Fake Stats on Shoutcast?

Fake Stats on Shoutcast?

A year and a half after this article was originally written I still don’t get it!

Search term used on Google analytics “Buy fake shoutcast listener script”

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Why is it that some stations on Shoutcast seem to want to fake their listener stats?

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As you can see from the picture the topstations are claiming to have 13,000 listeners.

When I looked at their PLS file they appear to have a cluster of shoutcast servers all on the same IP range all with around 80/90 listeners.

It’s not exactly rocket science to work out that listener figures somewhere are being messed around with.

It seems to me that it’s not just that one station but quite a few meddling with their listener figures.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen online radio station owners blatantly lying about their listener figures.

A couple of years ago one station owner was bragging that he had 20,000 listeners a week.

When I monitored his shoutcast server the peak was about 46 listeners.

Why bother faking stats? It will only make you and your so called online radio station look silly.

You’re Running a Radio Station NOT a JukeBox

User on the RadioDJ forums wants the demo request (PHP) script to offer a bit more flexibility for user requests.

(i.e 2 listener requests from an IP per hour like SAM Broadcaster)

While it’s nice to have the request function in RadioDJ you have to remember you’re running a radio station not a jukebox.

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Requests from listeners are all well and good but treating your station like a jukebox isn’t going to win you many listeners.

Radio is supposed be creative and entertaining.

If you just have listener request after listener request you might as well call your station “The World’s Biggest Jukebox”

I think a daily limit on requests (i.e No more than 5 requests from 1 IP per day) is actually better than allowing so many requests per hour per IP address.

You don’t have to play a request that someone has made. It’s just a bonus for live shows really.

If people email you and complain that you’re not playing their requests.

Just ignore them it’s your station & it’s up to you to decide what gets played (& what doesn’t).

The less your stream sounds like a jukebox the better it will be for your core base of listeners.

Auto start No!

Auto start. No!: I think one of my biggest bug bears about Internet radio station websites has to be audio players on the main page auto starting without any warning.

Just clicked on a link from Broadcasting world and the station “VapingCloud” Radio suddenly started playing.

It really annoys me when I visit a radio station website to see what it looks like. Then the audio starts, That’s not what I want from a radio station website I’m afraid.

Most people tend to prefer websites that use tune in icons or a pop up player.

Please I urge station owners that have players on auto start to stop it.

Don’t force it upon someone to listen.

People are more likely to click off your station page if you allow the player to auto start.

Let the person visiting the website choose to listen if they want to.

Handling RadioDJ Requests

Now RadioDJ has the ability to take listener requests from a website. I thought I would just do a small article on how best to go about handling RadioDJ requests within the program.

In order to stay within DMCA rules you need to delay a request for at least 60 minutes (Especially if you run a station in the USA)

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