What are the differences between Shoutcast and Icecast? which one to choose
SHOUTcast is the name of a protocol and broadcast server for webradio or webtv.
It was created by Nullsoft at the same time as the Winamp client software for listening. The protocol relies on two protocols, HTTP and ICY to support tag tags ("title streaming").
It has a web interface to administer the server.
You can broadcast your server automatically on the SHOUTcast.Com Directory (public server mode).
Encoding formats accepted on our platform are Mp3, AAC, AAC+.
The SHOUTcast server can only manage one stream at a time, but our platform allows you to create multiple mount points to be distributed over the 320 kbps allocated.
Some multimedia devices are SHOUTcast compatible thanks to .m3u and .pls playlists
You can either broadcast live or with the autodj - 1 connection at a time.
You can not edit the SHOUTcast DNAS (admin) page when you visit ip: port
Icecast is a free software (under GPL license) of stream streaming, audio and video streaming server type.
The Icecast project is run by the Xiph.org foundation, which runs free audio / video codec projects such as the popular Ogg, Theora or Speex.
It allows from a computer or server (Windows, GNU / Linux, Mac OS X or other) to stream music and videos to "client" software (audio or multimedia players), through the Internet or an intranet (local network).
A web interface is used to administer the server.
You can stream your server automatically to dir.xiph.org IceCast Directory (public server mode).
Encoding formats accepted on our platform are Mp3, AAC, AAC +, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora.
The Icecast server can manage up to 3 streams at a time on the same port. Our platform makes it possible to create several editing points to be distributed over the 320 kbps allocated. Icecast makes it possible to diffuse different flows on different points of montages.
You can stream live and keep the autodj mode active at the same time. The autodj broadcasts on a mount point, and your direct may be on another.
You can not edit the Icecast page (admin) when you visit ip: port (only possible by request to technical support on our platform).
SHOUTcast is recommended for beginners as it is a simple setup and you will be listed on SHOUTcast.Com to bring the listeners to your station. If you already have potential listeners, IceCast is recommended because it is more versatile than SHOUTcast.
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