A Fool and their money!

By now you are probably aware that I hate a program called SAM Broadcaster made by Spacial Audio.

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Let me explain a little as to why I hate it so much:

I discovered Internet radio back inĀ 1999/2000 time when I first started using the Internet. Although It was 2002 before I got chance to actually DJ on the Internet.

One of the stations I listened to was advertising for DJ’s so I signed up & ended up with regular weekly radio show.

I had to use SAM Broadcaster 2.7.9 (Streaming Audio Manager) to do my shows with.

Despite being talked through the setup of the program it was fiddly to setup for a computer novice like me. I’d never worked with MySQL up until that point either.

The program never worked as it should & more often than not it would crash or the encoders would buffer during a live show. The crashing & buffering issues actually lost me the DJ position on the radio station.

I put up with SAM Broadcaster and it’s little quirks for just over 8 years.

The final straw came on New Year’s Day 2011 when an error message similar to the one below popped up and SAM Broadcaster was only playing station jingles. Instead of playing music. It’s what’s known as a “Clockwheel” failure.

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It wouldn’t play any songs yet the clockwheel rotation had more than enough songs/artists to choose from.

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We had title separation set at 1440 minutes (24 Hours) and artist separation at 240 minutes. So that couldn’t have been the cause of the issue.

SAM Broadcaster just wouldn’t do what it was designed to do and that’s to stream/play music. Enough was enough!

We gave it up as a bad job & I was truly fed up to the back teeth with the software not working as it should!

 
Around late 2010 we discovered a piece of software called RadioDJ free radio automation software.

I decided to switch to it after the clockwheel failure in SAM Broadcaster.

We instantly liked the program & found it easy to use. It held up for a lot longer than SAM Broadcaster ever could. The record was around 4 weeks & the computer only needed a reboot due to Windows updates.

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We now swear by RadioDJ as a radio automation program. RadioDJ has NEVER let us down & it’s always been there and worked everytime I’ve gone to work with it.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

RadioDJ has taken all of the stress out of automating a music stream. It just works as an automation program should.

We doubt anyone will want to put up with SAM Broadcaster and its issues now RadioDJ can do the same job (Only Better!) for FREE.

Before you think about paying out $$$ for SAM Broadcaster have a look at RadioDJ. You may be pleasantly surprised by how good the free stuff works.

Remember a “Fool and their money” are easily parted!

Despite claims by Spacial Audio in their blog posts RadioDJ doesn’t come with any catches or nasty hidden fees, Its 100% FREE for use by any DJ or radio station in the world.

Importing Shoutcast/Icecast streams In RadioDJ

How do you import a stream into RadioDJ?

1) Open Track import from the options menu;
2) Select track category as “Radio Shows” set a genre and subcategory;
3) Select track type as “Internet Stream”;
4) Paste the address of the server you want to relay such as this; (e.g 192.234.245.4:8000)

RadioDJ track/stream Import

5) Give it a Name from the details tab & then click import;
6) Then set an event up to load it as a track at the time you want to start relaying the stream;
7) After you have finished relaying the stream just set another event up to start playing the next track;

It really is that simple! Importing Shoutcast/Icecast streams in RadioDJ shouldn’t be difficult.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

Have you made the switch yet?

It’s always nice seeing other people switching from SAM Broadcaster to RadioDJ free radio automation software.

“I switched from SAM Broadcaster and have not looked back. I was hesitant at first but RadioDJ has made my life and station so much better/streamlined. Thanks again!”

 
If you haven’t discovered RadioDJ yet what are you waiting for?

RadioDJ free radio automation software

RadioDJ works much better than SAM Broadcaster and doesn’t seem to crash or go wrong that often.

We know of several users of RadioDJ who haven’t had to restart their computer or laptop for around 7 months, It’s an extremely stable & reliable automation program.

The best bit about RadioDJ is the fact it’s 100% FREE (No catches, No hidden costs, No messy reg keys)

Other users have had this to say about the software about the software.

“We recently made the switch from SAM Broadcaster to RadioDJ with no regrets at all, we’ve had no downtime or crashes since we switched”

“My RadioDJ system is sounding so good! What a fantastic piece of software and community support. Thanks everyone”

“Things I like about RadioDJ are stability, flexibility, community and NO BUFFERING! Listening trend is up 71% since migrating to RadioDJ! Stability breeds consistency”

“RadioDJ has got to be the best playout system I have found online, quite simply – IT WORKS! It sounds extremely professional once you set it up and get your music added”

“I love the way the program is laid out and how professional it looks. It took some time to install and get used to but that’s where the Community forums come to your rescue if you get stuck with Installing and using the program”

 
You can download the latest version of RadioDJ by clicking on the picture below.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

You can find a tutorial on how to setup RadioDJ Here

Helpful advice can also be found by searching the RadioDJ Community forums

New Winamp Why So Long?

It’s been a long time since AOL announced Winamp and Shoutcast were to be discontinued way back in 2013.

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I’ve been watching the Winamp/Shoutcast forums closely ever since.

As we all know Radionomy saved Winamp & Shoutcast in January 2014 and the only progress so far is a few new releases of Shoutcast v2

When it comes to Winamp there’s been nothing just a release of 5.66 that needs patching to work properly.

The development team at Radionomy/Shoutcast are keeping tight lipped as to when there they may be a new release.

Although from reading the forum posts we understand it’s likely be sometime in 2016 before a new version of Winamp is due.

Why is it taking so long for a new version?

We wish we had a crystal ball to be able to tell you.

Apparently there’s still a lot of AOL code to be taken out of Winamp so that’s possibly what is causing the delays.

I just hope when they do release a new version that it’s not a huge disappointment for the core base of users.

They won’t be happy if they piss around with it too much.

All we do seem to know is that Radionomy will release a new version when they’re ready to.

I guess it’s a case of watch this space.

Remember patience is a virtue.


Update 27/09/15: Looks like they’ve started work on a new version of Winamp

Hopefully if all goes to plan there should be a new version sometime in 2016.


Listen2MyRadio Why Even Bother?

A user has posted on the Shoutcast forums about a problem he’s having with @Listen2MyRadio blocking links to external players.

Listen2MyRadio is a free Shoutcast service that requires a listener to tune in via a badly coded page (See Below)

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(They do paid plans as well as to how well the paid for servers fair I don’t know TBH)

Read reviews before you commit to buying anything.

I’ve tried the free service once or twice over the last 9 or so years it’s been around.

Every time It’s buffered within 10 minutes of starting a stream or cut out completely requiring a restart of the Shoutcast encoders.

It’s not what you could call reliable at all.

Why even bother with the Listen2MyRadio free service? It’s no where near good enough to run a full time radio stream with.

The alternative is either get a cheap VPS for around $2.50 a month and run your own Shoutcast server on that.

Find a reliable Shoutcast host who will be able to give you the stability and quality you need. Any good Shoutcast host will answer any questions you may have before you sign up.

“Beware of Shoutcast hosts who claim to be able to give you “Unlimited” listener slots/bandwidth”

 
If you decide you want to go down the road of getting your own VPS there are plenty of tutorials on Google about how to set Shoutcast up on a server.

If any these free services were any good we’d be telling people to use them but Alas they aren’t as good as people expect.

Why bother with Winamp

I can’t help but notice that people are still using Winamp to stream their Internet radio stations with.

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While Winamp is a great little media player things have moved on in the last 10 years.

There is now better software than Winamp to stream your Internet radio station with namely Radio DJ free radio automation software.

Why bother with Winamp when you have RadioDJ For FREE?

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

RadioDJ is a great automation program especially for someone just starting out in the world of Internet radio.

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You can find guides and plugins for RadioDJ Here.

You will also need MariaDB installing to run RadioDJ.

There’s also a tutorial On how to setup Maria DB here.

If you get stuck setting things up help & support is always available through the Radio DJ community forums which can be found Here.

So why bother with Winamp? Make the switch to Radio DJ it will make your online radio station sound more professional.

SAM Broadcaster Bad Audio

Going through Shoutcast and tuning into a few random radio stations.

Some of them were quite good and sounded brilliant. Some of them however did not.

Digging a bit deeper and looking on their shoutcast server pages the reason for the poor audio quality on some of the stations was immediately clear.

“They were either using badly ripped mp3 files or the sound processing in SAM Broadcaster wasn’t set up properly either way they sounded naff and annoying”

 
You just know a SAM Broadcaster station when you come across one. Usually the badly coded website or #audiorealm on the Shoutcast server page gives it away.

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I could never get a decent sound out of SAM Broadcaster even testing on the 3.x.x & 4.x.x versions with the built in on board AGC

(The AGC in SAM Broadcaster is a rehash of a Winamp plugin called “SoundSolution”)

The audio would never sound right in SAM Broadcaster no matter how many different settings you tried.

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“The onboard AGC in SAM Broadcaster was badly programmed and not a lot of thought was given as to what the end result would be. That is poor sounding audio”

 
I eventually switched back to my stream which is powered by RadioDJ and it sounds 10 times better than those few stations that were using SAM Broadcaster.

With RadioDJ You get a great well programmed automation application with great sound from the onboard audio processing plugin.

RadioDJ

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

If you don’t believe me Try RadioDJ out for yourself with these audio processing settings.

If your audio files are ripped at the right bitrate and format you should notice a huge difference in audio between SAM Broadcaster and RadioDJ.

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