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.

HELP! SAM Broadcaster won’t work on Windows 10

Seeing posts from users frustrated that SAM Broadcaster 4.x.x series is not working on Windows 10.

“I am really really pissed, because I paid for my SAM Broadcaster. Now that I have Windows 10… It won’t work”

 
SAM Broadcaster 4.2.2

Spacial Audio announced that SAM Broadcaster 4.x.x series wouldn’t work on Windows 10 on their Forums a while back.

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Pay to Upgrade from SAM Broadcaster 4 series?

Just seen a post from one of the staff at Spacial explaining that SAM Broadcaster 4.x.x series isn’t compatible with Windows 8/10.

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Spacial are offering a deal to upgrade from SAM Broadcaster 4.x.x by paying $119.

They want people to pay to upgrade because the 4.x.x software isn’t compatible with current releases of Windows 8/10.

The $119 is on top of the $299 users have already paid for SAM Broadcaster.

Q: Why should someone have to pay through the nose to upgrade software so it works on Windows 10?

 
People need to start voting with their wallets and try other software for FREE like RadioDJ

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RadioDJ Free radio automation download

RadioDJ is a FREE radio automation package which is 100% FREE between updates. Plus RadioDJ works on ALL versions of Windows with at least .NET 3.5

(The program has even tested on Windows 2000 but not recommended)

Stop paying software companies like Spacial silly money for software upgrades that aren’t value for money.

RadioDJ has been tested to destruction on Windows 10 and RadioDJ hasn’t even flinched its done everything we’ve asked from the software.

SAM Broadcaster For MAC?

SAM Broadcaster for the Mac has now been Scrapped/discontinued by Spacial Audio!

Spacial are in the process of rolling out SAM Broadcaster for the Mac.

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All they seem to have done is ported the Windows version to Mac using another program called “Crossover”

“With the increasing no of requests for a Mac version, The quickest way was porting the Windows version with Crossover”

 

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Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t Mac users usually want software that is native to the Mac?

If users wanted to they could have quite easily done this themselves by using Virtualbox to run SAM on Windows.

What could possibly go wrong with the Windows version being ported over?

SAM Broadcaster is dodgy enough and prone to crashing on Windows without porting it over. Add possible new & existing bugs into the mix and BOOM!.

I’m just hoping that they’ve tested it to destruction.

Because if they haven’t and customers start having major issues with the program it will only make Spacial even more of a “laughing stock”

If you’ve already purchased the crossover Mac version of SAM Broadcaster “Good Luck” because you will need it!

Don’t bank on getting much support when things do eventually go wrong. I can see this being complete and unmitigated disaster for Spacial Audio.

By using crossover to port SAM over to the Mac they will have no doubt alienated most of the Mac crowd anyway.

Spacial Audio Disreputable?

I saw this tweet on Twitter

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And then this on Facebook

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So it’s not just me that think Spacial Audio are a bunch of shysters.

I’ve been trying to tell people this for over 4 years now.

Once you buy software from Spacial Audio you are lucky if you get any support when something goes wrong.

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They just send the same old canned replies that aren’t usually of any help to the person having the issues.

That’s if you’re lucky enough to have your support ticket answered.

Don’t even bother with the support forums either they’re just as bad.

It’s about time people stopped paying $$$ for SAM Broadcaster.

There’s better software than SAM Broadcaster these days for streaming with.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

RadioDJ is a FREE radio automation program.

With great support when something goes wrong via the community ran forums.

It’s time to stop buying software from Spacial Audio they don’t give a damn about the customer after care.

SAM Broadcaster 2015.1 (Disappointment?)

Got my hands on a copy of SAM Broadcaster 2015.1 this morning despite Spacial trying to obfuscate the download links.

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The changes list reads like this:

v2015.1 (1 June 2015)
* M4A support added.
* Check SAM Broadcaster edition and warn if overwriting a different edition
* Warn/disable when there is no support for WMA

They’ve had well over 6 months to improve and upgrade SAM Broadcaster and the best they can do is just add .m4a support!

(Yes we know they have released a MAC crossover version but we have no way of testing that at present)

The fact they’ve only added 1 new feature isn’t going to down well with customers who have paid $$$ for SAM Broadcaster 2015.

1 user has already taken to the Spacial forums to express his disappointment.

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You’d have thought they would have at least fixed some bugs but alas not!

It’s yet again the same old story with Spacial they don’t care about their user base or the program they are trying to sell.

In the time it’s taken SAM Broadcaster 2015 to come out there have been 6 releases of RadioDJ which has more new features added everytime a release comes out and that’s FREE.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

Stop paying Spacial Audio for SAM Broadcaster you are only paying their development team to be lazy and do NOTHING!

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