Why Bother With Winamp?

I can’t help but notice that people are still using Winamp to stream their Internet radio stations with.

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While Winamp is a great little media player things have moved on in the last 15 years.

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Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 15:11 PM Europe/London

Using Winamp To Automate A Station With?

Saw a topic on the Winamp forums today, from a user wanting to use Winamp Pro to automate the music for his radio station.

“Do I need a plugin to make playlists so it operates 24 hours? If so, which ones are the best? this is for music playlists but I want Winamp to never stop, It will actually be used for a small radio station.”

 
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Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 15:39 PM Europe/London

Winamp Feature Req: Smart Crossfade

A user has posted on the feature request section of the Winamp forums asking the developers to include “Smart crossfading” in the next version.

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“Smart crossfade analyses the playlist and determines if the songs are in increasing sequential track order from the same album. If they aren’t (like in most random mixes) user defined crossfading is used”

 

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Winamp And Shoutcast Now Owned By Vivendi

I saw a post on the Winamp/Shoutcast forums this morning. It would appear Winamp and Shoutcast are now partly owned by a company called Vivendi.

“Winamp is back… in the hands of a major corporation: Vivendi has acquired a 64.4 percent stake in Radionomy, the European online radio services company that owns Winamp and Shoutcast as well as the online radio ad marketplace Targetspot.

 
Vivendi owns the likes of Universal Music Group, Canal+ and Dailymotion.

You can read more about this story at the following links.

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Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 18:34 PM Europe/London

Sam Broadcaster The Fisher Price Of Radio Automation?

I saw a tweet a while back about SAM Broadcaster & I have to say it made me laugh out loud.

“SAM Broadcaster is the Fisher Price of radio automation and shouldn’t be used by anybody

 
Personally I think that’s an insult to Fisher Price products at least their record player, radio & tape deck worked!

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Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 15:19 PM Europe/London

Oddsock Gen Song Request Plugin (Winamp)

Oddsock Gen Song Request Plugin (Security Risk)

I noticed a post on the Winamp forums where someone was asking for a song request plugin for the program.

Another user suggested they should use the Oddsock Gen Song Request Plugin.

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While the Oddsock Gen Song Request Plugin was great for interacting with listeners years ago.

Things have moved on somewhat especially in the world of Internet radio request scripts for websites.

“The Oddsock Gen Song Request Plugin is full of “Security holes” which in turn means the person using it could easily have their copy of Winamp hacked or worse their computer”

 
See this LINK for more information.

If you really need to have a song request page on your website then you should look no further than RadioDJ free radio automation software.

With RadioDJ you can use either a Demo web script or a WordPress plugin

Theses (PHP) scripts allow users to request songs from your website. These scripts aren’t that difficult to set up either.

You just need a web host that allows port 3306 access so the web scripts can talk to the MySQL database on your PC.

It’s gotta be better that than leaving your PC at the mercy of being hacked? As long as you choose a strong password for your SQL server when you set it up you shouldn’t have any issues with being hacked.

A Dutch Winamp fan site is still recommending the Oddsock song request plugin to anyone who visits their site.

They’ve obviously never heard about the security issues with the scripts…

If you do decide to use the Oddsock song request plugin then GOOD LUCK! You’ll only regret it when someone hacks the scripts and manages to crash Winamp!

Don’t say you weren’t warned!!

Last updated on: January 12th, 2017
at 12:24 PM Europe/London

Reasons Not To Use Sam Broadcaster

Reasons why you shouldn't use SAM Broadcaster

We can think of quite a few reasons you might want to choose an alternative to SAM Broadcaster, but here’s a collection we’ve put together.

Lousy Customer Support

When you pay $$$ for software you would expect help and support if something went wrong.

When SAM Broadcaster goes wrong (and it will) don’t expect to get much help from Spacial support:

@spacial. The worst tech support you will ever receive. An entire day went by, downgraded my urgency and now nothing is working. Thanks.

AnimeAMAZE (@animeamaze) March 9, 2015

 

@spacial I have had an URGENT technical support ticket open since Monday (Request #76899) with little to no help accept acknowledge receipt

Shawn Quinn (@RealShawnQuinn) October 7, 2015

The Spacial support department sends users the same old canned replies without actually helping anyone. Even the forums and social media accounts are staffed by people who don’t really care. The biggest complaint we see is from users having activation issues with their software and Spacial support not answering users tickets.

They promised to sort the customer service department out in 2013 & as far as we can see it still hasn’t happened.

The support department is supposed to be open 4 am to 4 pm CST (UTC-5), but they seem to work/reply when they feel like it!

Quality and stability of the code

SAM Broadcaster is prone to crashing or freezing for no reason whatsoever

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SAM Broadcaster has always had very poor stability and reliability we had nothing but headaches while trying use SAM.

Not a week goes by without us seeing someone somewhere on social media or a forum complaining about major issues with SAM.

There have also been reports of people missing their regular radio shows because the program wouldn’t co-operate.

“Things like that should never happen with radio automation software”

The price

Spacial charge $299-$699 for SAM Broadcaster. The program was originally made up from freely available Winamp plugins.

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SAM required Winamp to perform certain back end functions in v1.3 (Back in 1999) and was also prone to crashing without warning especially if you tried adding a large folder of music.

Since v2 SAM Broadcaster has been priced at $299 & the latest studio versions of SAM Broadcaster can cost up to $699

The price hike between the Pro and Studio versions means terrestrial (FM/AM) stations can now use their software, where as before it was restricted to just Internet radio.

(Note: You may not be given permission to use SAM Broadcaster in your country of origin)

Although we guess most terrestrial radio stations probably use software that costs thousands of $$$ NOT some badly designed college project that’s never worked as it was intended.

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We really can’t see where the “value” is in the program it’s just NOT worth the $$$ Spacial Audio ask for it.

The database structure

SAM Broadcaster seems to have a very badly written database structure which will also crash without warning if you don’t meticulously look after it. A database shouldn’t require more than backing up and a little light housekeeping.

When we first used the software we found we were having to rebuild the database every few days/weeks it became tiresome. Nothing much appears to have changed.

“Coding a website for SAM Broadcaster was a nightmare, It needn’t be difficult, It just is!” (TechMonkey)

The encoders

We’ve yet to see the encoders within SAM Broadcaster stream properly. The encoders are prone to buffering even if you have a reliable connection.

They even buffered with a local shoutcast server on a home network, that’s how poorly coded they are!

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“Unable to send data fast enough Encoding paused till buffer clears…”

We have yet to encounter buffering issues like this with other free encoding software.

PAL (Playlist Automation Language) scripts

Besides PAL scripts being difficult to program, PAL scripts are well known for crashing SAM Broadcaster due to the amount of memory leaks they cause (Especially if they’re written incorrectly!)

Racing audio

This a known issue with SAM Broadcaster that speeds up the file that is currently playing. It’s a known bug from at least 13 years ago that has never been addressed.

Windows 10 compatibility

Versions of the 4.x.x series of SAM Broadcaster will not work on Windows 10 (Even in compatibility mode)

The fact SAM Broadcaster 4.x.x won’t work on Windows 8/10 is down to a change in the way the program requires activation.

However it isn’t just us that think SAM Broadcaster isn’t worth the $299 Spacial Audio ask for the program.

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Save yourself the cash and the headaches by using Radio DJ FREE radio automation software.


Radio DJ is a FREE radio automation program that works 100 times better than SAM Broadcaster.

We know of someone running 4 radio stations with 4 copies of RadioDJ free radio automation software with NO issues. Another user has had RadioDJ v1.8.2 running 24/7 for over 12 months on a laptop.

We guess that says everything people need to know about RadioDJ free radio automation software!

RadioDJ is really reliable the only time we have to restart the program is when Windows updates require the computer to be restarted.

“You don’t have any silly restrictions with RadioDJ, You can use it where you want when you want and run as many copies of the software that you require”

 
In the unlikely event that something goes wrong with RadioDJ there is a great support network on the RadioDJ Community forums.

STOP paying Spacial Audio $$$ for their badly coded & overpriced software. You will only end up regretting it!

We wish we’d never used or paid for for the software in the first place.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:38 PM Europe/London

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