Spacial Discontinue SAM Broadcaster Mac

So I’m doing my usual bits and pieces on the Internet this morning and I see this tweet.

SAM Broadcaster Mac Discontinued

It’s been less than 12 months since they released the “Crossover” version of SAM Broadcaster for Mac.

I predicted it was going to be an unmitigated disaster when I heard they’d ported over SAM Broadcaster (Windows) to the Mac using Crossover.

It would appear I was right again.

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No Trial Version: SAM Broadcaster Mac

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

I keep my eyes peeled for nuggets about certain software on Twitter.

A credible piece of information just landed in my lap (again!)

SAM Broadcaster Mac No trial period

It would appear that SAM Broadcaster for the Mac doesn’t allow you to have the usual 30 day (51 Hour) trial period.

“The functionality is however exactly the same as the Windows version”

 

Could that be because it is the Windows version just ported over using Crossover?

It appears the Mac (crossover) version of SAM Broadcaster 2015 was cobbled together in a rush to get a working release out and is likely to contain a lot of untested bugs, SAM Broadcaster Mac edition is certainly NOT Mac native software.

SAM Broadcaster Mac not native

SAM Broadcaster Mac

OK Spacial… What’s the point in porting the Windows version of SAM Broadcaster over to Mac if it doesn’t offer the user a trial period?

So there’s no way of knowing if SAM Broadcaster is going to work on their Mac unless the user pays out $$$ for the software.

That’s just bad & wrong in so many ways.

What happens if someone purchases SAM Broadcaster 2015 for the Mac finds out it’s not for them & then they want a refund?

We know from experience that Spacial Audio don’t like giving refunds once you’ve purchased software/services from them.

 

We’ve heard no end of complaints over the past 10/12 years from people who have had trouble getting their money back from Spacial.

They’re going to start alienating most of the Mac users if they aren’t careful.

I know a few Mac users and they generally only want software that is built specially for OS X

They don’t want some two bit Windows program ported over using a third party program however good that 3rd party product may be.

They really haven’t got a clue when it comes to what Mac users want?

Stop buying software from Spacial Audio your only paying them to go from one disaster to another.

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.

Installing RadioDJ on an Apple Mac

Another question I often get asked is will RadioDJ run on an Apple Mac?

Short answer: No as RadioDJ is written in .NET for Windows.

However there is a way to Installing RadioDJ on an Apple Mac but (unfortunately) it does involve a copy of Windows to be installed.

Download & install Oracle Virtual Box

1) Make a virtual disc image from a windows OS installer (.iso) give it a minimum of 1GB RAM.

You can find out how to do that from the Virtualbox Wiki page

2) Install the VirtualBox Extension Pack this can be found on the same download page as the Virtualbox downloads.

3) Install an SQL database server such as Maria DB

A guide to installing MariaDB can be found Here

4) Download RadioDJ and unzip this folder in the download below

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

(If the link isn’t working right click & “Save link as”)

5) Unzip RadioDJ onto the root (C\:) drive of your Windows install and give the folder full read/write privileges.

6) Install the RadioDJ database from the “databasesetup.exe” file inside the setup folder

7) Install Virtual Audio cables you can find these by searching Google

If all has gone to plan you should be good to start importing your music into RadioDJ and once you have that sorted you should be good to start streaming.

It’s really not that difficult to use RadioDJ and still be able to control it on a Mac.

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