You Don’t Have To Take My Advice

What is it with certain sections of the Internet radio crowd?

We see people complaining weekly on social media that they having problems running/using SAM Broadcaster.

(Nothing new there!)

SAM Broadcaster 2015

When we messaged or tweeted some of those people having issues with SAM Broadcaster to let them know about the better free alternative RadioDJ

Several of the people have come back with comments like this.

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Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 18:20 PM Europe/London

Radiodj Stable Database

It’s June 2014 since I last decided to rebuild my RadioDJ SQL database from scratch.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

In all the years I’ve been doing Internet Radio this is the longest I’ve gone without having to rebuild a SQL database.

Some of the credit for the stability also needs to go to MariaDB we’ve found it’s a lot more stable and easier to setup than Oracle MySQL.

When I used other automation software I was having to rebuild the database from scratch every other week as it was just so unstable and badly written…

Plus that piece of software didn’t have a backup tool so when the database went wrong you lost all your data which sucked!

The RadioDJ database setup tool takes a daily backup of your MySQL data and is easily restored if the worst should happen.

RadioDJ Database backup tool

TIP: Backup your RadioDJ database to USB pen drive so you don’t lose data should your PC go wrong
“The only issue we’ve had with the database in the last 18 months was after a power cut which caused some of the tables to crash and was easily solved using HeidiSQL to quickly repair them.”

 
Thankfully power cuts don’t happen that often where we live.

Other than that one issue with a power cut the RadioDJ database has been amazingly rock solid & reliable.

IF you haven’t discovered RadioDJ free radio automation software yet what are you waiting for?

RadioDJ is FREE for use by any DJ or radio station anywhere in the world and comes with no nasty hidden fees or catches.

It really is as you see it with no activation’s needed or keys required to unlock the full benefits of the program.

(Click on the logo above to download RadioDJ or right click and “Save Link As”)

“If you’ve been having database stability issues with other automation software, MAKE THE SWITCH you’ll be amazed at what FREE & stable radio automation software can do for you and your radio station”

 
It’s a pleasure to use radio automation software when it works as it’s designed.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 21:18 PM Europe/London

Sam Broadcaster Mac Sql Problems

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

This past few days I’ve seen a few users saying they were having issues when installing SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) edition.

SAM Broadcaster Mac SQL problems

For some unknown reason it appears the crossover version won’t connect to the users MySQL database.

Database installation problems with SAM Broadcaster aren’t just confined to the Mac (Crossover) version.

I had no end of problems trying to get SAM to install the database in the Windows version in the past.

As I said in a previous post…

It appears the SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) version was cobbled together in a rush to get a working release out.

The SAM Broadcaster Mac edition isn’t native Mac software. It’s just the Windows version ported over.

I knew there would be problems when Spacial ported SAM Broadcaster to the Mac.

The Windows version has enough of it’s own issues & bugs to begin with.

Sadly when it comes to the Mac there aren’t that many alternatives when it comes to radio automation software written natively for OS X.

The only other “alternative” I can suggest is installing Windows on Virtualbox on your Mac and have that running a copy of software such as RadioDJ

We realise that’s probably not an ideal solution for most Mac users but we’re afraid its as good as you’re going to get at the moment.

Who knows one day maybe some boffin will come up with a decent “Native” automation software package for the Mac…

Stop paying $$$ for software from Spacial Audio you’re just paying them to lurch from one disaster to another.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:40 PM Europe/London

Reinstalling Sam Broadcaster

Saw a tweet from a SAM Broadcaster user having to reinstall the program after it had gone wrong on him and wouldn’t restart after a reboot of the PC.

“In the process of reinstalling SAM Broadcaster it completely refuses to load even after system reboot”

 
We know how this user feels it’s happened to us on many occasions over the years. SAM Broadcaster goes wrong and crashes for no reason even in the newer versions.

SAM-Broadcasterstopped working

It’s frustrating when SAM Broadcaster crashes during a live show and then won’t restart after a reboot of the PC and you have to faff around reinstalling the program and database from scratch.

We’ve yet to hear of anyone having an issue with RadioDJ randomly crashing on them and not restarting after a computer reboot.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

The MySQL database in RadioDJ is far more solid and robust than the SQL/Firebird databases in SAM.

Plus RadioDJ has an amazing database backup tool that backs up your SQL database at a set time each day.

In the unlikely event of the RadioDJ database going wrong due to a power outage it’s easily fixed using HeidiSQL

Saving your RadioDJ configuration settings is also easy you just backup the RadioDJ program folder to another location (USB Drive/External Drive) after you have all your settings the way you want them.

Heidi-SQL

It’s rare for RadioDJ to actually crash or go wrong.

We can honestly say hand on heart that we’ve never had RadioDJ crash on us while recording a show/mix or even during a live show in the 5+ years since we discovered the program.

The smart DJ’s and radio station owners are now starting to steer away from using SAM Broadcaster.

(Click on logo to download RadioDJ or right click and “Save Link As”)

If you should get stuck on how to install RadioDJ there’s a great tutorial on how to install it Here

Once you get used to what RadioDJ free radio automation software can do for you & your radio station you’ll wonder why you ever paid $$$ for SAM Broadcaster.

Despite what other software manufacturers might have you believe there are NO hidden fees/catches or problems with RadioDJ.

Make the switch today… RadioDJ isn’t your enemy It’s your FRIEND!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 17:55 PM Europe/London

Radiodj Keeps Breaking…

Just seen a post on the RadioDJ forums from a long time user of the program complaining that the program keeps breaking on him.

“My install(s) of RadioDJ have been breaking. I have had to reinstall and redo all of the install(s) over the past 2 weeks. My track rotations seem to burp and ignore the music and just play VT’s or Sweepers. I am not sure what the heck is going on but it is becoming a pain in the rump. I am wondering if it is my SQL?”

 
He then goes to on to state that he’s never ran RadioDJ as “Administrator”

“Never have had to start it as an admin ever. That is something Marius has never stated here to do.”

 
We think you will find that Marius tells EVERYONE to run RadioDJ with full “Administrator” privileges. Its not a RadioDJ problem its a Windows security rule.

Being a long term user of RadioDJ you’d have thought he would have already known this?

You need to run the program as administrator for it work properly otherwise it’s going to cause you “issues” somewhere along the line.

It’s simple enough to mark the RadioDJ.exe with administrator privileges.

Run RadioDJ as administrator

TIP: Right Click on the RadioDJ.exe file go to Properties>Shortcut>Advanced>Tick the box that says “Run as Administrator”>Apply>OK & close

 
That way RadioDJ will always run as administrator when you start the program.

The original problem may indeed lie with the fact this user wasn’t running the program as advised.

PEBKAC (Problem Exists between keyboard and chair)

We’ve always ran RadioDJ as advised and we rarely have any of the “issues” this user has described. I also suspect that the version of MySQL this user is using maybe the root cause of some of their problems as well.

It might be time to upgrade your SQL server to MariaDB?

We’ve had MariaDB installed for over a year now and it’s rare for us to have a problem with our database server.

If you’re not willing to take simple advice like this onboard then you really must have a small amount of knowledge about computers full stop.

“If you don’t have the option to run a program in administrator mode then you may need to ask an IT specialist or even your parents for advice.

 
Running RadioDJ as administrator isn’t exactly rocket science now is it?

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 19:40 PM Europe/London

Web Hosting But Only If Your A Sam Broadcaster User?

An advert popped up on a forum a couple of days back for Shoutcast Streaming’s samPHPweb & samHTMLweb Web Hosting package.

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Is it just me or does the advert actually sound like they only want to host your website if your a SAM Broadcaster user?

Doesn’t sound to me like they would host your website if you were using other software such as RadioDJ

Looking at the price of this website hosting service it’s not that expensive but you could probably do it yourself cheaper.

You could just set up a web server using WAMP on your home PC pointing your domain to your IP and take requests that way.

Or you could rent a VPS server from around $1.25 a month with a hell of a lot more storage space.

 
Hosting your own website gives you much more control over things especially when you run your own VPS.

You control what ports you have open etc. Unlike SAM Broadcaster RadioDJ only requires 1 port (SQL 3306) to be open for requests.

I started out with an Apache web server on my PC about 11 years ago and it worked great at the time.

In this day and age most broadband connections are pretty stable and fast.

So it shouldn’t be a problem hosting your own website on a home PC.

If you do go a for a VPS, have a look round. There are some pretty  but choose what’s best for you and your location.

We have a self managed VPS and it’s usually rock solid and performs like a star. However every server has its limits and sometimes there are outages beyond our control.

It’s really not that hard running your own website. Once you learn how to get it working properly you’ll wonder why you ever paid a website host in the first place.

Remember when it comes to learning stuff like setting up your own web server or VPS Google is your friend not your enemy!

 
The information is out there if you search hard enough.

If Shoutcast Streaming is only pandering to SAM Broadcaster PHP/HTML users then that would be a shame as I could have pointed a few users of RadioDJ in his direction.

N.B: Running a home web server is dependant on external factors such as your upload & download speeds if you have a poor broadband connection then it may be a better option to look at hosting your website on a VPS.

Before anyone has a go at me!

I’m just pointing out that there are other “alternatives” when it comes to hosting a website/server. You don’t have a monopoly on website hosting!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 18:26 PM Europe/London

Sam Broadcaster Vs Radiodj

SAM Broadcaster vs RadioDJ which piece of software wins?

SAM Broadcaster vs RadioDJ

Someone asked me to do a comparison between the 2 pieces of software a while back.

SAM Broadcaster Pro/Studio (Streaming Audio Manager) Price: $299/$699

SAM Broadcaster

Requires Online Activation: Yes
Requires Registration Keys: Yes
Supported OS: Windows 7/8/10 (Older 4.x.x versions won’t work on Windows 8/10)
Supported File types: mp3/wma/ogg/flac/m4a/aac/wav
Streaming: Built in encoders (Which are prone to buffering)
Supported Databases: MySQL/Firebird/PostgreSQL/MS SQL
Stability: Very poor reliability. (Users frequently report the program crashes or freezes without warning)
Ease of use: Can be difficult to setup & there are complicated (PAL) scripts to learn if you want advanced automation.
Support: After you buy the product there is very poor customer service
Restrictions: You can only run 1 radio station per SAM Broadcaster licence & with certain versions of SAM you can only stream to one service.

RadioDJ (Free Radio Automation Software) Price: $0.00 FREE/Gratis

RadioDJ

Requires Online Activation: No
Requires Registration Keys: No
Supported OS: Windows 7/8/10 (Works brilliantly on Windows 10)
Supported File Types: mp3/wma/ogg/flac/m4a/wav/ac3 (other formats can be added by using BASS add-ons from un4seen.com)
Streaming: Shoutcast/Icecast streaming can be done via a plugin or alternatively you can use a stand alone encoding program.
Supported Databases: MySQL (The database in RadioDJ has been kept simple)
Stability: RadioDJ can run for weeks and months without requiring a restart.
Ease of Use: Once setup RadioDJ is easy to use, like most software it can take time to get used to what the program does.
Support: If you run into an issue with RadioDJ you can get great support on the Community Forums
Restrictions: NONE! You can use the software where you want when you want.

So there you have it. We’ve compared the 2 pieces of software just as someone asked us to.

We still come to the same conclusion everytime.

“We feel SAM Broadcaster isn’t worth the $299 Spacial Audio charge for the program. We really can’t see where the ‘Value’ is”

 
Actually did we need to write a blog post to tell people that?

Also despite Spacial Audio’s claims about free radio automation software RadioDJ is 100% FREE (NO hidden fees or catches)

RadioDJ is available for use by any DJ or radio station anywhere in the world, You can run multiple stations/streams from the same PC alongside virtual audio cables if you so desire.

While we’re at it: Can we just dispel a MYTH about RadioDJ free radio automation software?

“Being free RadioDJ may be buggy and unreliable compared to software which you pay for”

 
The person who wrote that statement was Wrong!

RadioDJ isn’t full of bugs it’s quite an incredibly reliable & stable program!

365+ days has been the up-time for one RadioDJ user.

In the 6+ years we’ve used the software RadioDJ has been really reliable & stable. It has NEVER let us down & it’s never crashed during a live show.

When there has been an “issue” It’s always been a problem with the PC/Hardware or Windows updates that meant a restart of the program.

Once setup and working RadioDJ will work as an automation program should.

Make the switch to RadioDJ today you’ll be glad you did!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:04 PM Europe/London

Creating A New Sql User

In case you haven’t already noticed, SQL tends to allow some pretty insecure permissions by default, allowing root access from any computer.

This is a big problem, especially if you have port forwarding configured on your router to your SQL instance.

However, you can easily create new users using any management interface, so we’ll do it with HeidiSQL

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1) Launch HeidiSQL and sign in as root.
2) Select Tools > User Manager

 
First of all, we’ll remove root access for remote hosts.

There will be several accounts listed for root, from various locations. Select the root account that has just a % sign in the host column. This allows root access from any location, including on the internet and isn’t recommended. On the right hand side, select the drop down and pick the local network that matches your LAN IP range (e.g. 192.168.%)

 
This makes sure that when you’re on your local network, you can still log in as root. Click save.

Next we’ll add a new restricted user Click add user.

3) Choose a new username (Fred), and pick and repeat a secure password,
4) From host % (Access from anywhere)
5) In the “Allow access to” section, expand (But don’t select by ticking the box) global privileges
6) Choose select and insert

 
Click Save and Close.

You can now configure your web scripts and WordPress plugins to use this new username and password.

This new user is intended for use for scripts only. It doesn’t have the required permissions to run RadioDJ itself, you can either set up a new user in the same way with extra privileges, or use the root account now we’ve removed access for remote hosts.

 

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 15:12 PM Europe/London

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