The latest version of Sourcefabric's open source radio automation software now adds the ability to configure Icecast and Shoutcast streams in the browser, a button to listen to the station's output and multiple improvements to the playlist and calendar views.
Sourcefabric have also announced a new radio hosting and streaming service called Airtime Pro. Built on their successful open source software, which has been downloaded over 12,000 times this year, Airtime Pro delivers a ready-to-broadcast, cloud-hosted version of the GNU Linux-based application. Installation, set-up, upgrades, security updates, server maintenance and worldwide technical support all come included in the range of packages which start at $49.95 a month.
Originally developed to enable radio stations in conflict zones to control their broadcast remotely, Airtime has found new applications with organisations like London-based community station Resonance FM, innovative Polish youth station Bieszczady FM, Canadian newswire NationTalk, and even trans-territorial networks like West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR).
"Traditional playout system licenses and hardware can be prohibitively expensive," said Paul Baranowski, Sourcefabric's chief technical officer. "We wanted to offer radio stations a choice that saved both time and money, whilst retaining many of the features radio stations really need like sound processing, intelligent media archives that watch file activities, and the ability to record and rebroadcast a live show."
Airtime was part of the WADR platform that won a Knight-Batten Innovation in Journalism award in 2011 where the judges commended its integration with SoundCloud.
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