I’ve written a few posts on this blog pertaining to people looking for SAM Broadcaster keys/cracks/keygens etc…
When I wrote them I had no idea that those posts would take on a life of their own.
As far as I’m aware Spacial Audio don’t seem to think there’s a problem with people wanting pirated versions of their badly written software. Although they do put in several DMCA requests to Google every year.
Reading a topic on the Spacial forums from a user who’s having those dreaded “Buffering” issues with the encoders in SAM Broadcaster.
The SVS volunteers on the Spacial forums are trying yet again to blame the problem on the user’s connection.
It’s NOT the user’s broadband connection, ISP or even shoutcast/icecast server at fault, It’s the encoders in SAM Broadcaster being poorly coded. The user has already explained that their Internet connection is working as it should…
The SAM Broadcaster encoders have failed on us several times on several different computers with different ISP providers, They even buffered while streaming to a local shoutcast server on the same PC. So it’s not someones connection at fault.
Even the old winamp DSP plugin encoders would suffer from the same problem.
“It’s a long standing BUG in badly coded software”
Pirate radio stations are nothing new they’ve been on the go since the 1960s with Radio Caroline …
I can still remember two Scunthorpe DJ’s attempt at a pirate radio station. It was called WLNG & Broadcast on 104.9 FM on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the late 1980s.
There’s very little information about WLNG on Google just a couple of mentions in articles.
Fast forward to the pirate stations of today. It would appear to all intents that Haringey & Hackney Councils in London are having a crackdown on Pirate stations using their properties to broadcast from.
I can see why they’ve had a crackdown some of those aerials in the video below are badly cobbled together. Have to admit they look like complete eyesores on the top of buildings as well.
We would soon notice if a pirate radio station had put an aerial on the roof of our building. Mind they’d have to gain access to it first.
Our message to the Pirate radio stations being hassled by these Council/Ofcom officials.
“Why be a Pirate station on an FM signal with very little reach?
When you could potentially reach far more people by streaming on the Internet”
Internet Radio is the future of broadcasting & it’s not all that difficult to start your own online radio station.
You just need a decent PC (1GB of RAM would do) decent broadband connection, decent microphone and mixing desk, along with decent streaming/automation software and a Shoutcast/Icecast server.
We know of a lot of radio stations on the Internet that have been on the go for years and as far as we’re aware they have never owned a licence to stream.
So it seems NO one really checks if your legit or not on the Internet.
In any case you could just move your server to another IP if the authorities were snooping on your broadcasts.
It’s amazing how popular streaming online radio has become in the last 10 years. So it’s little wonder there are so many pirate stations.
Hopefully you shouldn’t have to worry about your transmission equipment or aerials being seized by officials.
Unless you were broadcasting some really bad content!
Sexism/Homophobia/Racism/Islamophobia/Jihad are definite no go areas when it comes to broadcasting even if you’re a pirate broadcasting from a bedroom.
Remember at the end of the day no one wants to listen to crap.
Last updated on: September 30th, 2016 at 10:30 AM Europe/London
Q: Have you ever wanted to start your own online Internet radio station?
Internet radio can be a really great hobby to have, Once you get used to how everything works it’s great fun. It can be daunting at first but don’t be afraid of searching Google or radio forums for tips and advice.
Most people think setting up an online Internet radio station will cost them lots of $$$.
It need not cost you anything to initially setup your own online radio station. (Not misleading!)
Yes you heard that right! You can start your Internet radio station for FREE with RadioDJ (Yes it’s really FREE)
You will need a decent PC with minimum of 1GB RAM and a decent broadband connection in order to stream successfully.
RadioDJ is a fully fledged radio studio automation package which once installed and configured works rather well at automating music/jingles/promos, Which of course is what the program was designed to do.
RadioDJ can be left alone for long periods of time to do what it does best.
An advert popped up on a forum a couple of days back for Shoutcast Streaming’s samPHPweb & samHTMLweb Web Hosting package.
Is it just me or does the advert actually sound like they only want to host your website if your a SAM Broadcaster user?
Doesn’t sound to me like they would host your website if you were using other software such as RadioDJ
Looking at the price of this website hosting service it’s not that expensive but you could probably do it yourself cheaper.
You could just set up a web server using WAMP on your home PC pointing your domain to your IP and take requests that way.
Or you could rent a VPS server from around $1.25 a month with a hell of a lot more storage space.
Hosting your own website gives you much more control over things especially when you run your own VPS.
You control what ports you have open etc. Unlike SAM Broadcaster RadioDJ only requires 1 port (SQL 3306) to be open for requests.
I started out with an Apache web server on my PC about 11 years ago and it worked great at the time.
In this day and age most broadband connections are pretty stable and fast.
So it shouldn’t be a problem hosting your own website on a home PC.
If you do go a for a VPS, have a look round. There are some pretty but choose what’s best for you and your location.
We have a self managed VPS and it’s usually rock solid and performs like a star. However every server has its limits and sometimes there are outages beyond our control.
It’s really not that hard running your own website. Once you learn how to get it working properly you’ll wonder why you ever paid a website host in the first place.
Remember when it comes to learning stuff like setting up your own web server or VPS Google is your friend not your enemy!
The information is out there if you search hard enough.
If Shoutcast Streaming is only pandering to SAM Broadcaster PHP/HTML users then that would be a shame as I could have pointed a few users of RadioDJ in his direction.
N.B: Running a home web server is dependant on external factors such as your upload & download speeds if you have a poor broadband connection then it may be a better option to look at hosting your website on a VPS.
Before anyone has a go at me!
I’m just pointing out that there are other “alternatives” when it comes to hosting a website/server. You don’t have a monopoly on website hosting!
Last updated on: March 26th, 2017 at 18:26 PM Europe/London
This is a standalone streamer that recently came to my attention. You can try it for yourself by downloading & unzipping SE Caster folder onto your C:\ drive
Please note: Some Antivirus programs seem to think there are viruses in the SE Caster program files but we can assure you we’ve scanned and scanned again using several online scanners. Kaspersky says the files are safe to use and that’s the one we trust.
Happy streaming! There are other streaming programs available but they aren’t listed here for reasons beyond our control.
N.B: Anyone wanting Edcast/Altacast standalone will have look elsewhere on the Internet we don’t supply those pieces of software from this website anymore.
Please note: While we do our best to test software we cannot guarantee any of the above software will work on your computer, Use at own risk. We are not liable for content on someone else’s website.
Last updated on: April 12th, 2017 at 12:58 PM Europe/London