Saw a topic on the Winamp forums 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.”

Winamp is only really of any use if you want to listen to an online radio station or play a few music tracks from the same album. It’s nowhere near suitable for automating an Internet radio station with.

You don’t have any proper artist/title/album separation rules in Winamp. So you’re just going to hear the same songs/artists/tracks over and over.

“You get lots of awkward silence between tracks with Winamp, I could never get it to crossfade or detect silence properly. Having large gaps of silence (dead air) between tracks isn’t going to win you many listeners”

People listening to an online radio station expect higher standards these days. Having a naff sounding stream won’t win you many listeners.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!

“You don’t need to use Winamp to stream your online radio station it will make you sound like an amateur”

Thankfully there is more advanced radio automation software these days with RadioDJ

RadioDJ crossfades properly & it also has the ability to load playlists/rotations/files at a set time via events & it can just be left to automate using track rotations to pull songs from the categories you choose.

“That’s one of the downsides of Winamp: You have to change playlists/folders manually and that gets tiring and cumbersome”


RadioDJ is so much better at automating everything, Once setup and configured it will run for days/weeks and even months, Windows updates are usually the only reason we need to restart the software.

“The best part about RadioDJ is it’s FREE for use by any radio station or budding radio DJ anywhere in the world. No Catches – No Keys – No Hidden Fees – Just amazing radio automation software”

If you haven’t discovered RadioDJ give it a try today! Once you get used to it we can guarantee you’ll LOVE IT!

Yes RadioDJ runs using a database server but you needn’t be afraid of running a MySQL Server

How To Install RadioDJ

If however you run into any issues setting up RadioDJ you can find help on the Community forums

Sorry Winamp but you just can’t cut the mustard when it comes to radio automation these days!

Last updated on: 27th September 2018
at 14:12 PM Europe/London