Shoutcast now playing PHP script

Are you looking for a simple way to get now playing info from your Shoutcast server?

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You will need an encoding program that supports title streaming in order for this to work.

Programs such as Edcast/MB Recaster/Radiocaster get now playing info from a text file.

Not all standalone encoding programs support text files therefore they won’t output now playing information.

1) You will need a PHP enabled web server with “fsock” connections enabled (Ask your host if they support this most good hosts do)

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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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Launch HeidiSQL and sign in as root.
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.

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

Pay for PAL scripts?

Pay for PAL scripts?

This is another website that popped up on my radar recently called “PalScripts” offering paid for PAL (Playlist Automation Language) scripts and an SQL repair service for SAM Broadcaster.

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What’s wrong with that I hear you ask?

The problem is they are asking people to pay $$$ for PAL scripts that were once FREELY available from the Spacial Audio forums.

They also offer to fix common SAM Broadcaster problems starting at $30 an hour.

Which seems to be a bit expensive IMHO.

It’s worth pointing out that SAM Broadcaster is prone to crashing without warning and more so if a PAL script isn’t written properly.

A badly written PAL script can cause lots of memory leaks and also cause SAM Broadcaster to spit it’s dummy out!

Make the switch to RadioDJ FREE Radio Automation software.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

RadioDJ doesn’t require any overpriced PAL scripts in order for the program to function.

The newer versions of RadioDJ have a feature called “Track(s) from SQL query”

Which seem a lot less complicated than learning how to get PAL scripts to work.

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