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Thread: Shoutcast server
03-30-2003, 11:16 PM #1webtechGuest
Does any one running Shoutcast server on your linux box?, How about the CPU and BW load.
Anybody has good/bad experience.
03-31-2003, 12:03 AM #2northwindGuest
Was actually thinking of getting one myself and would like to know myself as well.
04-01-2003, 12:48 AM #3HamalGuest
These days, there are several major players in the streaming media game. Big names like Microsoft, Apple, RealNetworks, and Macromedia are all battling for a piece of the market, but the dark horse is Nullsoft and its Shoutcast server. Shoutcast streams MP3s, is extremely easy to set up, sounds great, and requires relatively little bandwidth. But wait, here comes the best part: Shoutcast is free for noncommercial users. That's right folks — free! This means any yokel with a PC and a phone line can serve streaming audio without paying a dime.
Now, you can't just fire up your machine and give the gift of music to the world. If you want more than one person to hear your favorite jams you'll need a faster connection than a modem can offer. But you could create a library of MP3s, set up a server, hook up a DSL line, install a Shoutcast server, and jockey your disks to all of planet Earth.
I was curious about this whole Shoutcast deal, so I downloaded the necessary goods and had myself a look-see. Turns out it's pretty easy to get up and running.
The Shoutcast site explains pretty much all you need to know to get your Shoutcast server working. It's a fairly straightforward process.
You need Winamp 2.05 or above to play Shoutcast streams, so make sure you're up to date. You'll also need to download and install Winamp's DSC plug-in and download an MP3 codec, but this is all available at the site. After you unzip the DSC file, the ReadMe will give you step-by-step instructions on how to configure your Shoutcast/Winamp package.
I followed the ReadMe's simple directions, made a few tweaks here and there, and the next thing I knew I was Wolfman Jacking my very own music from our very own Webmonkey quad. After considering the consequences of such an action (and after our sysadmin hunted me down and beat me for taking up bandwidth), I decided to take K-NATE off the air. Nevertheless, I was in love. It was so easy.
All in all, it took me about half an hour to download, install, and configure all the necessary components of a Shoutcast server. The hardest part was deciding what to name my Webcast.
You're probably thinking this Shoutcast thing is really cool, right? Well, apparently so did America Online. Earlier this month, AOL put down US$400 million to acquire Nullsoft. Just the thought of zillions of AOL users armed with a future AOL browser featuring Shoutcast and Winamp ought to send a shiver down the spines of record execs everywhere. That's exactly why the record companies are trying to get their own proprietary, digitally secure music formats ready as soon as possible.
You see, the record industry is more than a little nervous about this whole Internet music thing. When you give the masses a free tool to broadcast songs or listen to other people's broadcasts, the industry's business model goes straight down the drain. And as you know, when business models go down the drain, all hell breaks loose.
But until then, I've found a new hobby.
Links http://www.shoutcast.com/ -- Shoutcast's official site
04-01-2003, 11:19 PM #4northwindGuest
Well, I looked into it, and it seems as if it does hog a lot of bandwidth. =P anyone running one of these?