SAM Broadcaster vs RadioDJ which piece of software wins?

SAM Broadcaster vs RadioDJ

Someone asked me to do a comparison between the 2 pieces of software a while back.

SAM Broadcaster Pro/Studio (Streaming Audio Manager) Price: $299/$699

SAM Broadcaster

Requires Online Activation: Yes
Requires Registration Keys: Yes
Supported OS: XP/Vista/7/8/10 (Older 4.x.x versions won’t work on Windows 8/10)
Supported File types: mp3/wma/ogg/flac/m4a/aac/wav
Streaming: Built in encoders
Supported Databases: MySQL/Firebird/PostgreSQL/MS SQL
Stability: Very poor reliability with SAM Broadcaster (Users frequently report the program crashes or freezes without warning)
Ease of use: Can be difficult to setup & there are complicated (PAL) scripts to learn.
Support: After you buy the product there is very poor customer service
Restrictions: You can only run 1 online radio station per SAM Broadcaster licence also with certain versions of SAM you can only stream to one service.

RadioDJ (Free Radio Automation Software) Price: $0.00 FREE/Gratis


Requires Online Activation: No
Requires Registration Keys: No
Supported OS: XP/Vista/7/8/10 (Works great on Windows 10)
Supported File Types: mp3/wma/ogg/flac/m4a/wav/ac3 (other formats can be added by using BASS add-ons from
Streaming: Shoutcast/Icecast streaming can be done via a plugin or alternatively you can use a stand alone encoding program.
Supported Databases: MySQL (The database in RadioDJ has been kept simple)
Stability: RadioDJ can run for weeks and sometimes months without requiring a restart.
Ease of Use: Once setup RadioDJ is easy to use, like most software it can take time to get used to what the program does.
Support: If you run into an issue with RadioDJ you can get great support on the Community Forums
Restrictions: NONE! You can use the software where you want when you want.

So there you have it. We’ve compared the 2 pieces of software just as someone asked us to.

We still come to the same conclusion everytime.

“We feel SAM Broadcaster isn’t worth the $299 Spacial Audio charge for the program. We really can’t see where the ‘Value’ is”

Actually did we need to write a blog post to tell people that?

Also despite Spacial Audio’s claims about free radio automation software RadioDJ is 100% FREE (NO hidden fees or catches)

RadioDJ is available for use by any DJ or radio station anywhere in the world, You can run multiple stations/streams from the same PC alongside virtual audio cables if you so desire.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

There have been over 100,000 downloads of RadioDJ v1.8.2.

P.S: Can we just dispel a MYTH about RadioDJ free radio automation software?

“Being free RadioDJ may be buggy and unreliable compared to software which you pay for”

The person who wrote that statement was Wrong! RadioDJ isn’t full of bugs it’s quite a stable & incredibly reliable program!

234 days was the up-time for one RadioDJ user (That’s approx 7.5 months)

RadioDJ has been really reliable & stable in the 5+ years we’ve used the software. It has NEVER let us down & it’s certainly not crashed during a live show.

It’s always been a problem with the PC/Hardware or Windows updates that meant a restart of the program.

Once setup and working RadioDJ will work as an automation program should.

Make the switch to RadioDJ today you’ll be glad you did!

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