In this section we will describe how to upload a playlist of music and broadcast this to your station.
What is AutoDJ?
AutoDJ is a term that describes the ability to broadcast to your SHOUTcast service 24/7 without the requirement of connecting a source encoder from your computer.
The MediaCP AutoDJ service provides features to:
- Upload music to the control panel
- Organise music into Playlists
- Schedule Playlists
- Schedule Intervals / Jingles to play by number of songs or by minute interval
Checking Meta Data on Media
Music files on your PC typically contain meta data which includes information such as the Title, Artist, Album and other information. This is important information that is displayed on the service and is also used to obtain Album Art Covers.
It is possible to easily check this on your PC by following these steps:
- Right click on media item and select Properties
- Select the Details tab
- You should now see meta data such as Title, Album and Year. If this information is not available then you can enter it here and Apply.
Checking multiple files
For checking multiple files and automatically apply meta data, we recommend instead to use software such as MP3TAG. This software is very popular and used commonly by broadcasters.
Before scheduling a playlist, you will need to upload music to the control panel.
- Login to your control panel
- Select Media Services
- Select Overview button next to your service
- Select Media from left side menu
- Drag and drop files from your PC here. You can also create folders to organise your music tracks. You also have the option of using FTP to manage your media files.
Music is shared between other Shoutcast or Icecast services attached to the account.
Playlists allow you to organise tracks and control when and how you would like the tracks to be broadcast. The MediaCP allows you to create and configure an unlimited number of playlists.
General Rotation Selecting a playlist to play on general rotation will set to play automatically when no scheduled playlist. The rotations can be configured with a Playback weight as well as at what times the playlists should play.
Jingles are played in between General Rotations or Scheduled Playlists. They can be set to play hourly or after a set number of tracks or minutes. Just like other playlists you are able to setup repeat protection, configure shuffling or interrupting and more.
The scheduling calendar allows you plan your stations broadcasts, and adjust them on the fly. Simply create an event at the time you would like and select the playlist you would like to play.
Then you can choose between the comprehensive recurring options. You can choose if playback will loop, shuffle and interupt. Using the interrupt setting you can have the event start exactly at a specific time and interrupt any existing content.