RadioDJ Tutorial (Basic)

RadioDJ Tutorial a handy guide to using Radio DJ free automation software.

One of the users over on the RadioDJ forum took time out to do a basic tutorial for the latest version of the software. Many thanks for this Jhonny I’m sure it will help a lot of people.

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A download of the tutorial can be found Here

Just unzip and open the tutorial with a suitable PDF reading program such as Adobe.

Of course this is just a basic guide which covers the basics of RadioDJ.

If you get stuck with something don’t forget the RadioDJ support forum is there to help.

Wot No Proper Web Address?

Recently I’ve seen a rise in links with people offering shoutcast/icecast servers and even links to software all using a .tk web address.

According to Stop forum spam .tk is a well known spammers way of doing things.

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As you can see from the above picture this sounds like yet another fly by night shoutcast host. Who doesn’t appear to have a proper web address instead he’s got a .tk one.

When searching for a shoutcast/icecast host make sure you follow these rules.

1) Make sure the host you intend to use has a proper web address and email address.

2) Read reviews about them on radio websites such as Broadcasting World

3) Look at their uptime any company that claims to have 100% uptime is lying.

(99.9% is acceptable as no host ever has 100% uptime)

4) Don’t be afraid to ask questions before you sign up. Any company worth their salt will get back to you with answers.

At the end of the day you want your station to sound professional and you certainly don’t need a host who’s servers aren’t up to the job.

Remember a fool and his money are easily parted!

I certainly would never entertain any web host or server host using a .tk address to sell their wares. It’s not a proper website address.

Remote Database Issues?

Every now and then I see users having database issues with RadioDJ. Then in the next sentence they then mention they are using a remote MySQL database.

STOP IT!

Trying to run RadioDJ with a remote database is a really bad idea to start with. All you need is the slightest connection problem or packet loss and bang it will freeze the program.

A database running on the same machine is a lot better for performance among other things. If you need to access the SQL 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 I didn’t try and warn you…..

Winamp Goes for A Song!

I have previously written about Radionomy taking over Winamp. Now the news is official Radionomy do now indeed own Winamp and Shoutcast.

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The deal is thought to be worth between $5 million and $10 million, with AOL taking a 12% stake of Radionomy in the process. When you consider AOL initially paid around $80 million for Winamp in the first place. Radionomy seem to have got themselves a bargain with this purchase.

The offical blurb from Radionomy is Here

What does this mean for the future of both Winamp and Shoutcast? I guess we will have to wait and see. If they decide to start sticking adverts into peoples shoutcast streams It will only mean more people using icecast.

Beware Spacial Audio!

Just been for my daily snoop on the Spacial audio forums and yet again it doesn’t make for good reading.

“I had sent an email to Spacial Audio tech support last week to ask about rolling back to version 4.x.x if for some reason I had a problem with v2014.1 and their reply was: “once (sic) you converted to 2014 you cant rollback to version 4.x.x

 
This user has already paid for version 4.x.x and is now being told by Spacial Audio support that he cannot use a version of SAM Broadcaster he paid for in the event of him wanting to switch back.

Not only is this bad customer service it is also “dishonest” IMHO!

I wouldn’t mind so much but this comes just a few weeks after Spacial promised to start giving better support.

Goes to show they haven’t changed.

I’ve just come across this comment on Facebook. This guy doesn’t sound to happy.

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My message as always:

“Beware Spacial Audio! It seems they don’t give a damn about their customer base and only want you for the $$$ you part with. They have a nasty habit of telling LIES just to sell their shoddy software. Do NOT buy software from Spacial Audio you will regret it”

 
Instead why not use something like RadioDJ free radio automation software.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download
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It’s FREE between updates doesn’t require keys or activations in order to work the program.

We’ve used RadioDJ for over 5 years now and couldn’t be happier with the stability and reliability of the software.

Something else that cannot be said for SAM Broadcaster.

You won’t regret it and you’ll have money to spend on other studio essentials.

PC Problems?

I quite often see posts from people on forums saying that their PC constantly crashes or is slow and sluggish. There are several easy solutions to stop this from happening.

If your PC is slow and not working as well as it should then I highly recommend that you try CCleaner from Piriform.

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1) Install CCleaner and confgure it to clean out temp files.

2) Run CCleaner to clean out your temp and junk files.

3) Run a registry scan (This may take a while on first run) when prompted click on “Fix All Issues” and allow CCleaner to fix them for you.

4) Reboot your PC you should notice a huge difference in performance.

It’s probably also worth mentioning that using Anti Virus software can also help improve the performance of your PC. I highly recommend Avast as an Anti-Virus solution for your computer.

Another tip for better PC performance is do NOT allow applications to install toolbars on your browsers, Most of them are riddled with spyware.

Make sure you run CCleaner at least once a week so you don’t have junk files slowing everything down.

You’ll be thankful in the long run!

 

The New Owner Of Winamp Is…

Thanks to someone being vigilant on the winamp forums we now know the fate of the program. The name servers on winamp have been changed from AOL.com

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As you can see from the above picture the name servers have changed from aol.com to Radionomy’s name servers.

What does this mean for winamp? At this stage we don’t know all we know is the name servers have changed.

We have done a check on the name servers with a whois search and it is definitely correct.

Shoutcast.com still points to AOL so we don’t know if this is yet part of the deal or not.

I guess we shall expect an official announcement at some point this week.

Port 3306 Blocking Stop it!

So a user comes onto the RadioDJ forums saying he is having issues working the WordPress plugin. Then goes onto to say his webhost is HostGator.

That is unfortunately where his problem lies. Hostgator don’t allow connections on port 3306 (SQL).

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I know of several other companies that actively block ports 3306. Why are these hosts blocking access via these ports.

What are they so afraid of?

Users pay for a service and can’t have much useful content if these ports aren’t open.

Go Daddy are citing “Security Issues” as to why they don’t open port 3306. Strange when other hosting companies are only to happy to let you have access to the SQL port.

My advice is always ask questions before purchasing web space of a provider. Avoid web hosts like HostGator and GoDaddy as they will never open those ports. Even if you ask nicely.

Shop around, Search Google there are webhosts out there who will give you access to the SQL port. So you can have Now playing info and requests on your website.

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