My show has been “tanked” repeatedly

SAMBC2016Screenshot-compressorWhen you pay out hundreds of $$$ for radio automation software or cloud based automation solutions you would expect them to work without issues while doing a live show wouldn’t you?Unfortunately that isn’t the case with SAM Broadcaster…
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Why I Hate SAM Broadcaster!

Q: Why do I dislike SAM Broadcaster?

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A: “I could never get through a radio show without something going wrong with the software. Whether it be the program crashing/freezing or the encoders buffering on me. Nothing ever worked as it should”

 
It got tedious having to constantly reinstall/reconfigure the program. I thought at first it was a problem confined to my computer, How wrong I was!

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Your SAM Broadcaster Subscription Has Expired?

Over the last couple of years now Spacial audio have gone with a subscription based model for the newer versions of SAM Broadcaster. Nothing wrong with that I hear you say…

“However should your subscription run out part way through the year, You are left stuck with the last version of SAM Broadcaster your subscription was eligible for & you would need to pay out $$$ all over again to upgrade to the latest version”

 
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You’re Cracking Us Up!!

I’ve written a few posts on this blog pertaining to people looking for SAM Broadcaster keys/cracks/keygens etc…

When I wrote them I had no idea that those posts would take on a life of their own.

SAM Broadcaster cracks searches

As far as I’m aware Spacial Audio don’t seem to think there’s a problem with people wanting pirated versions of their badly written software. Although they do put in several DMCA requests to Google every year.

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SAM Broadcaster Mac SQL Problems

SAM Broadcaster for the Mac has now been Scrapped/discontinued by Spacial Audio!

This past few days I’ve seen a few users saying they were having issues when installing SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) edition.

SAM Broadcaster Mac SQL problems

For some unknown reason it appears the crossover version won’t connect to the users MySQL database.

Database installation problems with SAM Broadcaster aren’t just confined to the Mac (Crossover) version.

I had no end of problems trying to get SAM to install the database in the Windows version in the past.

As I said in a previous post…

It appears the SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) version was cobbled together in a rush to get a working release out.

The SAM Broadcaster Mac edition isn’t native Mac software. It’s just the Windows version ported over.

I knew there would be problems when Spacial ported SAM Broadcaster to the Mac.

The Windows version has enough of it’s own issues & bugs to begin with.

Sadly when it comes to the Mac there aren’t that many alternatives when it comes to radio automation software written natively for OS X.

The only other “alternative” I can suggest is installing Windows on Virtualbox on your Mac and have that running a copy of software such as RadioDJ

We realise that’s probably not an ideal solution for most Mac users but we’re afraid its as good as you’re going to get at the moment.

Who knows one day maybe some boffin will come up with a decent “Native” automation software package for the Mac…

Stop paying $$$ for software from Spacial Audio you’re just paying them to lurch from one disaster to another.

SAM Broadcaster Unhandled Exception (not enough Storage)

Just seen this topic on the SAM Broadcaster forums.

“SAM Broadcaster Unhandled Exception (not enough Storage)”

 
It seems a user was getting this error message as he was trying to add large amounts of music into SAM Broadcaster.

Message in Event log. Unhandled Exception (thread Creation Error Not enough storage available to process this command)

 
This SAM Broadcaster user sounds like he only managed to get 58,000 tracks of 88,000+ imported into SAM Broadcaster then the program wouldn’t let him add anymore.

Apparently the guys on StackOverflow say this is a Delphi problem with Heap Size exceeded.

“The storage referred to is NOT the hard disk storage but the available heap memory available to the SAMBC.exe process. It’s not even about any system-wide memory exhaustion, but a process limit. Not sure if there are any other scenarios where this might happen or how SAM Broadcaster looks internally (except that it was written in Delphi) This sounds like a memory leak error and only Spacial Developers could fix that.

 
So it’s just another major bug that has never been addressed within SAM Broadcaster? At least that’s how I read it.

I’ve not heard of anyone having trouble loading large amounts of music into other radio software and it’s database.

The SQL database in SAM Broadcaster has always been dodgy anyway.

It’s not the first time I’ve heard of someone struggling to load a large amount of tracks into the program.

This user could have his library imported with very little hassle if he switched to RadioDJ

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RadioDJ free radio automation software

I’ve never heard of RadioDJ suffering with huge memory leaks while importing music.

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AFIK There are no memory leaks within RadioDJ it’s a pretty reliable piece of software. One user had an uptime of 7.5 months.

It seems yet again SAM Broadcaster just isn’t doing the job it was designed for.

The guy has even tried a computer reboot and still cannot get tracks imported into SAM Broadcaster without the program crashing on him.

“Well I added a few more SAM Froze again (same error) I then rebooted my PC now I cannot do Tools->Maintenance->Verify songs as SAM Freezes part way through with a “stopped responding” message”

 
Why do people still pay Spacial Audio $$$ for badly programmed software that just doesn’t do the job it was designed for?

SAM Broadcaster 2015.1 (Disappointment?)

Got my hands on a copy of SAM Broadcaster 2015.1 this morning despite Spacial trying to obfuscate the download links.

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The changes list reads like this:

v2015.1 (1 June 2015)
* M4A support added.
* Check SAM Broadcaster edition and warn if overwriting a different edition
* Warn/disable when there is no support for WMA

They’ve had well over 6 months to improve and upgrade SAM Broadcaster and the best they can do is just add .m4a support!

(Yes we know they have released a MAC crossover version but we have no way of testing that at present)

The fact they’ve only added 1 new feature isn’t going to down well with customers who have paid $$$ for SAM Broadcaster 2015.

1 user has already taken to the Spacial forums to express his disappointment.

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You’d have thought they would have at least fixed some bugs but alas not!

It’s yet again the same old story with Spacial they don’t care about their user base or the program they are trying to sell.

In the time it’s taken SAM Broadcaster 2015 to come out there have been 6 releases of RadioDJ which has more new features added everytime a release comes out and that’s FREE.

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Stop paying Spacial Audio for SAM Broadcaster you are only paying their development team to be lazy and do NOTHING!

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