SAM Broadcaster versus RadioDJ which piece of software wins?

Someone asked me to do a comparison between the 2 pieces of software.

SAM Broadcaster 2017 RadioDJv2

So I have…

Multiple Instances:NoYes
Trial Periods:Yes (14-day trial)None
Online activation:YesNo
Registration Keys:YesNo
Supported OS:Windows 7/8/104Windows 7/8/10
Built In Encoders:YesNo3
Audio Processing:Yes (built in)Yes (built in)
Aux players:2Customisable
Supported Databases:MySQL/Firebird/PostgreSQL/MSSQLMySQL/MariaDB
Stability:Users frequently report crashesReliable and stable6
Ease of use:Can be difficult to setup & use7Easy to install and use
Support:Via the Helpdesk or Forums2Via the Community Forum
File Types:mp3/wma/ogg/flac/m4a/aacmp3/wma/ogg/flac/wav5
Restrictions:Only 1 station per licenceNone

1RadioDJ will soon have a paid for version but the free version will still be available
2Support for SAM Broadcaster can be poor at times users can wait days for an answer
3Encoding can be done via a stand alone encoding program
4Older versions of SAM Broadcaster won’t work on Windows 8/10
5More file types can be added from the BASS Library (
6One user had 2 years uptime from RadioDJ v1.8.2
7There can be difficult PAL scripts to learn for advanced automation

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.

We feel SAM Broadcaster isn’t worth the money Spacial Audio charge for the program with its lack of reliability and crashing issues.

We’ve never seen where the ‘Value’ is in the software

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, keys or catches)

RadioDJ is available for use by any DJ (Budding or Professional) 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?

“Being free RadioDJ may be buggy and unreliable compared to software which you pay for”

The person who wrote that statement was Wrong!

RadioDJ isn’t full of bugs it’s quite an incredibly reliable & stable program! One user got 2 years uptime from v1.8.2.

We’ve used RadioDJ since 2011 & it has been really reliable & stable. It has NEVER let us down when we’ve used it for our automation needs.

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.

The worst issue over the past few years was an external disc drive that became corrupted and RadioDJ couldn’t read the files which lead to errors, again not the fault of RadioDJ

Once setup and working RadioDJ will work as an automation program should.

How To Install RadioDJ

Make the switch to RadioDJ today you’ll be glad you did!

Last updated on: 31st May 2019
at 15:31 PM Europe/London