RadioDJ Database Backup

You can now automatically backup your RadioDJ database at a specified hour of the day with the database setup tool.

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It’s pretty straight forward to set up.

1) Download RadioDJ
2) Unzip the RadioDJ folder to C:\ outside of the program folder.
3) Open up databasesetup.exe inside the setup folder.
4) Install RadioDJ and install your database as per these Instructions
5) In the second tab set the time and location where you want to backup your database.
6) Minimise to the tray and leave it running.

 
It should automatically backup your database at the hour you set it to backup.

Top Tip: Try making sure you backup your database to an external drive. A small 1GB USB pen drive will do. That way you don’t have to worry about losing your database data in the unlikely event of your database crashing or a power cut.

 

Firebird Database SAM Broadcaster

Firebird Database SAM Broadcaster

SAM Broadcaster comes with four different options of database install.

Firebird – MySQL – PostgreSQL – MSSQL

 
Sam Broadcaster Database options

Of the 4 different database options that come with SAM Broadcaster, Firebird appears to be the most unstable database of the four options.

We often see someone complaining that the Firebird database in SAM Broadcaster has crashed on them.

The Firebird database only allows you to load a maximum of 20,000 songs into SAM Broadcaster. So it’s not great if you have a huge music collection.

The MySQL database in SAM Broadcaster doesn’t fare much better as that’s also prone to crashing or becoming corrupted especially if SAM crashes without warning.

The SQL database in RadioDJ is far more stable and lets you load as many songs as you need.

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RadioDJ Free radio automation download

Plus the MySQL server & database in RadioDJ isn’t that difficult to setup.

The database in RadioDJ seems to be a lot more robust and stable. (It’s over 2 years since we last rebuilt of database from scratch)

You can find a tutorial on how to setup an SQL server here.

The Firebird database that comes with SAM Broadcaster just isn’t fit for purpose. It’s just another reason to stop buying software from Spacial Audio.

Remote Database Issues?

Every now and then I see users having database issues with RadioDJ. Then in the next sentence they then mention they are using a remote MySQL database.

STOP IT!

Trying to run RadioDJ with a remote database is a really bad idea to start with. All you need is the slightest connection problem or packet loss and bang it will freeze the program.

A database running on the same machine is a lot better for performance among other things. If you need to access the SQL database from outside (i.e request page) then all you need to do is make sure that port 3306 is open on your computer firewall and router.

If you do run RadioDJ with a remote database please don’t start kicking and screaming because something isn’t working right.

Don’t say I didn’t try and warn you…..

Game over SAM Broadcaster!

So finally after 2 or so years of waiting RadioDJ now has a working online request system via the new website templates.

Something SAM Broadcaster has had the ability to do since v1.3.

The song at the top of the playlist marked blue is one I just placed in the queue via my website.

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It’s not that difficult to setup the request system. If you allow port forwarding on your router & website or VPS.

Just point the serv_inc.php config file to your IP address and SQL database.

A tutorial for setting up Radio DJ requests can be found Here.

Radio DJ streams to Shoutcast/Icecast via an encoding plugin which can be found on the Altacast website.

You can find the latest version of RadioDJ by clicking on the logo below.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

(If the link isn’t working for you right click and “Save link As”)

What are you waiting for give Radio DJ a spin today you may be pleasantly surprised by how well it works.

Should you have issues setting Radio DJ up help is available on the Community forums.

Now Radio DJ has request capabilities & encoding plugins no one will need to pay for radio automation software ever again.

So technically that’s Game over SAM Broadcaster!!

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