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Frequently Asked Questions

More detailed information is available in the full online help documentation included with the trial editions of the software, available from the Download page.

Creator Questions

What does Creator do?
Why should I use Creator?
What is Voice Tracking?
How do Intro's & Outro's work?
What is a Category?
What is a Spot Group?
What is a Rotation?
What is a Schedule?

How do I schedule advertisements?

What does the Playlist Scheduler do?

Studio Questions

What does Studio do?
Why should I use Studio and not a free media player?
Does Studio keep a track of played advertisements for billing?
Why are spots not showing with the red dot icon?
Why are break notes not working?
Why are timed events not activating?
Why are some songs and spots fading out too early?
Can I use 3rd party scheduler with Studio?
How do I add Winamp plugins to Studio?
How do I stream on the Internet with Studio?

Why is there a delay in the Mic audio when using the Mic button?
Why do I receive DirectSound Buffer Underuns in the log?
Does Studio have multiple player decks?

General Software Questions

How do I configure SPL for satellite feeds and local advertisements?
How do I move my software to a new computer?

Stream Hosting Questions

What is live streaming?
Why do I need your services?
Why do I need a distribution server?
Which distribution server should I choose?
Which stream codec should I choose?
Which bitrate should I choose?
How do I have my stream play from my website?
How can I display what song is playing on my website?

Creator Answers

What does Creator do?

Creator is a music/spot scheduler.  It basically selects audio files based on your specifications and writes the filenames to playlist files.  Playlists are usually generated daily or weekly.

The structure of the playlist files may be altered to suit the audio player application that will be reading them.  Playlist files may be loaded into audio players such as Winamp, Windows Media Player etc, or loaded by proper radio broadcasting playout software, including our own Studio software.
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Why should I use Creator?

With Creator, you are able to design the structure of every hour of the day.  Hourly rotations are defined by selecting a mixture of music categories and spot groups.  Each category may be a different genre of music, tempo, age, etc, so you can, for example, inhibit two fast rock 90's songs from playing consecutively.

Different days of the week, or hours of the day, often require a different format.  Once the structure has been defined, Creator can generate playlists week after week with no maintenance required, unless spots such as advertisements need to be added or removed.

Creator can also schedule spot groups (advertisements, jingles, stations ID's etc) to play at specific times when used with compatible playback/automation software, such as StationPlaylist Studio.

Creator has many other features such as • song and artist repeat protection so the same songs, or songs by the same artist are not played too close together • creates an interactive web based playlist for the entire week for your DJ's or listeners to see what's coming up • generates a summary of all selected songs for royalty payment purposes • and a summary of spots for billing purposes • and many more features (see the Products page).
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What is Voice Tracking?

Voice Tracking (only available in Creator Pro) provides a way to easily and quickly record and insert voice announcements into the playlist at manual or pre-determined positions in the playlist.  This makes your station sound live when unattended.

Voice tracking provides a way for a DJ to pre-record an entire show within a few minutes, allowing more time to do other things, or simply leave the studio.

StationPlaylist Studio Pro supports playing voice tracks simultaneously with the beginning of the next song, so this combination provides a seamless "live" show for the listener.
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How do Voice Intro's and Outro's work?

Voice Intro's and Outro's may be recorded for individual songs or artists.  When a song is selected, an optional intro or outro matching the song or artist may be accompanied in the selection.  This feature initially requires some investment in time to record the announcements, but the station can sound live in an automated situation with no voice tracking required.

As with Voice Tracking (above), Voice Intro's may also be overlapped with the beginning the of song when using Studio Pro for the playback automation software.
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What is a Category?

A Category is a list of music audio files which are related to a particular genre, tempo, age, or whatever criteria you like.  The more categories that are defined, the more control you have over the structure of each hour (rotation).

Category items (tracks) are generally selected randomly, whereas spot group items are generally selected sequentially (alphabetically).

Audio files may be specified individually in each category, however, we suggest that all music files in each category are moved into their own folders on the hard drive.  ie. Each category relates to a folder.  This is recommended for two reasons.
1. Creator works faster and more efficiently.
2. New music files do not need to be manually entered into a category.  Music files need only to be copied to the correct folder and Creator will use them in the next playlist creation.  This means little or no maintenance required.

Categories are used in rotations.
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What is a Spot Group?

A Spot Group is usually a group of jingles, advertisements, or a group of station ID's etc.  They are also often used for lengthy programmes such as a weekly programme of pre-recorded talk shows, etc.

Unlike Categories, Spot Group items (tracks) may be selected sequentially in a specific order or alphabetical order.

Like Categories, Spot Groups may be added to rotations, but may also be set up as Timed Events where they are scheduled for a specific time.
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What is a Rotation?

A rotation is made up of a list of categories and spot groups which add up to roughly 60 minutes of play time.  Here is a shortened example of a possible rotation:

Station ID (spot group)
New Music (category)
Pop Slow (category)
Ad - CD Warehouse (spot group)
Station ID (spot group)
Pop Fast (category)
Male Rock (category)
$20 ads (spot group)
$20 ads (spot group)
Station ID (spot group)
Pop Slow (category)
Female Rock (category)
etc

When a playlist is created, an item is selected randomly from each category, and sequentially from each spot group.  Many different rotations may be defined for different hours of the day.  The hours and days where a rotation will be used is defined in a schedule.  Other types of entries are also possible in a rotation such as voice track markers and break notes.
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What is a Schedule?

A schedule defines which rotations will be used in each of the 24 hours of a day.  Multiple schedules may be created for different days of the week, or one schedule may be used for all 7 days.  Multiple schedules provide for different music formats on different days of the week.
Note: Creator Lite supports only two Schedules.
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How do I schedule advertisements?

Creator is primarily a music and jingle scheduler.  It is not specifically designed to schedule commercials, although many successfully use Creator to schedule commercials.

Traffic/billing schedulers are dedicated to scheduling commercials and also provide a client billing facility.  These can save a lot of time, particularly when many advertisers are involved, and when each client wants their ads scheduled at specific times of the day.

Creator Pro integrates with 3rd party traffic schedulers, using the Traffic Importer in the Playlist Editor.  One example is The Traffic Light priced from US$195.  See the Traffic Log Importer chapter in Creator’s documentation, under the Playlist Editor chapter.

Users often adopt their own system of scheduling commercials with Creator.  Here are some of them.

Random Method

This method can be the easiest to setup and manage, providing you have a limited range of advertising packages, and advertisers do not dictate when their ads will be scheduled.

Place all the commercials in one large folder on the hard drive and create one spot group for this folder. Set the Sort Type to Randomly.

If you have say 2 or 3 different advertising packages with a different amount of placements per day, create 2 or 3 spot groups instead of 1.

Now schedule the spot group in your rotation(s).  For example, if you have 4 advertisements that need to be played 6 times over a 12 hour period, 2 ads per hour must be scheduled in the rotation...

6 Per Day Ads
6 Per Day Ads
Station ID

This method is very easy to set up and manage provided the number of ads in each spot group are kept at a constant number.  When an advertisement finishes, either add a new advertisement to replace it, or add a fill in jingle or ad for your own programmes.  This does not then require changes to the rotations.

But If additional ads need to be added to this group, the rotation will need to be modified to include an extra ad per hour (to handle 6 advertisers), or a new commercial break at a different time of the hour.

Only a small number of rotations may be required using this method, perhaps only 1 rotation, and the spot group, rotations, and schedules should not need regular adjustments from day to day.

Block Method

This method requires one spot group for each commercial break.  This provides full control over what is played when, and allows the number of commercials in the commercial break to vary from one day to the next, without the need to adjust the rotations or schedules on a regular basis.

In this method, a set of files are usually individually added to each spot group associated with a commercial break.  Set the Spot Group Type to Block.

To schedule the ads in the precise order specified, set the Sort option to Per Folder/Unsorted.  Otherwise Randomly is a good option if you intend to use the same set of commercials in other commercial breaks during the day.

Add the Spot Group once to a rotation to schedule all the ads at once.

This method will often require a rotation for each hour that you advertise.  If this is 24 hours a day, then you may need 24 rotations, unless some commercial breaks are to be repeated.

Adjustments to each commercial break spot group  or folder may be required every day to ensure the same commercials are not always played together in the same break.

Some operators use a spreadsheet to design what ads should be played and when, and the files moved into the required spot groups every day, for the following days playlist.

Individual Method

In this method, a spot group is created for each advertiser.  The spot group is then placed in the specific desired locations in many rotations.

This method also requires up to 24 rotations for unique placements every hour.

Adjustments to each rotation is likely to be required every day to ensure the same commercials are not played in the same order every time.

Some operators use a spreadsheet to design what ads should be played and when, and the rotations modified every day, for the following days playlist.

Manual Method

If only a few commercials are to be played, the Playlist Editor facility in Creator can be used to simply insert the files into any position in any hour of the generated playlist.  The Playlist Editor supports drag & drop from a Windows folder, or use the Insert dialog.
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What does the Playlist Scheduler do?

StationPlaylist Scheduler (included in the Creator package) is a small system tray application which loads hourly playlists into a simple audio player (preferably Winamp) every hour.  This provides a very basic and budget automation solution where the power of Studio and other automation / live DJ assistance applications are not required.

The Scheduler is also able to load Creator every day or week to automatically generate a new set of playlists, for unattended automation.
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Studio Answers

What does Studio do?

Studio is basically a sophisticated audio player with special features that radio stations need.

Studio is most often used to automatically load playlist files every hour, and play the audio files in an automatic or live assistance (manual) mode, as scheduled by Creator or other music scheduling software.

Studio is most useful with a music scheduler, however, Studio can also be used without a scheduler, where tracks are inserted manually for doing live shows.
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Why should I use Studio and not a free media player?

Winamp and other simple media players are only suitable for very basic automation requirements.  Studio provides many advantages for automation, such as
• Includes an intelligent automatic crossfading system which works very well with 99% of all tracks, but for those that need tweaking, it supports manual cue and segue positions on individual tracks.
• Take news or external feeds at specific times for a specific duration via line input and internet streams.
• Voice tracks can be overlapped with song ramps to simulate a live DJ talk-overs while automated.
• Timed Events may be played at precise times.
• A personalized Now Playing web page can be incorporated into your website.
• Automated time and temperature announcement files can be played.
• Play will begin at the scheduled position in the playlist after a power failure.
• Studio can be scheduled to stop playing for certain hours of the day.
• and many more features.

However, Studio is also valuable in assisting DJ's/presenters/announcers with their live shows.
 • Instant jingles (carts) can be easily played at any time.
• the carts can be displayed on a permanent form on a second monitor for instant access (mouse/touch screen, or keyboard shortcuts).
• announcement breaks can be planned ahead of time.
• a number of tracks can be selected to play sequentially and then stop for a live announcement.
• easily preview upcoming tracks with a second soundcard.
• automatically lower the music volume while over-talking with the mic.
• the mic can be toggled automatically when play starts and stops.
• the line-in mixer can be controlled directly from Studio with optional fade.
• easily insert requested songs by searching the song library with a portion of an artist and/or title.
• and many more features.  See the Products page for more details.
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Does Studio keep a track of played advertisements for billing?

Studio Pro can generate a detailed CSV log file of every spot played.  This file can be loaded directly into a spreadsheet and filtered to produce spot summaries for advertisement billing purposes.  Studio can also record each song played for royalty recording purposes.
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Why are spots not showing with the red dot icon?
Why are Break Notes not working?
Why are timed events not activating?

If you are using Creator to generate the playlists, the Playlist Format option in Creator needs to be changed to the StationPlaylist Studio selection.  This is necessary for Studio to recognize spots, break notes, and timed events.  This option is on the Playlist Options tab.
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Why are some songs and spots fading out too early?

Studio provides an intelligent automatic crossfading system.  This starts the next track playing when the last peak volume of the current track drops below -17 decibels at the default setting.  This system works very well for most tracks, but in some cases, manual adjustments may be required.  There are several solutions.
  • Manually specify a segue position for a track.  This can be done in the Track Tool available from Creator and Studio.  Or use Track Properties and set the Segue position to 0.  This will play the entire track with no crossfading.
  • Adjust the automatic crossfade parameters on the Input options tab.  Change the Segue DB setting to say -20db.  All tracks will fade out to a lower volume before the next track starts.
  • Apply some waveform compression to spots so that the volume is reasonably consistent throughout the track.  This can be done using an audio editor.
  • Turn off crossfading for all spots.  This is an option on the Input options tab.  Note that spots will still crossfade if a manual Segue position has been established for an individual track.

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Can I use a 3rd party Scheduler with Studio?

Yes.  Studio can read standard M3U playlists which some schedulers can generate, however, to use some of the advanced features of Studio, a special playlist format is required which only Creator natively supports.  The advanced features include support for timed events, break notes, and voice track overlapping.

However, StationPlaylist Creator has a Music Log Importer feature for importing fixed column daily log files and creating the required playlists for Studio.
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How do I add Winamp plugins to Studio?

Studio can utilize Winamp DSP plugins for such things as audio compression/limiting and internet streaming.  Copy the dsp_xxx.dll file to the StationPlaylist\Engine\Plugins folder.  Some DSPs have supporting files which also need to be copied to either the Engine or Plugins folder.

Studio also supports some Winamp General plugins, which are installed to the StationPlaylist\Studio\Plugins folder.
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How do I stream on the Internet with Studio?

Studio comes with a stream encoder implemented as a DSP plugin.  This supports WMA, MP3, AAC+, and Ogg Vorbis stream encoding for Icecast, Shoutcast and Windows Media servers.  Enable SPL Encoder on the Mixer tab in the Output options page.

See the Internet Streaming chapter in Studio's help documentation for more details.
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Why is there a delay in the Mic audio when using the Mic button?

Studio records the Mic audio from the soundcards recording device digitally, optionally processes the audio using compressor/limiter DSP plugins, and then outputs the audio to the soundcards output device via Windows DirectSound.  The recording and output stages require buffering to prevent stuttering in the audio playback.  At the default settings, the output Buffer Size is 500ms and the input Buffer Size is 100ms, so the delay is at least 600ms.  On super fast PC's which have no other applications running, it can be possible to use an output Buffer Size of 200ms and an input Buffer Size of 75ms.  This reduces the delay to roughly a quarter of a second.

The best solution is to not use Studio's Mic system at all, and install a hardware mixer for all external audio including microphones.  These have headphone monitoring capability with no delay.

Another solution is to use the Monitor system in Studio.  This is configured in the Output options / Mixer tab.  If a separate soundcard is installed, Studio can send all audio excluding the Mic audio to this device. Therefore no delay or echo is heard in the headphones.

For Internet broadcasters with one soundcard, there are settings in the Mic Input options which can switch to the Monitor and back again when the Mic is activated, without affecting the internet stream.  Check the checkboxes "Toggle Monitor" and "Mute Mixer".
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Why do I receive DirectSound Buffer Underuns in the log?

This can be caused by HyperThreading in Intel CPU's.  This may be disabled in the computer BIOS.  Other possibilities include an underpowered CPU, or the CPU is too busy running other tasks.  In this case increasing the DirectSound buffer size should help.  This may be done while play is stopped in the Output options.
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Does Studio have multiple player decks?

Yes and no.  We decided to not go down the path of emulating multiple CD decks. We realize some DJ's prefer a more hands on approach, or have become accustomed to manually starting and fading multiple players with other broadcasting software, but we wanted to automate everything as much as possible without the need to manually control multiple players.

Studio internally utilizes 4 audio file players, 2 for the main player for songs and spots with crossfading, 1 voice track player, and 1 cart player. The software takes care of all mixing and volume reductions while overlapping etc in automation mode.

The 2 main players may be output to independent sound devices.  When this is done, Studio will not artificially fade tracks playing while in live assistance mode.  This effectively works like 2 player decks which can be controlled manually in an external mixer.  The voice track player and cart player can also be output to independent sound devices on the Output options page if desired.

The cart system may be used for overlapping tracks playing in the main player.  This supports loading up to 96 individual tracks, usually used for backing music, jingles, and sound effects. As mentioned, this can be output to a different sound output device for manual mixing if required.
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General Answers

How do I configure SPL for satellite feeds and local advertisements?

We will assume in this example that traffic software will be used for scheduling the commercials.  Creator will be used for scheduling both the satellite feeds and importing the traffic log.  See the Traffic Log Importer chapter in Creator’s documentation, under the Playlist Editor chapter.

The above chapter instructs you to insert commercial break notes into your rotations.  Each commercial break is given a Minute value which must match the minute value of the commercials in the traffic log.

In Rotation Properties, click the Insert Break Note button. Tick the Commercial Break checkbox. Enter a Minute value.

The same rotation will need a break note for the satellite feeds.  For example, if you have 3 commercial breaks an hour, your rotation may look something like this…

Station ID (spot group)
1500: Satellite Feed (break note)
*Comm Break=20 (break note)
Station ID
1500: Satellite Feed
*Comm Break=20
Station ID
1500: Satellite Feed

The 1500 specifies the maximum number of seconds the satellite feed would ever need to play solidly for before a commercial break is triggered. This needs to be longer than you will ever need. In this case I’ve specified 1500 seconds (25 minutes). You could make it 3600 (1 hour) to be on the safe side.

A duration only needs to be specified for the satellite feed, not the commercial breaks.

The duration isn't utilized at all when a trigger is detected by Studio.  A trigger tells Studio to stop playing the feed and start the next track in the playlist.  The duration is only used if no trigger is detected.  Triggers include TCP or serial port commands, or contact closures from a satellite receiver.

Uncheck the Time Checking checkbox in the Rotation Properties.  You may need more than 1 rotation if a different number of commercial breaks are required at different times of the day.

In Studio, you need to set an option to ensure a break note with a duration will open the line input. In Studio’s options, go to Input / Line Input tab. Tick the checkbox “Break Note Line-In Control”.
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How do I move my software to a new computer?

The software licence permits 2 current installations for supporting the same station/service, so if you have only one current installation, you may install the software on a new computer before uninstalling from the current one if you wish.  If you already have 2 computers running the software, one of them will need to be uninstalled first. This will not lose any configuration data.

If you wish to transfer the configuration data, before uninstalling Creator, select Backup Data on the Tools menu.  At default settings, this copies all relevant files to a folder named Backup under C:\Program Files (x86)\StationPlaylist or similar.  You may now uninstall Creator.

To install on the new PC, all you need are the installation programs you downloaded at the time of purchase, and the registration details provided in the purchase emails (serial numbers and 20 digit codes).  If you don't have the installation programs or registration details stored somewhere safe, we can provide these while you have a current support & updates subscription.

Once you enter the serial number and code for Creator and Studio, the software will display an unlock window asking for an unlock key. If the PC has internet access, click the large button containing the http URL and a web page will appear where you need to enter only your email address, and an unlock key will be emailed to you.

After installing and unlocking the software on the new PC, ensure Studio and Creator is terminated, then copy the Backup files to the StationPlaylist\Data folder.

It is best to copy all audio files to the identical folder structures, but if this is not possible, while Creator is loading, answer "No To All" to prevent the tracks being removed from the categories.  On the Tools menu select "Category Path Replacement".  Here you can replace a path or portion of a path in all categories and spot groups.
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Stream Hosting Answers

What is live streaming?

Live streaming involves encoding the audio produced on your PC to a stream format, which is then uploaded continuously to a stream distribution server which listeners connect to.  The audio is usually produced by radio automation software, such as StationPlaylist.  Live audio from microphones can be included just like a real radio station.

The alternative to live streaming is on-demand streaming, where you upload your audio files to a hosting company.  We do not provide this service.
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Why do I need your services?

Each listener to a stream uses internet bandwidth.  We provide the bandwidth usually at a much lower cost than your ISP can provide.  A DSL internet connection does not usually provide enough bandwidth to make streaming viable directly from your IP.  It will only support perhaps 6 or 8 listeners at a reasonable bitrate.
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Why do I need a distribution server?

The audio is encoded to a stream at your place, but listeners cannot listen to this stream.  It must be uploaded continuously to a distribution server which makes the single stream available to multiple listeners.  This is the software we install and configure for you on our server computers.
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Which distribution server should I choose?

We provide Icecast2, Shoutcast, and Windows Media servers.  Each one has advantages and disadvantages.  The answer also depends on the stream codec you will be using.  See the next question "Which stream codec should I choose?".

An Icecast Server supports MP3, AAC+, and Ogg Vorbis codecs.  It is open source software which is newer than Shoutcast and has several features not found in Shoutcast.  Choosing this server will get your station automatically listed on the Icecast Directory.

Our Icecast2 servers are customized to support the Flash media player for AAC+ and MP3 streams.

A Shoutcast Server supports MP3 and AAC+ codecs.  Choosing this server will get your station automatically listed on the Shoutcast Directory.  This directory is very popular and can boost listener numbers.  However, only MP3 streams can be played by a Flash media player from a Shoutcast server.

A Windows Media Server is required when streaming with the Windows Media Audio (WMA) codec.  It is difficult to get listed on the Windows Media Radio Directory, but WMA provides some advantages as mentioned in the stream codec question below.

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Which stream codec should I choose?

There are advantages and disadvantages for using different codecs.  A number of stations provide 2 codecs to gain the advantages of both.  For example, A WMA stereo stream and a MP3 mono stream using a Windows Media server and Shoutcast server.  Also see the next question "Which bitrate should I choose?".

AAC+ Advantages:  This codec is the newest and provides the best sound quality of all codecs at bitrates of 64k and below.  Even at 24k, the sound is very pleasant in stereo with adequate treble, and excellent for listeners with dial-up internet modems.  It is compatible with Shoutcast and Icecast servers.  A 64kb/s stream provides very good quality stereo quality.

In combination with Icecast2 server, media players written for Flash may be placed on a website to play AAC+ streams.  This is not possible with Shoutcast server.

Most smart phones can play this codec directly.

AAC+ Disadvantages:  Being the newest codec, there are less audio players that can play this stream format outside of Flash.  Some that do are Winamp v5, Foobar2000, XMPlay, Screamer, VLC for Mac/Linux.  Windows Media Player 12 can, but listeners with older versions of WMP need to download this plugin first.

WMA Pro Advantages:  This is the main codec supported by Windows Media Player, and most PCs have this player installed by default, and is therefore very accessible.  It provides much better sound quality than MP3 at the same bitrates, and very similar to AAC+ at 32kb/s or higher.  A 48kb/s stream provides better than FM stereo quality.  Windows Media Player can be easily integrated into a website

WMA Disadvantages:  A website media player is only compatible for listeners running Microsoft Windows, and the 2 browsers Firefox and Internet Explorer.

MP3 Advantages:  Being the oldest codec of the 4, it has the most player support.  Almost every audio player supports playing MP3 streams without downloading plugins on Windows, Linux, and Mac.  It is compatible with Shoutcast and Icecast servers and Flash media players.

MP3 Disadvantages:  Being the oldest codec, it produces the worst sound quality of all 4 codecs.  A higher bitrate (at a higher cost) must be used to provide a reasonable sound quality.

Ogg Vorbis Advantages:  This codec provides the best sound quality of all other codecs at bitrates over 80kb/s, and much better than MP3 at any bitrate.  Most listeners listening to quality 3 or higher would find it difficult to tell the difference from the original CD.  It is a patent free and open source codec.  The other 3 codecs are proprietary.  Player support is very high in Windows, Linux, and Mac.  One Flash based media player supports playing Ogg Vorbis streams.

Ogg Vorbis Disadvantages:  Although many players support playing Ogg Vorbis streams, Windows Media Player and Real Player require a plugin installed by the listener -- WMP Plugin, Real Player Plugin.  AAC+ provides better sound quality than Ogg Vorbis at bitrates of 80kb/s and lower.  It requires an Icecast Server for distribution, and is not compatible with Shoutcast Server.
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Which bitrate should I choose?

The answer depends on which codec you decide to use, your budget, and how good you want the audio to sound to your listeners.

Here is a list of codecs with the bitrate that in our opinion provides a sound quality that is very nice to listen to, with treble response at 16khz or higher.

High Quality

 
AAC+ (HE-AAC) 64 kb/s
WMA Pro 64 kb/s
Ogg Vorbis 80-90 kb/s (VBR quality 1)
WMA 96 kb/s
MP3 128 kb/s

Here is a list of lower bitrates which provide reasonable sound quality that is still very pleasant to listen to.

Medium Quality

 
AAC+ (HE-AAC) 32 kb/s
WMA Pro 32 kb/s
Ogg Vorbis 48-54 kb/s (VBR quality -1)
WMA 64 kb/s
MP3 96 kb/s

Lower bitrates can be achieved by streaming the audio in mono rather than stereo, and still provide a pleasant listening experience.

WMA Pro is a newer codec and provides significantly better quality than plain WMA.  StationPlaylist Studio and Streamer both support encoding WMA Pro streams.
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How do I have my stream play from my website?

There are 3 options.
1.  You can simply advertise the stream server URL as a link on your website.  We send you the stream URL when you purchase a stream plan.  A visitor simply clicks the link which will load his default media player and play the stream.  For example: Listen

2.  For MP3 streams, plus AAC+ and Ogg Vorbis streams on Icecast2 servers, you can embed a media player written for Adobe Flash.  There are some free and commercial players available, such as FFMp3, FLV Player, JW Player.  These players will work no matter what operating system or browser the listener is using.  To add this player to your website, you will most likely need to hire a website developer, or copy the HTML code on this page.

Here is an AAC+ player written for Flash.

You may download this free Flash media player and example html code using this link.

3.  For Windows Media, a Windows Media Player ActiveX plugin can be embedded in a web page.  At the time of writing, this works with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers only, and requires the listener to be running Microsoft Windows operating system.
Your browser doesn't support media player plugin

These players have been set to not start playing automatically, but this is possible with a simple change of a parameter.

To add these players to your website, you may need to hire a website developer.  Alternatively, if you have some experience, you may be able to copy the HTML code from this page and utilize it on your website.
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How can I display what song is playing on my website?

This depends on the player software you are using and whether it supports this feature.  Refer to the software documentation for details regarding website integration.

Our automation/player software, StationPlaylist Studio, supports creating an HTML, XML, or text file, and either uploading it to a web server via FTP, or directly access Studio's built-in web server.  This can be displayed or utilized on a web page.  You can see an example of what is possible with the Example Web Players on our Hosting page.  Previous tracks played and the next track can also be displayed.

Alternatively, www.getmarci.com provide a commercial service for $2.49 a month which incoporates a php script easily implemented into your website.

You may need to hire a website developer to integrate now playing information into your website.
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