Non-profit internet radio station?

Do you run a community radio station online without looking to make money from it? Are you a not for profit or community led Internet radio station?

Community / not for profit radio stations:

  • Community radio stations are a type of station which does not have any adverts,
  • Is funded by investors,
  • Is run by volunteers,
  • Is influenced, owned by and operated in the community they serve

We believe that radio automation software shouldn't have to cost you the earth.

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Vigilante Stream Monitoring Group?

With everything that’s gone on this past few weeks in regards to the new Licence fee rate hikes.

It’s no surprise that some online stations have decided to go off air because of the costs involved.

I’ve just had this brought to my attention on a broadcasting forum.

There is a group of ex US broadcasters that were forced off the air because of the hike in royalty rates, and these people have decided to form a vigilante stream monitoring group.

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I wish there was an alternative to SAM Broadcaster

Just seen someone post this statement on the SAM Broadcaster Cloud Facebook page.

“I genuinely wish there was an alternative to SAM Broadcaster on the market”

 
He can’t have searched the Internet or Google that hard… Otherwise he would have known that there is a 100% FREE alternative that works better than SAM Broadcaster.

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The future of streaming: Only for the rich?

I’ve been reading a few articles this past few weeks to do with Internet radio royalty fees going up for stations on the Internet.

>> This being one of them < <

Some station owners are paying as little as $23.50 a month to licence their streams at the moment and it’s those broadcasters who are going to be affected by any rise in royalty payments.

Under the WSA which expires this year the SoundExchange portion of royalties would be around $60-$90 a month.

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Winamp and Shoutcast Now Owned by Vivendi

I saw a post on the Winamp/Shoutcast forums this morning. It would appear Winamp and Shoutcast are now partly owned by a company called Vivendi.

“Winamp is back… in the hands of a major corporation: Vivendi has acquired a 64.4 percent stake in Radionomy, the European online radio services company that owns Winamp and Shoutcast as well as the online radio ad marketplace Targetspot.

 
Vivendi owns the likes of Universal Music Group, Canal+ and Dailymotion.

You can read more about this story at the following links.

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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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Stop Blaming Peoples Internet Connection

Reading a topic on the Spacial forums from a user who’s having those dreaded “Buffering” issues with the encoders in SAM Broadcaster.

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The SVS volunteers on the Spacial forums are trying yet again to blame the problem on the user’s connection.

It’s NOT the user’s broadband connection, ISP or even shoutcast/icecast server at fault, It’s the encoders in SAM Broadcaster being poorly coded. The user has already explained that their Internet connection is working as it should…

The SAM Broadcaster encoders have failed on us several times on several different computers with different ISP providers, They even buffered while streaming to a local shoutcast server on the same PC. So it’s not someones connection at fault.

Even the old winamp DSP plugin encoders would suffer from the same problem.

DSP encoders

“It’s a long standing BUG in badly coded software”

 

SAM Broadcaster encoders disconnection

I’ve written before about the encoders in SAM Broadcaster buffering.

It’s nothing new there are still over 28 pages of posts on the subject on the SAM Broadcaster forums.

All of those users being told it’s their computer or Internet connection at fault when in reality it’s the software itself.

This is not an issue we’ve ran into using other encoding software. We never had a problem with buffering when we used other software to encode with.

We last used the Streaming plugin for RadioDJ to do a test with and it held up for well over 10 days without any errors or buffering.

We only had to restart the PC because of Windows 10 updates.

The encoders buffering in SAM Broadcaster is a BUG that has never been fixed and has been in the program since the days of version v2.7.7

We really do wish Spacial SVS support on the forums would stop blaming peoples connections when the encoders buffer in SAM Broadcaster.

Reasons not to use SAM Broadcaster

Reasons why you shouldn't use SAM Broadcaster

We can think of quite a few reasons you might want to choose an alternative to SAM Broadcaster, but here’s a collection we’ve put together.

Lousy Customer Support

When you pay $$$ for software you would expect help and support if something went wrong.

When SAM Broadcaster goes wrong (and it will) don’t expect to get much help from Spacial support.

@spacial. The worst tech support you will ever receive. An entire day went by, downgraded my urgency and now nothing is working. Thanks.

 

AnimeAMAZE (@animeamaze) March 9, 2015

@spacial I have had an URGENT technical support ticket open since Monday (Request #76899) with little to no help accept acknowledge receipt

 

Shawn Quinn (@RealShawnQuinn) October 7, 2015

The Spacial support department sends users the same old canned replies without actually helping anyone. Even the forums and social media accounts are staffed by people who don’t really care. The biggest complaint we see is from users having activation issues with their software and Spacial support not answering users tickets.

They promised to sort the customer service out in 2013 & as far as we can see it still hasn’t happened.

The support department is supposed to be open 4 am to 4 pm CST (UTC-5), but they seem to work when they feel like it!

Quality and stability of the code

SAM Broadcaster is prone to crashing or freezing for no reason whatsoever

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SAM Broadcaster has always had very poor stability and reliability we had nothing but headaches while trying use SAM.

Not a week goes by without us seeing someone somewhere on social media complaining about major issues with SAM.

There have also been reports of people missing their regular radio shows because the program wouldn’t co-operate.

“Things like that should never happen with radio automation software”

The price

Spacial charge $299-$699 for SAM Broadcaster. The program was originally made up from freely available Winamp plugins.

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SAM required Winamp as a backend player in version 1.3 & Since version 2 it’s been priced at $299 the latest studio versions of SAM Broadcaster 2015 can cost up to $699

The price hike between Pro and Studio versions just means terrestrial (FM) stations can now use their software, where as before it was restricted to just Internet radio.

Although we guess most terrestrial radio stations probably use software that costs thousands of $$$, NOT some overpriced badly designed college project that’s never worked for it was designed for.

We really can’t see where the “value” is in the program it’s just NOT worth the money Spacial Audio ask for it.

The database structure

SAM Broadcaster seems to have a very badly written database structure which will also crash without warning if you don’t meticulously look after it. A database shouldn’t require more than backing up and a little light housekeeping.

When we first used the software we found we were having to rebuild the database every few days/weeks it became tiresome. Nothing much appears to have changed.

Coding a website for SAM Broadcaster was a nightmare, It needn’t be difficult, It just is!

The encoders

We’ve yet to see the encoders within SAM Broadcaster stream properly. The encoders are prone to buffering even if you have a reliable connection.

They even buffered with a local shoutcast server on a home network, that’s how poorly coded they are!

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“Unable to send data fast enough Encoding paused till buffer clears…”

We have yet to encounter buffering issues like this with other free encoding software.

PAL (Playlist Automation Language) scripts

Besides PAL scripts being difficult to program, PAL scripts are well known for crashing SAM Broadcaster due to the amount of memory leaks they cause (Especially if they’re written incorrectly!)

Racing audio

This a known issue with SAM Broadcaster that speeds up the file that is currently playing. It’s a known bug from at least 13 years ago that has never been addressed.

Windows 10 compatibility

Certain versions of the 4.x.x series of SAM Broadcaster will not work on Windows 10.

Note: Spacial Audio force users to hand over $119 just so they can have a working copy of SAM Broadcaster on Windows 10, That is on top of the $299 the user originally paid for the software.

The fact SAM Broadcaster 4.x.x won’t work on Windows 8/10 is down to a change in the way the program requires activation.

It isn’t just us that think SAM Broadcaster isn’t worth the money Spacial ask for it.

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Save yourself the cash and the headaches by using Radio DJ FREE radio automation software.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

(Click on the logo to download RadioDJ or right click and “Save Link As” to download it to your PC)


Radio DJ is a FREE radio automation program that works 100 times better than SAM Broadcaster.

We know of someone running 4 radio stations with 4 copies of RadioDJ free radio automation software with NO issues. Another user has had RadioDJ v1.8.2 running 24/7 for over 12 months on a laptop.

We guess that says everything people need to know about RadioDJ free radio automation software!

RadioDJ is really reliable the only time we have to restart the program is when Windows updates require the computer to be restarted.

In the unlikely event that something goes wrong with RadioDJ there is a great support network on the RadioDJ Community forums.

STOP paying Spacial Audio $$$ for their badly programmed overpriced software you will only end up regretting it!

We wish we’d never paid for the software in the first place.

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