Which solution is right for me?
One of the most 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 OR you can use the table below for a quick overview of both solutions to help make your decision. If you are a DJ with an existing station, we recommend SAM Broadcaster Pro. If you do not currently have an internet radio station and would like to start one, we recommend SAM Cloud. Still unsure? Try a free trial of both!
A Comparative Look at SAM Broadcaster Cloud & SAM Broadcaster Pro
Live Broadcasting Explained
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
To access the Live-DJ software, you are required to be logged into SAM Broadcaster Cloud and have an internet connection. 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 ( transcoded) to all the supported formats configured by you in the Cloud. This includes streaming to SHOUTcast, Icecast, Live365 and other compatible servers.
SAM Broadcaster PRO has the same capabilities, and can simultaneously stream directly to your own streaming servers, which takes a lot of quality bandwidth to do reliably.