A Fool and their money!

By now you are probably aware that I hate a program called SAM Broadcaster made by Spacial Audio.

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Let me explain a little as to why I hate it so much:

I discovered Internet radio back inĀ 1999/2000 time when I first started using the Internet. Although It was 2002 before I got chance to actually DJ on the Internet.

One of the stations I listened to was advertising for DJ’s so I signed up & ended up with regular weekly radio show.

I had to use SAM Broadcaster 2.7.9 (Streaming Audio Manager) to do my shows with.

Despite being talked through the setup of the program it was fiddly to setup for a computer novice like me. I’d never worked with MySQL up until that point either.

The program never worked as it should & more often than not it would crash or the encoders would buffer during a live show. The crashing & buffering issues actually lost me the DJ position on the radio station.

I put up with SAM Broadcaster and it’s little quirks for just over 8 years.

The final straw came on New Year’s Day 2011 when an error message similar to the one below popped up and SAM Broadcaster was only playing station jingles. Instead of playing music. It’s what’s known as a “Clockwheel” failure.

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It wouldn’t play any songs yet the clockwheel rotation had more than enough songs/artists to choose from.

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We had title separation set at 1440 minutes (24 Hours) and artist separation at 240 minutes. So that couldn’t have been the cause of the issue.

SAM Broadcaster just wouldn’t do what it was designed to do and that’s to stream/play music. Enough was enough!

We gave it up as a bad job & I was truly fed up to the back teeth with the software not working as it should!

 
Around late 2010 we discovered a piece of software called RadioDJ free radio automation software.

I decided to switch to it after the clockwheel failure in SAM Broadcaster.

We instantly liked the program & found it easy to use. It held up for a lot longer than SAM Broadcaster ever could. The record was around 4 weeks & the computer only needed a reboot due to Windows updates.

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We now swear by RadioDJ as a radio automation program. RadioDJ has NEVER let us down & it’s always been there and worked everytime I’ve gone to work with it.

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RadioDJ has taken all of the stress out of automating a music stream. It just works as an automation program should.

We doubt anyone will want to put up with SAM Broadcaster and its issues now RadioDJ can do the same job (Only Better!) for FREE.

Before you think about paying out $$$ for SAM Broadcaster have a look at RadioDJ. You may be pleasantly surprised by how good the free stuff works.

Remember a “Fool and their money” are easily parted!

Despite claims by Spacial Audio in their blog posts RadioDJ doesn’t come with any catches or nasty hidden fees, Its 100% FREE for use by any DJ or radio station in the world.

Help! I can’t install RadioDJ

Installing RadioDJ the easy way…

We know it can be daunting and scary installing new software for the first time, Especially if you aren’t used to using software that requires a database, but don’t panic it’s not as difficult as you might think.

If you follow these easy steps and have a bit of patience then you should have the program up and running in no time.

1) Starting off with a FRESH clean install of your Windows operating system is a good bet.

Don’t forget to backup files before you reformat Windows.

Once you’ve reinstalled Windows and downloaded & installed all required security patches/updates/drivers for your PC then you can begin the process of installing and configuring RadioDJ.

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SAM Broadcaster For MAC?

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

Spacial are in the process of rolling out SAM Broadcaster for the Mac.

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All they seem to have done is ported the Windows version to Mac using another program called “Crossover”

“With the increasing no of requests for a Mac version, The quickest way was porting the Windows version with Crossover”

 

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Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t Mac users usually want software that is native to the Mac?

If users wanted to they could have quite easily done this themselves by using Virtualbox to run SAM on Windows.

What could possibly go wrong with the Windows version being ported over?

SAM Broadcaster is dodgy enough and prone to crashing on Windows without porting it over. Add possible new & existing bugs into the mix and BOOM!.

I’m just hoping that they’ve tested it to destruction.

Because if they haven’t and customers start having major issues with the program it will only make Spacial even more of a “laughing stock”

If you’ve already purchased the crossover Mac version of SAM Broadcaster “Good Luck” because you will need it!

Don’t bank on getting much support when things do eventually go wrong. I can see this being complete and unmitigated disaster for Spacial Audio.

By using crossover to port SAM over to the Mac they will have no doubt alienated most of the Mac crowd anyway.

Pirate V’s Legal

Certain people in the Internet radio community reckoned we ran a pirate radio station & some people also reckon that I have done work for pirate stations in the past.

Nope completely wrong on all counts!

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The stations I’ve worked for in the past were all legit and above board. I once got asked to work for a pirate station in Scunthorpe (WLNG) in the late 1980s but also declined that offer.

When it comes to streaming a station I’ve only ever streamed music for me to listen to via a private internal shoutcast server (Which we no longer need because we’ve bought a Chromecast)

What really gets my back up on this subject is the fact that there are so many stations listed on various radio guide websites who have never owned a licence to stream.

Some of those stations have been going over 14 years. I won’t name names but you just know a pirate station on the Internet when you come across one.

No one it seems pulls them up about not having a licence for their music.

I am still streaming my music via a private server Chromecast and I intend to carry on doing so.

Now piss off and find someone else to harass!

Today’s Show is being Cancelled

I keep seeing tweets on Twitter where DJ’s are having to apologise to their listeners because SAM Broadcaster crashed on them during a live show.

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“We’re experiencing issues with SAM Broadcaster so unfortunately today’s show is being cancelled. Sorry everyone”

 
DJ’s & station owners shouldn’t have to put up with SAM Broadcaster crashing on them just as they’re about to go live on the Internet.

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Beware Spacial Audio!

Just been for my daily snoop on the Spacial audio forums and yet again it doesn’t make for good reading.

“I had sent an email to Spacial Audio tech support last week to ask about rolling back to version 4.x.x if for some reason I had a problem with v2014.1 and their reply was: “once (sic) you converted to 2014 you cant rollback to version 4.x.x

 
This user has already paid for version 4.x.x and is now being told by Spacial Audio support that he cannot use a version of SAM Broadcaster he paid for in the event of him wanting to switch back.

Not only is this bad customer service it is also “dishonest” IMHO!

I wouldn’t mind so much but this comes just a few weeks after Spacial promised to start giving better support.

Goes to show they haven’t changed.

I’ve just come across this comment on Facebook. This guy doesn’t sound to happy.

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My message as always:

“Beware Spacial Audio! It seems they don’t give a damn about their customer base and only want you for the $$$ you part with. They have a nasty habit of telling LIES just to sell their shoddy software. Do NOT buy software from Spacial Audio you will regret it”

 
Instead why not use something like RadioDJ free radio automation software.

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It’s FREE between updates doesn’t require keys or activations in order to work the program.

We’ve used RadioDJ for over 5 years now and couldn’t be happier with the stability and reliability of the software.

Something else that cannot be said for SAM Broadcaster.

You won’t regret it and you’ll have money to spend on other studio essentials.

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