In this update we re-worked the server and auto-dj configuration pages, added monitoring and auto-restart capabilities and performed an overall code cleanup to speed browser loading and UI response.
Up to this point it was impossible for us to infer which customer was using the auto-dj feature or not, so monitoring of the auto-dj service has been enabled for all customers in the system. The monitoring system will automatically check and start the service if it is offline. If this is not the desired affect, login to BoomBox and disable the Monitor option in the Auto-DJ section of the services page.
(Montreal: January 10th, 2017) Today SoniXCast announced expansion of their retail hosting operations through acquisition of four Canadian stream hosting providers expanding their reach to include additional data center’s in the cities of Toronto, Dartmouth, Quebec and Vancouver making SoniXCast the largest retail stream hosting provider in Canada. The names of the companies involved in the acquisitions remain undisclosed by request of the outgoing proprietor’s pending a formal announcement that will be made once all legal formalities have been resolved.
The acquisitions involve customers on the popular CentovaCast platform which is a competitor of SoniXCast’s BoomBox software and the management team at SoniXCast has indicated that all customers will be converted over to BoomBox by the end of the year.
“BoomBox has reached a stage in which it can mirror many of the features found on many popular platforms including CentovaCast and customer demand is now pushing development to look beyond the legacy stream server platform.” SoniXCast founder and BoomBox lead developer Brian Walton stated today.
Today’s announcement comes right after bellmedia’s disclosure that they will be partnering with Clear Channel and SoniXCast to provide iHeartRadio media services in Canada on the AnyCastIP platform. Since partnering with Clear Channel last year, SoniXCast has expanded listenership 10 fold on it’s radio platform and expanded to 4 countries in the North American region.
As reported by the AP (www.ap.org)
Source Client Interruptions: Customers on cabhs33 and cabhs34 were experiencing issues with the server component dropping source clients at random times of the day. This was due to the fact that the newer systems had updated operating system kernels that included process prioritization which was incompatible with the shoutcast server executable which caused it to restart internally. We repaired the issue by excluding the shoutcast executable from the process prioritization queue and setting the process priority to maximum value. This issue did not occur on other servers in the SoniXCast cluster as they have an older version of the operating system installed without process prioritization support. However future system updates will include such support, so patches have been rolled out to all servers within the cluster in order to avoid future outages.
Event Scheduling Issues: Related to the previous issue, the transcoders (Auto-DJ) were not properly reloading, meaning that that setting changes and events were also not being reloaded. We’ve repaired this issue as well on all servers.
Development Updates: We’ve replaced the timer which polls services and makes the frontend more responsive for users with an updated timer that uses less resources and resolves the issue of high memory use in the browser.
Chock full of features at highly competitive prices, backed by our patented, ultra-fast, AnyCastIP network, our new Web Hosting program is built for those who want to spend more time broadcasting and less time administrating their web page. Here are some of the highlights…
New customers can save up to 20% when they order quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Existing customers receive an additional 25% off all hosting packages. Simply login to the customer area (https://www.sonixcast.com) and enter the promotion code IFXFQED879 when you order.
SoniXCast has partnered with UptimeRobot.com to provide real-time monitoring solution for all SoniXCast services. Useful for diagnosing connection problems, consumers can view the current status of all SoniXCast services including the BoomBox control panel, Api, CDN, Nameservers, Servers, AnyCastIP and corporate websites.
We are offering customers two status pages where they can check on SoniXCast Web Services:
https://www.sonixcast.com/uptime: Is our own homegrown solution which is built into BoomBox and all other Web Services and Sites and display’s verbose uptime graphs and status’ for each SoniXCast Web Service.
http://status.sonixcast.com/: Provided by UptimeRobot has been setup in case of the unlikely event that the SoniXCast CDN (provided by Amazon S3) goes down. Users will need to enter “SoniXCastStatus16” in order to login and view current status.
The SoniXCast platform (as you know) is community driven. We believe strongly in transparency and communication. Many of you who have switched from other providers find the concept very helpful and refreshing and as with any community, over time, subject matter experts begin to rise and become the guru’s on all things broadcasting. It behooves a company like ours to bring these experts together to work collaboratively on making our platform better, helping others and direct the future of web casting.
Our call for help (see: “We Want You“) generated more interest that we could have ever hoped for and we thank you all for applying. Out of that action we were able to put together a group of individuals (mostly volunteers) who not only had the technical and legal expertise to speak intelligently to all things SoniXCast, but who also exhibited the temperament, talent and desire to help others. We call them “The Magnificent 7”, because this group of individuals besides having great all round knowledge, also excel within their specialties offering a refreshing new perspective and insight to webcasting.
This unique group of specialists will offer their expertise to others here in the community and in social media and are the “Young Guns” who will rescue broadcasters from the throes of evil officials and bad broadcast providers the world over. Need a hero? Just contact them over social media using the hashtag #Mag7, the Mag7 group or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to announce the release of our Global Music Library (GML) for BoomBox 2.2. With it producers can choose from over 100,000 registered titles to add to their playlists. No more uploading, organizing or tagging tracks. Just search for the tracks you like or add all from a particular genre build your station in minutes instead of days.
We draw new titles from multiple worldwide sources, process ’em, tag ’em and put them up for use by SoniXCast Radio Station producers on a daily basis. Besides the usual sources (record company mustering), we also tap into the indie and creative commons libraries. Even language specific titles like from Germany, France and Asia!
Integrated directly into BoomBox (Our own homegrown Radio Automation and Control Panel), SoniXCast Radio Station Producers can quickly and easily search and assign tracks to playlists eliminating the need to tag, encode and then upload hundreds of tracks. Playlists are setup in minutes taking the drudgery out of building your Radio Station.
We’ve indexed over 30 possible search parameters for each title so that finding a title is as simple as entering a search term, hitting enter and choosing from the provided results. You can even limit your search by music genre. And it’s fast! We built specialized system designed specifically for managing large amounts of search queries. You’ll never wait long to find what you’re looking for.
Every track we receive from our worldwide partners is encoded for maximum performance and listening pleasure. Metatags are provided by iTunes and Echonest/Shazam! with no hidden messages or comments. So that your Station statistics are always clean and accurate compatible with all 3rd party players and statistics tools.
You can even preview a title or view track information before adding it to your playlist. View anything you need to know about a title from the Artist biography to broadcasting Bitrate, even the price to buy nearly instantaneously thanks to Apple’s iTunes powerful search API!
SoniXCast is the fastest growing Radio Station Provider in the industry. Have a song that you want to popularize or do you want to syndicate your Daily or Weekly broadcast? Simply contact our support department and we’ll not only get you setup in our rotation, but we’ll announce your content to over 1400 SoniXCast Radio Stations. More marketing and popularization features, so get on board early to take advantage of them while they’re still free.
It’s not like Internet Broadcasters in Europe don’t have enough headaches with out of control performance rights organizations, exorbitant fees and geo-blocking, according to sources at Radionomy (wiki), Live broadcasts are now being blocked for producers from Belgium and Germany and automated broadcasts (Auto-DJ) in general are being peppered with advertisements up to four (4) times an hour!
To re-cap, In March 2016, Radionomy was sued by SoniXCast partner Sony for copyright infringement and the resulting action was to block listeners from many countries (geo-blocking) from tuning in to Radionomy radio stations. The exact list of nations blocked has never been revealed, but according to our sources, Italy, Spain and Germany were the hardest hit.
Radionomy (which bought ShoutCast and Winamp from AOL in 2014) reached it’s peak in the wake of the slow but steady demise of Last.fm (wp) which quietly stopped providing radio services sometime in March 2015 leaving radio producers in a lurch and searching for a provider. At that time SoniXCast was still on the WHMSonic platform which offered very limited radio automation features and producers found themselves wanting spurring the development of their own radio automation software.
In typical Radionomy fashion, no announcement was ever made to radio producers that their Live Broadcast’s would be blocked and that heavy advertising and sign-in intro’s would be introduced. According to sources, only after putting a Radionomy representative on the spot, was it admitted that Radionomy made major changes to their system, network and service agreements. Radionomy has not yet made any official statements.
There were also reports that Radionomy was not deferring broadcasting fees to the Belgian PRO SABAM which may have precipitated the lawsuit from Sony, but this has never been officially substantiated.
Unlike Radionomy, SoniXCast (in business since 2006) defers broadcasting fees through SOCAN which has partnership agreements with almost all worldwide performance rights organizations according to their annual report. SoniXCast remains the official legal owner of all radio stations eliminating the quandary of “pirating” altogether.
All this activity has pushed the development of SoniXCast’s radio automation software BoomBox into overdrive in order to meet demand from producers left with little or no option. Remaining service providers offer no licensing and only basic streaming services. Now in “Extreme Agil” mode, features and patches are pushed out sometime’s hourly and already exceeds Radionomy’s broadcasting tools in many areas.
We are looking for folks with different ranges of experience and expertise to help bolster our team. If you speak another language or have development experience, know your broadcasting tools real good or are simply savvy with social media and google, then we want you!
We are looking for everything from guru’s and support tech’s to research assistants and bloggers to help build our products, marketing and support our worldwide clientele.
We are truly a global company and compensation ranges from credits (getting your radio for free) to hourly wages. All you need is a Paypal account. We pay for performance, so you can work as often as you want, whenever you want.
If you can use a mouse and keyboard, then we want to hear from you. Just send an email to email@example.com with the subject “hire me” and one of our management staff will contact you about getting started right away!
Broadcast licensing is a big feature of SoniXCast products and making sure that music tracks are properly licensed is a big part of making sure that Stations stay legal. Tagging of music tracks is as diverse as the individual who manages them which presents great challenges for the BoomBox licensing system. Add to that; Indexing one’s Music Library is an abstract concept for many. Especially after uploading loads of music via FTP. This can cause huge problems while building playlists leading to problems like a playlist not playing correctly to crashing of the transcoder (auto-dj) service.
To answer this issue, we’ve developed a feature that watches for changes in each customers music folders in real-time and automatically indexes music tracks if a change (delete, overwrite, upload) is detected. This ensures that database stays in sync for proper playlist generation and that tracks are properly licensed for broadcast.
The process runs completely in the background and requires no user intervention. Which means: customers simply upload files and usually by the time they are ready to build their playlists, their files have been processed and are ready for broadcast. Of course, those with large music libraries will have to wait a few minutes until all files have been process, but for most indexing takes only a couple of minutes.