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29 October 2012, 16:27

Sourcefabric's Airtime 2.2 gets smart blocks

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Sourcefabric has released a new version of its open source radio automation software that brings with it several new features. Airtime 2.2 includes improvements to the rebroadcasting features of the application as well as new "Smart Blocks" that allow users to automatically assemble randomised playlists according to a set of parameters.

When rebroadcasting incoming streams, Airtime now supports smartphone applications and it also can rebroadcast streams originating on other web sites. The system can automatically connect external streams when they are going live. External streams can now also be scheduled in the application's calendar, as can live shows. The new Smart Blocks let station administrators define a period of time and parameters such as song genre or play frequency which the application will use to generate a random playlist for the allotted amount of time.

Further enhancements include updates to the library system that improve file import performance and searching. The release also incorporates over 500 bug fixes and support for WAV, FLAC and AAC files. Tracking ownership of files to make organisation easier for stations with multiple DJs has also been integrated.

More details on the new features can be found in the release notes for Airtime 2.2 and the software can be downloaded from the Sourcefabric site. Its source code is licensed under the GPLv3 and is available from GitHub. Airtime is being used by a number of radio stations in the UK, Poland and Canada.

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