Using Winamp To Automate A Radio Station?
A while back I saw a topic on the Winamp forums from a user wanting to use Winamp to automate the music for their radio station.
Do I need a plugin to make playlists so it operates 24 hours?Winamp is only good for listening to online Shoutcast Radio stations or to play a few music tracks.
If so, which plugins are the best?
I want Winamp to never stop, It will be used for a small radio station.
Winamp is nowhere near suitable for automating an Internet radio station.
Listeners expect high standards from streaming media these days.
You don't have any 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 silence between tracks with Winamp I never got it to crossfade properly I'd either have large gaps or a car crash of a crossfade.
Having large gaps of silence (dead air) between tracks isn't going to win many listeners for your Internet radio station!
Then theres having to change playlists, That's the downside of Winamp you have to change playlists manually.
It gets tiring to have to change playlists in Winamp yourself.
Unless anyone can tell me of a way that Winamp automates playlist changes? I'm not sure there is a way to be brutally frank!
I certainly never found a way to automate my playlists when I was a Winamp user way back in 2003.
People claim there are 3rd party Winamp plugins that could do this for you.
The Sad Fact: Most of those Winamp plugins were written years ago and may NOT be compatible with newer operating systems.
Thankfully there is more advanced radio playout software with RadioDJ
RadioDJ has a playlist builder and you can save play lists as .m3u or into the RadioDJ database then you load those playlists via events.
The best part about RadioDJ is it's 100% FREE for use by any radio station or budding radio DJ anywhere in the world.
No keys – No hidden fees – No activations – No contracts - No catches - No gimmicksHow To Install RadioDJ
RadioDJ crossfades smoothly between tracks & it also has the ability to load playlists/rotations/files at a set time via events or it can just be left to automate using track rotations to pull songs from the categories you choose.
Think of RadioDJ as the Swiss Army Knife of radio playout software.
RadioDJ has everything in it you need for automating Playlists & Music for an Internet radio stream.
RadioDJ is so much better at automating everything, Once setup and configured it will run for weeks/months/years
Windows updates are usually the only reason I need to restart Radio DJ.
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
Sorry Winamp you can't cut the MUSTARD when it comes to radio automation.
The Llama doesn't whip anyone's ass anymore!
Its clear Radionomy only wanted Shoutcast when AOL sold Winamp and Shoutcast for $5M Dollars.
Winamp has seen very little in the way of development since 2013
Winamp is sadly dead.
Technology has evolved far too much in the last 7 years for Winamp to be considered useful anymore.
Other software has better codec support.
Sure theres a Winamp 5.8 BETA BUT ITS A MESS and doesn't work properly.
Will we ever see Winamp 6?
I doubt it as theres no lead developer working on the software!
There are just a few users hanging onto the Glory years...