MetaRadio:
Installation Guide

Discover how to setup MetaRadio – an easy way to take Now Playing data from your radio automation system and send it to RDS Encoders, Websites, and Streaming Servers. This guide is part of the MetaRadio Support Guide. If you currently don’t own MetaRadio, give it a try.

How to purchase & download MetaRadio

MetaRadio can be purchased via this website. When you purchase a license, or sign-up for the beta, you will be emailed a license key and download link. You’ll need these before you get started. Please save them somewhere accessible, such as the Desktop.

Prerequisites

You will need:

  • MetaRadio license file (.lic file)
  • MetaRadio installation file
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or greater (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Administration privileges (for installation only)
  • A supported Playout/Automation system

Where should I install MetaRadio?

Before proceeding, you need to decide which computer you are going to install this software on. Small single-studio stations may wish to install it directly onto your Playout or Automation system computer.

Larger organisation may wish to install MetaRadio onto a separate utility PC. If you do this, you will need a reliable network between your two computers. Depending on your playout system, you may need to open a TCP port in your firewall or allow access via a UNC path.

No matter where you install MetaRadio, you will need network access to your RDS Encoders, Websites, and Streaming Servers. The exception is RDS Encoders that support serial connections.

Please think this through before installation, and seek guidance if you’re unsure.

Installation Wizard

Initial installation is very easy. Simply run the EXE file to launch the installation wizard.

IMPORTANT: If you are upgrading from a previous version, please ensure you close MetaRadio and MetaRadio Config before proceeding.

Step 1: Supply the license file

Press the “Browse” file to locate the .lic file we emailed you when you purchased MetaRadio. Installation is not possible without a license.

Step 2: Accept the license agreement

Please read through the license agreement and indicate your acceptance.

Step 3: Add to Startup Folder

To ensure MetaRadio always starts when your computer is logged on, we recommend adding it to your Startup folder. The Wizard offers to do this for you now.

At the present time, MetaRadio does not run as a Windows Service – you must be logged-on for it to run.

Step 4: Install

At this stage, we are ready to install the software. Please press “Install” to continue.

Step 5: Complete the installation

Once installation is complete, you have several options:

  • Configure MetaRadio
  • Edit Config.json in Wordpad
  • Launch MetaRadio

If this is your first time installing our software, we suggest you select the first option: “Configure MetaRadio”. This will launch the Configuration utility, where you can edit all the essential settings.

If you are an advanced user, or someone has pre-prepared a configuration file for you, you may wish to select the second option: “Edit Config.json in Wordpad”. We do not recommend this option if you are unfamiliar with JSON file syntax, and the configuration options offered by MetaRadio.

If you have upgraded from a previous version, simply select the last option: “Launch MetaRadio”.

After the Installation Wizard closes, you can always find these three options again in the Start Menu:

Configuration

If you launch the MetaRadio Configuration Editor app, you will be able to setup all inputs (playout/automation systems) and outputs (RDS Encoders, Websites, Streaming Servers, etc.).

We are publishing configuration guides for each specific system. Please check the MetaRadio Support page for a list of all articles. The following guide will give you an overview of the configuration options.

When you open MetaRadio Config, will see four main columns.

  1. The first column is the list of stations. Below this list, you will find buttons to add/delete/edit stations.
  2. The second column shows you any setup options for the selected playout system
  3. The third column is the list of outputs. These are specific to the selected station. If you haven’t selected a station, you can’t add/edit/delete any outputs.
  4. The fourth column shows you setup options for the selected output.

Whenever you make changes, you can save them by clicking the “Save” button in the top menu.

After you save your changes, you’ll be reminded to restart the main MetaRadio Console application. Changes will not be applied until you restart the app. If this is your first time running MetaRadio, you may not have this console window open yet.

You will also be prompted to save your changes whenever you exit the MetaRadio Config app.

Starting MetaRadio

Once you have configured MetaRadio for the first time, you will need to open it. In the Start Menu, find “MetaRadio” and click on it to open the application.

On startup, you’ll see the current version, licensing information, and any log information.

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