Time to start looking for Nicecast alternatives

Hi all,

Earlier this month, Rogue Amoeba published this blog post explaining that Nicecast has now been retired from active development. It will continue to be supported until the end of 2018, then it will be fully deprecated and is unlikely to be supported on the next major MacOS update.

Does anyone know of any alternative broadcasting app that is accessible with VoiceOver? On Rogue Amoeba's blog they seem to talk a lot about Ladiocast, but that only allows audio from devices such as mixers and microphones. An additional tool such as Loopback would be needed in order for Ladiocast to receive audio from apps such as DJay Pro or iTunes.

Thanks for any help.


#1 Anyone?

I've been trying a few apps and still haven't found anything that meets my requirements.
Ladiocast does seem accessible, however, as I said in my original post, it would require an extra tool such as Loopback which I really don't fancy paying for. Does anyone know of any alternatives at all?

#2 Alternatives please?

I have been using Nicecast with waves.com plugins. The plugins used to work directly with Nicecast but no longer do so, although they do work in Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack, and using that app with Loopback (Rogue Amoeba again) I can stream from iTunes using the plugins. I already have Virtual DJ 8 (which doesn’t work with waves.com) but I can use the Line In function. However, song titles are not displayed because Loopback emulates a line input, and Virtual DJ shows “Line 1 in” as the title.

I have tried BUTT and LadioCast, but both have the same restriction, although I can at least set a generic title with either. Nicecast has an option to select a source for titles that is different from the audio source. Hence, although the audio source is Audio Hijack, I can select iTunes as the title source. BUTT has an option to “Update song name from file” but /Applications/iTunes.app doesn’t work.

The other problem with both BUTT and LadioCast is that neither will allow me to stream directly from my Mac, ie without using a radio server, something that Virtual DJ does allow, but then it doesn’t send song titles even when broadcasting from its own playlists!

I wonder if anything exists (I don’t mind paying) that will do everything that Nicecast does, but won’t do forever now it’s been ‘retired’? Any pointers gratefully received. Thank you.

#3 Audio Hijack

Audio Hijack was recently updated to support live streaming to Icecast and Shoutcast servers. You can use Audio Hijack to capture audio from applications and your microphone.

#4 Half-way house?

That’s very interesting Chris. I have just updated Audio Hijack and there is a new output block called ‘Broadcast’. It works with my Shoutcast server, but song titles are not being shown even though I have selected iTunes as the source of metadata and the title and artist appear correctly in the Broadcast block in Audio Hijack. But they don't make it as far as an Internet radio! Also, there doesn’t seem to be a way to stream directly from the Mac without going through a radio server. It seems to be a sort of half-way house to incorporate Nicecast into Audio Hijack. I wish they would do it completely.

#5 Virtual DJ


Is Virtual DJ accessible? I didn't think it was, unless you have some vision. Last I tried it was completely inaccessible.

I've been using Radiologik for the DJ stuff because I really don't want to buy extra hardware. Apparently it's possible to actually do manual transitions and the like with Djay now without a controller. I'd like to figure out how to do that, if it is indeed possible.

Still, I'm with you all on the whole NiceCast thing.

#6 Virtual DJ

I'm sorry Orinks but I don't understand what you mean by "Is Virtual DJ accessible?" It's certainly available at:


And their support department replies promptly. I don't know about the latest version, but Virtual DJ 8, which I have on my Mac, includes a broadcasting facility, although you need to buy a licence.

As for the DJ side, you can certainly do manual crossfades without an external controller.