Which solution is right for me?
One of the frequently asked questions we get from customers is which solution better suits their needs, SAM Broadcaster Cloud or SAM Broadcaster Pro?
Both are excellent solutions, but when in doubt ask. Our Help Desk will happily help you decide which solution best suits your needs. If you wish to become a DJ with an existing station then SAM Broadcaster Pro might suit you better. If you want to start your own Internet radio station then SAM Cloud is definitely the solution for you. Each SAM Broadcaster Cloud service includes a SAM Broadcaster Live DJ license for the Station Manager as well as 5 additional licenses for station DJs. Additional licenses can be added in bundles of 5 licenses for only $5
If you are still unsure, why not convince yourself with a free trial of both options?
Each SAM Broadcaster Cloud service include a SAM Broadcaster Live-DJ license for the station manager as well as 5 additional licenses for station DJs.
Additional licenses can be added in bundle of 5 licenses for only $5
You do not require a cloud backup to take over when your live stream goes down.
You broadcast on a private network not connected to the internet.
You wish to stream directly to your own SHOUTcast or Icecast servers without using cloud as your central distribution platform.
You do not mind building and maintaining your own infrastructure.
You use the software mostly as an advanced playback system and do no streaming.
You broadcast over the air via AM/FM (See Terrestrial Radio for details)
You need to broadcast in a format not currently supported by the cloud, i.e. mp3PRO, Ogg and Windows Media.
SAM Broadcaster Cloud provides a free Live-DJ key to each DJ login for your service. Live-DJ is very similar to SAM Broadcaster PRO with only a few minor differences. SAM Broadcaster PRO can do everything SAM Broadcaster Live-DJ can do, but the reverse is not true.
Live-DJ requires Cloud login
Live-DJ requires you to be logged into SAM Broadcaster Cloud in order to use the software. Thus you require an internet connection to use the software. The Cloud login is optional in SAM Broadcaster PRO and can work even without an internet connection.
Live-DJ streams a single high quality audio stream to the Cloud which then gets re-encoded (aka. transcoded) to all the supported formats configured by you in cloud. This includes streaming to SHOUTcast, Icecast, Live365 and other compatible servers.
SAM Broadcaster PRO can (optionally) do the above and also at the same time stream directly to your own streaming servers. This means you can potentially be streaming many streams to your streaming servers which takes a lot of quality bandwidth to do reliably.
SAM Broadcaster Cloud does not support streaming Ogg or Windows Media which is supported by SAM Broadcaster PRO.
Try SAM Broadcaster Cloud for as little as $5 and then try SAM BROADCASTER PRO for FREE during the trial period. This should give you plenty of opportunity to make a more informed decision. Don’t forget to view our videos covering how to use the solutions to see how they can help your station succeed. Feel free to contact us – we have helped thousands of stations run professional broadcasts and we can help you too.