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: Windows 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 (Which are prone to buffering)
Supported Databases: MySQL/Firebird/PostgreSQL/MS SQL
Stability: Very poor reliability. (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 if you want advanced automation.
Support: After you buy the product there is very poor customer service
Restrictions: You can only run 1 radio station per SAM Broadcaster licence & with certain versions of SAM you can only stream to one service.

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

RadioDJ

Requires Online Activation: No
Requires Registration Keys: No
Supported OS: Windows 7/8/10 (Works brilliantly on Windows 10)
Supported File Types: mp3/wma/ogg/flac/m4a/wav/ac3 (other formats can be added by using BASS add-ons from un4seen.com)
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 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
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While we’re at it: 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 an incredibly reliable & stable program!

365+ days has been the up-time for one RadioDJ user.

In the 6+ years we’ve used the software RadioDJ has been really reliable & stable. It has NEVER let us down & it’s never crashed during a live show.

When there has been an “issue” 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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