Step 1: Sign up and create a station
First thing to do is sign up on Radiojar. First you need to select a plan. All plans start with a free 15 day trial (for your fist station only).
Select the trial that you believe suits your needs (you can change that later) and click 'Start your free trial now'.
Make any adjustments on the plan (customization only available in Pro and Just streaming plans) and continue to signing up by clicking the 'Start a free trial now' button.
You may connect through your existing Google or Facebook account, or sign up using your email. If you choose to signup via email you will be sent a confirmation code that you need to insert in order to proceed.
Once you successfully signup you will need to complete some details about your personal account and the station you want to create.
The final step requires your billing and credit card information in order to proceed with the creation of the station. Don't worry you won't be charged. Your free trial will be activated and will last for 15 days. During this period you can deactivate your station at any time and you won't be charged at all. Once the free trial ends and you haven't deactivated the station, the plan you have selected will apply and then you will be charged the amount of the plan.
Once you complete this final step your station will be up and running and you will be directed to the management page.
Now your station is active and ready to broadcast. Follow the next steps to get your station broadcasting using the automation.
Step 2: Upload songs (for plans Easy and Pro)Now that your radio station is ready to broadcast, all you'll need to do is upload some music files. In the Management area of your radio station you will see a "Media Library" tab.
This will open another window on which you may drag and drop music files directly from your hard disk (or click the "Add Files" button on the bottom left and select them).You can also use Dropbox to upload songs. Once you’ve added some files click on the "Start Upload" button to start the upload process. We use a different window for uploading so you can leave this working in the background while you do other things. You can visit this window again from time to time to check upload status and/or add more files until you're done.
When all your files have been uploaded successfully go back to the Media Library and click All. You should see them listed and you are now able to edit their information and add tags. Tagging will enable you to categorise your music files and create track selection rules in Pilots. Pilots are rules-based playlists that you can schedule when there are no live shows playing. Radiojar will try to automatically assign tags when processing your uploaded tracks.
Let’s see how you can add tags. First select one or more songs that you want to tag. Click on the "Tag" menu item. You should see a list of the available tags in the dropdown that appears. You can check any of the listed tags or add a new one.
Click "apply" and you'll have successfully added the checked tags and the newly added tags to the selected song(s).
Congratulations you’re done! You’ve gone through all the basics. Your station will start broadcasting immediately, continuously playing the tracks you have just uploaded. Gradually, and according to your plan's limits, you can add many more files to your Library and create a rich, non-repetitive stream of music for the time when you're not doing live shows on your station.
You now have a fully functional internet radio station but there are plenty of things you can do to make the most of it.
In order to have more control over what is being played, you may start by setting some rules according to which Radiojar will try to select songs when playing on pilot mode. Here’s one final step on how to do that.
Step 3: Create a default pilot (optional and only for plans Easy and Pro)
Pilots are a way to automatically generate playlists based on rules you define.
Go to the "Pilots" tab in the radio station's management area and you will see a Default pilot. The default pilot will play during those times in your station's schedules when you haven't scheduled anything.
The pilots consist of rules. This default pilot has already one blank rule.
Click on the "Add new rule" button to add more. Each rule corresponds to the selection of a track. There are several choices here, the track that will be selected can be tagged with one or more specific tags, can belong to a certain artist, album or be searched based on a keyword, or even from a combination of them (all the rules you enter here will apply to the selection of a song). Note that the more complicated the rules you enter, the narrower the selection of songs that will fit these rules become, so your pilots become less varied.
For example, let’s make a rule that our pilot should play a pop song: type pop in the tag area, select the tag that comes up and you're done.
Click Save and add new, to add another rule.
Continue this way until you set a good amount of rules then when you are done with adding rules click "Save and close" and then "Save changes" to save the pilot.
Your pilot is now ready. According to the tracks you have in your library and the rules you've entered for your pilot, Radiojar will try to show you an estimate of how many unique playlists your pilot can create. This is the "unique loops" number, e.g. "unique loops: 5" means that this pilot can generate 5 different playlists without repeating any tracks.
Step 4: Check that your radio station is broadcasting
Click on the "Play" button (on the top right) to bring up the player and check that your radio station is playing the songs you uploaded and according to the Pilot rules you have set.
Step 5: Go live!
The next step is to start a live show. You can do this in two ways:
- Connect now using Radiojar's virtual studio or a direct link from your computer, using your own software or hardware for mixing. To connect now using Radiojar's virtual studio, use the "Studio monitor" button on the overview page of your radio station's management area (learn more on the virtual studio and its operation on a different tutorial). To connect using your own equipment, use the configuration settings you can find on the "settings" section of your radio station's management area, under the "broadcast link" item.
- Create a proper show, schedule it and do it when the time comes (more on this on a different tutorial).