automated music.
I just wish those “Men In Suits” would stop messing around with the stations they own and just leave the production up those who know best i.e: The on air DJ’s.
I wonder just how much this will impact on their RAJAR figures after the changes as I would imagine a lot of listeners are going to turn elsewhere for music radio.
SAM Broadcaster Request Server Security Flaw! Yes you read the title properly folks. It seems the built in webserver that handles listener requests in SAM broadcaster has a security flaw in it.
SAM broadcaster is already a dodgy enough program without adding stuff like this on top! I saw this post on the SAM broadcaster forums last night….
Yes you are reading that post correctly. “I will need to check on that in SAM, that probably could present a security issue.”
No probably about it about it. When there’s a security hole it leaves a users system open to all sorts of vulnerabilities.
Then just this morning he came back with this.
“Right, but what I am starting to realize is that there is a problem in the way we determine who gets access and the end user’s perspective of how it should work. I am not looking to make this process more difficult. IP Whitelisting is really an insecure way to go about this if we are trusting the local DNS because that could be compromised or misconfigured. I mean it certainly is better than trusting all connections but that is like saying having a door on your house is enough to keep burglars out.
This problem has more than likely been in the program for years. I knew there was something that wasn’t quite right about the way the requests were handled in SAM Broadcaster (Far too complicated to set up for starters) I just knew that it wasn’t as secure as it should have been.
So yet again it just appears the problems are racking up for SAM broadcaster. Think about your server and computers security when choosing software that handles requests and don’t buy SAM broadcaster from Spacial Audio.
It could leave your computer open to attack. Which would be the last thing you would need when running an Internet radio station.
Quick update on this post: 25/07/2014 There have also now been some security issues found within the samPHPweb templates themselves.You can read about that here.
Last updated on: March 26th, 2017 at 23:45 PM Europe/London
Every now and then we see users having database issues with RadioDJ.
Then in the next sentence they then mention they are attempting to use a remote MySQL database. STOP IT!
“Trying to run RadioDJ on remote database is a really bad idea, All you need is the slightest connection problem or packet loss and bang it will freeze/crash the program & believe me that’s the last thing you need when running stream”
A database running on the same machine is a lot better for performance among other things.
If you need to access the database from outside (i.e request page) then all you need to do is make sure that port 3306 is open on your computer firewall and router.
If you do run RadioDJ with a remote database please don’t start kicking and screaming because something isn’t working right.
Don’t say we didn’t try and warn you…
Last updated on: March 31st, 2017 at 12:59 PM Europe/London