PlayoutONE is a fantastic piece of radio automation system, and it has native integration with MetaRadio – allowing you to effortlessly send the now-playing song & artist to WordPress, RDS Encoders, Streaming Servers, and a lot more! MetaRadio makes this possible. This article explains the setup of MetaRadio and PlayoutONE.

For other setup guides, see out MetaRadio Support Site.

Prerequisites

How MetaRadio and PlayoutONE Communicate

PlayoutONE sends data to MetaRadio via a TCP IP connection.

If PlayoutONE and MetaRadio are on different PCs, you must have a TCP Port opened in your firewall between PlayoutONE and MetaRadio. MetaRadio automatically adds a Windows Firewall exception, so you will only need to add a firewall rule if your two computers are on different networks/subnets/VLANs.

MetaRadio is also able to run on the same computer as PlayoutONE.

Configuring MetaRadio to talk to PlayoutONE

First, we shall configure MetaRadio. Here’s how:

  1. Open MetaRadio Config
  2. Add a New Station
  3. Select “PlayoutONE” from the dropdown menu
  4. Enter the IP Port Number as specified in PlayoutONE (possibly 3601 if you used the default)
  5. Optionally, add an output for your website, RDS, streaming encoder, static file, etc.
  6. Save Station Details, and save the global settings in the app.
  7. Restart the main MetaRadio app.

Now we can move over to the PlayoutONE setup.

Configuring PlayoutONE

To setup PlayoutONE, follow this process:

  1. Open PlayoutONE Monitor
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click on the MetaRadio Icon
  4. Fill out the IP Address and Port Number for MetaRadio (you can pick an arbitrary number – if in doubt, 3601 is a good default)
  5. Turn on the output
  6. Click ‘Save’
  7. When the next asset plays, MetaRadio should show green on the PlayoutONE Monitor Dashboard. If it is red, please contact support@playoutone.com

That’s it for the PlayoutONE side of things. It’s really that simple!

MetaRadio should now display a status message every time a new song plays. Once that is confirmed as working, you can configure any additional outputs (RDS Encoders, Website, Streaming Servers, etc.) as needed.

If you need any assistance, please contact us.

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I'm Anthony Eden, and I'm a IT Professional, Broadcast Technician, Software Developer, and Solutions Engineer. I've been working in broadcast media since 2008, and developing software and websites for just as long. Right now, I provide freelance services through Media Realm - in particular, to the media and not-for-profit industries.

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