RadioDJ Streaming Plugin

The RadioDJ streaming plugin written by Marius will stream to a Shoutcast & Icecast server.

You can find a download of Radio DJ by clicking on the picture below.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

(If the link isn’t working for you right click on the picture and “Save Link As”)

How to install the streaming plugin.

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Why Is My Shoutcast Server Private?

Why Is My Shoutcast Server Private? Was a question asked recently by someone on the Shoutcast forums.

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The user then goes on to say he is using the free shoutcast service “Listen2MyRadio”

That’s exactly where his problem lies.

Listen2MyRadio don’t allow shoutcast servers to be public, Even if you have set your encoder to public.

It’s another huge drawback with a free shoutcast service as you have to get your listeners to tune in via a webpage on their domain.

You could ask their technical support dept if they will make your server public but the answer will always be NO.

It’s not even as if the free service on @listen2myradio is any good in the first place It always buffered when I tried the service about 10 years ago.

I don’t think it will have improved any since.

“The only way you will get your shoutcast server listed publicly on the shoutcast YP is by paying a host $$$ for a server with listener slots.

 
Also steer clear of Shoutcast/Icecast hosts that claim to offer “Unlimited” listeners… There NO such thing as “Unlimited” every server maxes out bandwidth eventually.

Budding Radio DJ

Q: Are you a Budding Radio DJ?

Starting doing Internet radio as a hobby can be daunting at first but when you get used to streaming it can be a great hobby to have.

If you’re a Budding Radio DJ and are looking to get started then may I suggest a few pieces of software to use that won’t cost you a penny.

In order to start streaming on the internet you will need the following…

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Unlimited Listeners? My Arse!

Yesterday I was made aware of an advert that had popped up on a forum for a company called Guru streaming.

So I went and had a look at the website.

While you are greeted with a very smart looking website when you actually get to the price plans your in for a shock!

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$15.00 a month gets you 50GB of Transfer 250MB of storage and Oh Look “Unlimited Listeners”

If you decide that’s not enough for you you can always go for their “Diamond” package.

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Which as you can see is a massive whopping $189.00 a month with 20GB storage (AutoDJ) and 2TB of data transfer with (Oh Look again) “Unlimited” listeners.

There is NO such thing as “Unlimited” when it comes to a server they all max out processing power and bandwidth eventually.

Why do these shoutcast streaming hosts feel the need to take the piss out of customers with packages that are just very poor value for money?

We pay just $11.95 a month for a self managed VPS With 150GB of storage space and 4TB bandwidth and I used to run my shoutcast servers on that.

Before you sign up for a shoutcast host do your homework. There are far better and cheaper shoutcast hosts out there. Read customer reviews and stuff like that.

Don’t be taken for a ride by a fly by night company who offer “Unlimted Listeners” then cap your monthly bandwidth

Always go for a package that just has listener limits that way you know the company has enough bandwidth for you to stream to your listeners sucessfully!

Unlimited Listeners? My Arse!

Shoutcast Ad supported Streams

Just read an article on Broadcasting World.

Radionomy have now launched Shoutcast Ad supported streams.

Which means an advert will play over your stream 2 times per hour.

This is if you are signed up totheir SHOUTcast Streaming Service.

I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not?

I just wonder how many listeners this is going to put off listening to a stream though Shoutcast?

I doubt this will do much for a lot of users other than annoy the people wanting to listen to music.

I feel that if people wanted adverts on a radio station then they would be listening to a station on the FM Dial or DAB not online!

One huge question remains:

Now Radionomy are sticking adverts into peoples streams does that mean Radionomy are paying for the royalties for that stations stream as well?

If the answer to that is yes then it would be a good idea.

If not then it’s a NO from me.

All Change for the Shoutcast YP Listings

I noticed about 2 hours ago that I couldn’t find certain stations on shoutcast.com

After I logged onto the Winamp forums all became apparent when I saw this announcement from DrO.

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The name servers on the Shoutcast website no longer point to AOL servers but now Radionomy’s servers.

Domain Name: SHOUTCAST.COM

Registrar: MELBOURNE IT, LTD. D/B/A INTERNET NAMES WORLDWIDE

Whois Server: whois.melbourneit.com

Referral URL: http://www.melbourneit.com

Name Server: NS5.RADIONOMY.COM

Name Server: NS6.RADIONOMY.COM

Name Server: NS7.RADIONOMY.COM

 

What does this mean for the shoutcast YP listings? At this stage we can only but guess that they will look a lot different when Radionomy have finished with them.

I guess the next few weeks/months will be an interesting time for Internet Radio…

Wot No Proper Web Address?

Recently I’ve seen a rise in links with people offering shoutcast/icecast servers and even links to software all using a .tk web address.

According to Stop forum spam .tk is a well known spammers way of doing things.

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As you can see from the above picture this sounds like yet another fly by night shoutcast host. Who doesn’t appear to have a proper web address instead he’s got a .tk one.

When searching for a shoutcast/icecast host make sure you follow these rules.

1) Make sure the host you intend to use has a proper web address and email address.

2) Read reviews about them on radio websites such as Broadcasting World

3) Look at their uptime any company that claims to have 100% uptime is lying.

(99.9% is acceptable as no host ever has 100% uptime)

4) Don’t be afraid to ask questions before you sign up. Any company worth their salt will get back to you with answers.

At the end of the day you want your station to sound professional and you certainly don’t need a host who’s servers aren’t up to the job.

Remember a fool and his money are easily parted!

I certainly would never entertain any web host or server host using a .tk address to sell their wares. It’s not a proper website address.

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