Winamp and Shoutcast Now Owned by Vivendi

I saw a post on the Winamp/Shoutcast forums this morning. It would appear Winamp and Shoutcast are now partly owned by a company called Vivendi.

“Winamp is backā€¦ in the hands of a major corporation: Vivendi has acquired a 64.4 percent stake in Radionomy, the European online radio services company that owns Winamp and Shoutcast as well as the online radio ad marketplace Targetspot.

 
Vivendi owns the likes of Universal Music Group, Canal+ and Dailymotion.

You can read more about this story at the following links.

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You’re Cracking Us Up!!

I’ve written a few posts on this blog pertaining to people looking for SAM Broadcaster keys/cracks/keygens etc…

When I wrote them I had no idea that those posts would take on a life of their own.

SAM Broadcaster cracks searches

As far as I’m aware Spacial Audio don’t seem to think there’s a problem with people wanting pirated versions of their badly written software. Although they do put in several DMCA requests to Google every year.

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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”

faking

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

Shoutcast listings

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.

Stop Blaming Peoples Internet Connection

Reading a topic on the Spacial forums from a user who’s having those dreaded “Buffering” issues with the encoders in SAM Broadcaster.

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The SVS volunteers on the Spacial forums are trying yet again to blame the problem on the user’s connection.

It’s NOT the user’s broadband connection, ISP or even shoutcast/icecast server at fault, It’s the encoders in SAM Broadcaster being poorly coded. The user has already explained that their Internet connection is working as it should…

The SAM Broadcaster encoders have failed on us several times on several different computers with different ISP providers, They even buffered while streaming to a local shoutcast server on the same PC. So it’s not someones connection at fault.

Even the old winamp DSP plugin encoders would suffer from the same problem.

DSP encoders

“It’s a long standing BUG in badly coded software”

 

SAM Broadcaster encoders disconnection

I’ve written before about the encoders in SAM Broadcaster buffering.

It’s nothing new there are still over 28 pages of posts on the subject on the SAM Broadcaster forums.

All of those users being told it’s their computer or Internet connection at fault when in reality it’s the software itself.

This is not an issue we’ve ran into using other encoding software. We never had a problem with buffering when we used other software to encode with.

We last used the Streaming plugin for RadioDJ to do a test with and it held up for well over 10 days without any errors or buffering.

We only had to restart the PC because of Windows 10 updates.

The encoders buffering in SAM Broadcaster is a BUG that has never been fixed and has been in the program since the days of version v2.7.7

We really do wish Spacial SVS support on the forums would stop blaming peoples connections when the encoders buffer in SAM Broadcaster.

Arrr!! There Be Pirates!

Pirate radio stations are nothing new they’ve been on the go since the 1960s with Radio Caroline …

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I can still remember two Scunthorpe DJ’s attempt at a pirate radio station. It was called WLNG & Broadcast on 104.9 FM on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the late 1980s.

There’s very little information about WLNG on Google just a couple of mentions in articles.

Fast forward to the pirate stations of today. It would appear to all intents that Haringey & Hackney Councils in London are having a crackdown on Pirate stations using their properties to broadcast from.

I can see why they’ve had a crackdown some of those aerials in the video below are badly cobbled together. Have to admit they look like complete eyesores on the top of buildings as well.

We would soon notice if a pirate radio station had put an aerial on the roof of our building. Mind they’d have to gain access to it first.

Our message to the Pirate radio stations being hassled by these Council/Ofcom officials.

“Why be a Pirate station on an FM signal with very little reach?
When you could potentially reach far more people by streaming on the Internet”

 
Internet Radio is the future of broadcasting & it’s not all that difficult to start your own online radio station.

You just need a decent PC (1GB of RAM would do) decent broadband connection, decent microphone and mixing desk, along with decent streaming/automation software and a Shoutcast/Icecast server.

We know of a lot of radio stations on the Internet that have been on the go for years and as far as we’re aware they have never owned a licence to stream.

So it seems NO one really checks if your legit or not on the Internet.

In any case you could just move your server to another IP if the authorities were snooping on your broadcasts.

It’s amazing how popular streaming online radio has become in the last 10 years. So it’s little wonder there are so many pirate stations.

Hopefully you shouldn’t have to worry about your transmission equipment or aerials being seized by officials.

Unless you were broadcasting some really bad content!

Sexism/Homophobia/Racism/Islamophobia/Jihad are definite no go areas when it comes to broadcasting even if you’re a pirate broadcasting from a bedroom.

Remember at the end of the day no one wants to listen to crap.

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