In brief, Im trying to establish a democratic radio solution that is simple and user friendly. iTunes DJ offers virtualy everything we need (via a broadcast program listening to the local audio stream) to broadcast music accross the school to each and every user if desired and have them listening to the same content. The DJ component also allows users to vote via iPod like devices that have the apple remote app installed. This is great. Its exactly what we want. However...
Being a school of 1200 students, only 200 of our users have access to iPads and 50% of our staff have ipods/iphones. Great numbers in themselves however every user that doesnt have access to an iDevice wont have the ability to vote.. Kind of a downer as only our youngest students have iPads and our older students will be the ones wanting to use it.
So what im getting too is, is there a way to vote via another iTunes client or an application or even a web page? we reallly reallly reeallllllllly would like to be able to pull this off.. Ive searched high and low for solutions from other freeware vendors and find myself running into a brickwall every time. (ampache, icecast as two examples)
This has been submitted to the windows forums as the iTunes program is running on a windows server box but will be distributed to windows and mac operating systems. A Mac server could be used but is not preferable if avoidable.
Alternative ideas are welcomed but a similar working model to that of iTunes DJ would be required as this also gives us the future ability to host our own radio station and inject broadcasters audio between songs by simply hitting the pause button