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Shoutcast is an internet broadcasting tool, usually used for audio streaming. It can be used by radio stations or end users, to bring audio or video content to an internet audience. SHOUTcast uses mp3 (MPEG Layer 3) technology for audio delivery and NSV for audio/video delivery. You can easily start broadcasting your own radio station by using the well know software Winamp. See more here.



SHOUTcast Pro's :

  • Your station is listed on Free Internet Radio - SHOUTcast Radio - Thousands of Free Online Radio Stations and are syndicated out to many other radio directories. This gives you excellent exposure and will likely lead to getting more listeners than you would on an IceCast server.
  • There are many compatible web flash players.
  • This is a very simple stream to set up.


SHOUTcast Con's :

  • If you plan on using the Auto DJ with your radio server, you will have to hit the "deactivate source" button when you are ready to go live. And then hit the "activate source" button when you have finished streaming live and are ready to go back to the autoDJ mode.
  • You can only stream one feed at a time.
  • You can't edit the SHOUTcast DNAS Page.

Icecast has mountpoints which means it automatically transferes listeners from the Auto DJ to the Live streaming and back again without having to manually turn anything on or off. So you connect and all the listeners are transfered from the autodj to the live streaming and then back again when you are finished. This works with MP3 streams so it works with any media player (ie. Windows Media, Real Player, I-Tunes, Win-Amp, even flash players!) ICEcast Server is similar to Shoutcast in many ways, however it’s unique ability to detect when a live source has connected and automatically switch from auto dj to the live broadcast puts it in a class of it’s own!


IceCast Pro's :

  • Icecast has mountpoints meaning it automatically transfers listeners from the Auto DJ to the Live stream and back again without needing to manually turn anything on or off. So when you connect all of your listeners are transferred from the autodj to the live stream and then back again when you are finished.
  • You can stream up to 3 different feeds on the same port. Example a 128 kbps mp3 stream, 64 kbps aac stream and 32 kbps mp3 all at the same time off the same server. (single feed when streaming with the autoD)
  • You can edit the IceCast page.


IceCast Con's :

  • You are listed on Streaming directory -- streams & radios instead of shoutcast.com which gets fewer listeners tuning in than a shoutcast server would.
  • Has fewer web flash players compatible with it.


Conclusion :

SHOUTcast is recommended for beginners because it's a simple setup and you will get listed on SHOUTcast.Com to bring listeners to your station. If you already have listeners tuning in, IceCast is recommended because it is more versatile than SHOUTcast. If you plan on running an Auto DJ and doing live streams then the ability to auto-transfer listeners is very useful and worth considering an Icecast server to do. If you only plan on using one or the other, live streaming or Auto DJ, then the extra listeners you get from shoutcast.com it would be worth using a shoutcast server.

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