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Why Are SAM Broadcaster Requests A Pain to Setup?

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If you've ever tried to get SAM Broadcaster requests setup then you'll know just how FRUSTRATING it can be to get SAM to accept those requests. SAM requires two ports to be open to accept requests 1221 and 3306 You also need to enter the IP address of your website in the request handler in SAM in order for it to process requests. You have the option of two request templates in SAM a PHP or HTML one. If you use the HTML template requests are usually handled through Audiorealm. PHP website requests should be handled by your website and sent direct to SAM. Users struggle to get their requests working in SAM even if they have the right IP adresses to accept requests from in the request configuration. Unable to connect to 22.248.186.138:1221(Err#: 803)
Station might be offline, or connection is being blocked. A few years back there was some concern about the SAM PHP request system being compromised in so some way. A remot…

Free Radio Broadcasting Software (Radio Station Playout Software)

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I couldn't seem to find a great deal of totally free radio station playout software listed on Google. However software for broadcasting an Internet radio station with need not cost you lots of $$$/£££/€€€ Here are the best online radio software choices available right now. 1) RadioDJ free radio playout software.Q: Is Radio DJ really free ?A: Yes its 100% free for use by any DJ or radio station anywhere in the world. In the case of RadioDJ the word FREE really does mean FREE!You are FREE to use RadioDJ: When you want, Where you want, How you want. RadioDJ is a FREE radio automation program which knocks spots off paid for solutions. In the words of one user: Really loving the new version of RadioDJ. Definitely one of the most stable radio automation products out there and outshines even those you would have to mortgage the house to buy. RadioDJ can work for days/weeks/months without requiring a restart One user recently reported he'd had RadioDJ v1.8.2 working for 4 Years

You Have A Choice Of Automation Software

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When it comes to Internet radio automation software you have a choice... Do you pay out hundreds of $$$ for radio playout software or do you download a program for free? Personally I'd rather use something for FREE leaves more money to spend on studio equipment. I know from using various Forums over the years that hobby broadcasters don't always have $$$ to spend on software. Nearly everytime I test paid for radio playout automation solutions I come to the conclusion that they don't perform that well when up against free software such as RadioDJ. The demo versions of paid for radio software have such harsh restrictions that you can't try the software out to see how stable the program is.Whereas RadioDJ doesn't have any trial periods, keys or online activations. How To Install RadioDJ I'd rather help save someone from the hell that is a paid for product with very little in the way of support, The case in point being SAM Broadcaster People pay lots of $$$ for S…

You Don't Have To Be A Radio DJ To Use RadioDJ

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As you probably know by now I swear by RadioDJ free radio automation software. While RadioDJ is primarily built for use in a radio studio... You don't have to be a RadioDJ to use the program. I currently use Radio DJ for automating my large music collection at home. If you've converted your CD's to a digital format and you're looking for a program that is easy to use and great at automating your music collection then RadioDJ is the program you need. It's not really that difficult to get RadioDJ up and running. You just need to follow some basic Instructions and have a bit of patience. How To Install RadioDJ Once you have RadioDJ installed you will need to go into Categories to edit the categories you want your music to appear in. Then choose those categories for your music when you import music into the program, You sort out categories from the Options menu. Once you've sorted out categories you'll be wanting to import the music... You do t…

7 Years and NO Winamp?

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How Time Flies! Its about this time in 2013 when notices appeared on the Winamp website informing users AOL were shutting it down. As we all know Radionomy came to the rescue and bought both Winamp and Shoutcast in the January of 2014 Since then theres been a stream of releases of Shoutcast 2.x.x but apart from a (badly coded) BETA theres nothing as far as Winamp is concerned. Radionomy it seems only bought it for the Shoutcast portion, They don't appear to care much for Winamp They say theres a Winamp 6 in the works but from what I can gather there are NO lead developers on the job. Will we ever see a new all singing all dancing Winamp 6?I highly doubt it myself as I said Radionomy only wanted Shoutcast when they paid $5m to AOL.

Windows 10 For Free?

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I've been using a copy of Windows 10 Pro for a while now and I haven't paid to activate it. Yet it still functions like a normal copy of Windows. I run my copy of RadioDJ on it nearly everyday and for my needs Windows 10 does what it should. You're not supposed to be able to customise Windows 10 but there are ways around it if you know how. I've stopped a few services and used a program called WinAero to customise various bits. I've saved myself the best part of £150 by not paying for a Windows 10 Pro licence. I just hope Microsoft don't change it anytime soon, I quite like being able to use Windows 10 for free. Why in this age of digital subscriptions has Microsoft not included a hotfix to require all unactivated copies to reboot every 2 hours? That quote was from my Husband & he's right if you're not supposed to run an unlicensed copy of Windows 10 why haven't Microsoft blocked access to these versions? So if you're still using a…

Automatically Backup the RadioDJ Database

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Did you Know:You can backup the database in RadioDJ free radio automation software? its really easy to back up the database just set the folder you want the backups to go into. Then set an hour for it to take the backup at (24 Hour Clock) Leave the database setup tool minimised in the system tray. (Tick the box that says "Close to Tray") Thats literally all there is to backing the database up in RadioDJ. Unlike other well known Radio automation software RadioDJ backs up the whole database.With some software it doesn't backup all the SQL data which isn't great when it comes to restoring things should something go wrong.

Importing Tracks Into Radiodj (Installing Tracks In RadioDJ)

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So you've installed your RadioDJ database (Congratulations) Next you'll be wanting to import/install music tracks into the program. In RadioDJ you do this from the options menu or tracks manager. Important: If you get a message saying Import Failed then you need to select your soundcard from the Options Menu, remember to Restart RadioDJ for any soundcard changes to take affect. You have 2 options when it comes to adding music to RadioDJDirectory Import & Track ImportTip: Remember to sort your subcategories/categories out in category manager before you import a folder. You do that from the options>categories You select the subcategory/category you wanted the songs in and then click Import. Directory Import imports an entire music folder. You do that by clicking on the folder icon at the top right hand of the box and navigate to the folder you want to import. It may take a while to import large folders of music into the software. This is a limitation of MySQL co…

Non-Profit Community Internet Radio Station?

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Q: Do you run a community radio station online without making money from it? Are you a not for profit or community lead Internet radio station? Community / not for profit radio stations:are a type of station which does not have any adverts;are funded by investors;are run by volunteers;are influenced, owned by and operated in the community they serve; We believe that radio software shouldn't have to cost you hundreds of $$$ We can't stress highly enough just how great at radio automation RadioDJ Free radio automation software is. It truly outperforms other paid for radio automation software solutions, try it and find out for yourself! How To Install RadioDJ Even after software companies give you a discount on their software for being a not for profit radio station, you will find the paid for software solutions don't perform as well as the FREE software offerings. If that happens you'll struggle to get your money back & you'll be left out of pocket. If you run …

Transferring RadioDJ To A New Computer

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A couple of users of RadioDJ asked how they should go about transferring the RadioDJ settings to a new computer. F.A.Q: Are there files that I can copy and paste onto the new machine so it will have the same rotations, cue marks, events, and other settings? Moving RadioDJ to a new machine with the same settings is really easy as most of the settings are stored in the database. Just follow a few simple steps and it's easy as ABC 1) On the old machine running RadioDJ take a database backup using the database setup tool. This will backup rotations/playlists/songs/events transfer the .sql backup file onto a USB drive. Tip: Also backup the RadioDJ program folder onto the USB drive. This will preserve your settings. 2) Install MariaDB on the new machine. Once you have verified (mysqld.exe) is running as a service move onto the next step. Tip: Make sure you give the database the same password you had on the old machine. 3) Install the RadioDJ executable into C:\RadioDJv2 fol…

The Most Perfect Piece Of Music Playout Software

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Q: Have you ever found the most perfect piece music playout software?I have RadioDJ free radio playout software. I've tried LOTS of music software over my 20 or so years on the Internet. DSH Jukebox, Winamp, Real Player, Windows Media Player, Musicmatch, VLC. Some pieces of software were OK for playing music and some of them would crash if I tried adding a large folder of music into them. It was 2010 when I came across RadioDJ via a Google search and I haven't looked back since. RadioDJ has been the bedrock of my music automation since 2010. Its the most perfect piece of music playout software ever as it does what I ask of it everytime I go to use it. The BEST part about Radio DJ is that its ULTRA reliable it works for weeks/months/years without anyone needing to keep an eye on it. Running along side a MySQL server Radio DJ is really easy to use once setup and installed. Please don't let the fact that it needs a dat…

Creating A New SQL User

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In case you haven't already noticed MySQL tends to allow some pretty insecure permissions by default, allowing root access from any computer. This is a big problem, especially if you have port forwarding configured on your router to your MySQL instance. However you can easily create new users using any management interface, so we'll do it with HeidiSQL1) Launch HeidiSQL and sign in as root.
2) Select Tools>User Manager. First of all, we'll remove root access for remote hosts. There will be several accounts listed for root, from various locations. Select the root account that has just a % sign in the host column. This allows root access from any location, including on the internet and isn't recommended. On the right hand side, select the drop down and pick the local network that matches your LAN IP range (e.g. 192.168.%) This makes sure that when you're on your local network, you can still log in as root. Click save. Next we'll add a new restricted…

Why Does RadioDJ Rely On A MySQL Database?

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Saw this post on a forum on a post about RadioDJ free radio automation software The biggest fail with RadioDJ to me is the reliance upon a MySQL database. Q:So Why does RadioDJ rely on a MYSQL database?
A:RadioDJ requires MySQL to run some back end functions. Having an MySQL database makes programming on your website (PHP) really straight forward. You can show what’s currently playing or recently played or even take listener requests from your website. The fact RadioDJ relies on a database for some of it's functions is actually one of it's PLUS points. Some radio automation programs run with a flat file text based system and don't appear to have any form of web integration. WE never hear anyone question why other well known radio playout software has 4 different database options. With RadioDJ You can take a database backup on one machine and then easily restore it on another machine using the database backup tool. So you have all the same songs/rotation/events on…

Reasons Not To Use SAM Broadcaster Pro

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I can think of a few reasons WHY you might want to choose an alternative toSAM Broadcaster Pro or Studio 1) Lousy Customer Support:When SAM Broadcaster goes wrong (and it will) don't expect to get much help from Spacial Audio: 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 about the software. People have even taken to Social media to vent their frustrations at not getting much in the way of support. @spacial Sam Broadcaster tech support is consistently absent! Very frustrating! @spacial The worst tech support you will ever receive. An entire day went by, downgraded my urgency and now nothing is working@spacial support reps are the laziest people I’ve ever dealt with...
Forget wasting your money on this service.2) Quality and stability of the code:SAM Broadcaster is prone to crashing or freezing without warning & seemingly …

RadioDJ Database Maintenance (How To Repair?)

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So you've successfully installed and configured the RadioDJ database. Now you have it installed its a good idea if once in a while you do some basic maintenance to ensure optimum operation. Its not that difficult to maintain and backup your RadioDJ database. A backup of your SQL database is essential in case the worst should happen to your computer. First: We'll look at the RadioDJ database backup utility. Open database setup from the setup folder select the auto backup tab and set it to backup your database at an Hour when it's convenient for you. TIP: Backup your database to a directory or drive of your choice. You can never have too many backups!The database backup happens in the background, Tick the box that says close to the system tray. Close to tray and FORGET about it. Other automation software doesn't backup the whole database whereas RadioDJ does. Next we will move onto the other part of the maintenance with HeidiSQL HeidiSQL should have already be…

How to: Install RadioDJ free radio playout software

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Installing RadioDJ the easy way...We know it can be daunting and scary installing radio automation software for the first time.Especially if you aren't used to using software that requires a database, but don't panic it's not as difficult to setup as you might think.If you follow these easy steps and have a bit of patience then you should have the program up and running in no time. Q:Can I install Radio DJ offline? A: YES: All you need to do is download the MariaDB & RadioDJ software installation files.Your computer doesn't need to be connected to the Internet for the installation. There are NO Key Codes required to unlock the software.NOR are there any online activations required.How To Install:1) Starting off with a fresh clean install of your Windows operating system is usually a good bet. But its not necessary to re-install Windows if you don't need to.Important: You may experience performance issues if you have a system clogged up with junk files. Y…

Hey Microsoft I would like Stereo Mix back!

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Microsoft have a nasty habit of BREAKING things when they do a major update to Windows 10. The last major update saw them break Stereo Mix in the sound card settings. I can't listen to radio streams through my browser, I can't watch YouTube videos either... I've had to install Voicemeeter and Virtual Audio Cables to get the sound from RadioDJ to play over the speakers. For some strange reason the Voicemeeter Virtual Input isn't working correctly either I presume this is to do with the Microsoft Audio issues. I really hope that Microsoft get their fingers out and fix it in the next major update. A DJ without audio you just couldn't make this up. its annoying because theres a few things I would like to be able to record from YouTube. Hey Microsoft I would like Stereo Mix back!PLEASE!P.S:YES I have already tried updating sound card drivers but that hasn't helped matters. Update 14/09/2020: I've just installed a Windo…

You're Using A Pirated Version Of SAM Broadcaster Pro?

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The Spacial Audio social media guru is suggesting a user who is having issues with his SAM Broadcaster Pro activation is using a Pirated version. The user Tweeted that he was having issues with his SAM Broadcaster Pro Key@spacial explain to me why I emailed eight different people with an issue I have with SAM PRO & they all keep telling me my product code key is invalid? I paid $300 for this P.O.S Spacial Audio have come back with this response. Did you purchase your product directly from our website? If not, then there is a possibility that this could be a crack license. I can't wait to see what reply the user comes back with @spacialYou don't accuse customers of running pirated copies of YOUR software. Its why I hate paid for radio playout software that has keys or registrations/activations the support for those products can be pretty DIRE! The Spacial Audio helpdesk aren't the only ones to accuse users you get it quite regularly from the SVS Volunteers on …