Jajuk jukebox and web radio

Internet Radio

Jajuk plays music from external sources such as audio CDs and MP3 players if you incorporate these into the system. The software also supports web radio stations, many of which the developers have already preconfigured. At the bottom left in the program window, click on the small triangle next to the radio symbol to select a station, then click on the red radio symbol to play the program.

First select the Tracks view on the left in the main window to edit the entries for the preconfigured stations or to add new stations. The Internet Radios tab in the middle of the window lists all the stations, including country of origin and genre (Figure  4). As with most lists, you can filter the view according to the criteria you choose in the boxes above on the list.

Figure 4: Broadcasters are plentiful, but they are not all always on the air.

If you want to add a new radio station, click on the button with the plus sign at the top of the list, enter the appropriate data, and save the entry in the following dialog. If you do not receive a signal when you select a station, that particular station may not currently be broadcasting. Some broadcasters point to the broadcasting hours in a brief note.

Party Time

Jajuk can also generate party playlists for external devices such as home cinema systems, stereo systems, or MP3 players. To compile such lists, click on Tools | Prepare party. A wizard now helps you determine the criteria for the tracks to be assembled.

Ambiance and rating are available categories, as is the maximum size (MB), which is particularly useful if you are worried about limited capacity on the external system. Finally, the software copies the files and the new playlist in M3U format to the desired location.

Digital DJ

Jajuk also serves as a digital DJ, setting the mood at any party. At the bottom left in the program window, click on the small triangle next to the record player icon to activate this mode, then select Manage DJs. Alternatively, you can find this function in the Configuration menu.

A wizard again guides you through the configuration of the digital DJ, first asking whether you want to create, edit, or delete a corresponding DJ. If desired, you can define the transitions between individual genres and define the proportion of genres to be played. Next, name the digital DJ and define cross-fades. You can also specify the minimum rating of the songs to be added to the DJ playlist. The final step is to select the genres to be considered from the internal collection (Figure  5).

Figure 5: Jajuk knows a considerable number of genres.

By clicking Finish, the settings you just made are now available for use as a digital DJ. The next time you click on the triangle next to the record player symbol and select your new DJ, it creates a suitable playlist according to the criteria defined and plays tracks in Shuffle mode. If you add more music to your collection in the course of time and reopen the DJ, it will update the playlist.

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