SAM Broadcaster vs RadioDJ which piece of software wins?
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
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
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.
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?
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!