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.
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.
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.
Reading a topic on the Spacial forums from a user who’s having those dreaded “Buffering” issues with the encoders in SAM Broadcaster.
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.
“It’s a long standing BUG in badly coded software”
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
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”
Spacial charge $299-$699 for SAM Broadcaster. The program was originally made up from freely available Winamp plugins.
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!
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!
“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!)
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.
Save yourself the cash and the headaches by using Radio DJ FREE radio automation software.