This is one of the most common questions we see on the RadioDJ forums.
SAM Broadcaster for the Mac has now been Scrapped/discontinued by Spacial Audio!
This past few days I’ve seen a few users saying they were having issues when installing SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) edition.
For some unknown reason it appears the crossover version won’t connect to the users MySQL database.
Database installation problems with SAM Broadcaster aren’t just confined to the Mac (Crossover) version.
I had no end of problems trying to get SAM to install the database in the Windows version in the past.
As I said in a previous post…
It appears the SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) version was cobbled together in a rush to get a working release out.
The SAM Broadcaster Mac edition isn’t native Mac software. It’s just the Windows version ported over.
I knew there would be problems when Spacial ported SAM Broadcaster to the Mac.
The Windows version has enough of it’s own issues & bugs to begin with.
Sadly when it comes to the Mac there aren’t that many alternatives when it comes to radio automation software written natively for OS X.
The only other “alternative” I can suggest is installing Windows on Virtualbox on your Mac and have that running a copy of software such as RadioDJ
We realise that’s probably not an ideal solution for most Mac users but we’re afraid its as good as you’re going to get at the moment.
Who knows one day maybe some boffin will come up with a decent “Native” automation software package for the Mac…
Stop paying $$$ for software from Spacial Audio you’re just paying them to lurch from one disaster to another.
Another question I often get asked is will RadioDJ run on an Apple Mac?
Short answer: No as RadioDJ is written in .NET for Windows.
However there is a way to Installing RadioDJ on an Apple Mac but (unfortunately) it does involve a copy of Windows to be installed.
Download & install Oracle Virtual Box
1) Make a virtual disc image from a windows OS installer (.iso) give it a minimum of 1GB RAM.
You can find out how to do that from the Virtualbox Wiki page
2) Install the VirtualBox Extension Pack this can be found on the same download page as the Virtualbox downloads.
3) Install an SQL database server such as Maria DB
A guide to installing MariaDB can be found Here
4) Download RadioDJ and unzip this folder in the download below
(If the link isn’t working right click & “Save link as”)
5) Unzip RadioDJ onto the root (C\:) drive of your Windows install and give the folder full read/write privileges.
6) Install the RadioDJ database from the “databasesetup.exe” file inside the setup folder
7) Install Virtual Audio cables you can find these by searching Google
If all has gone to plan you should be good to start importing your music into RadioDJ and once you have that sorted you should be good to start streaming.
It’s really not that difficult to use RadioDJ and still be able to control it on a Mac.