I'm looking at a couple dedicated server providers and upon reading their TOS's I'm wondering if Shoutcast servers are considered CDN's? I know I can contact the providers and find this out. Which I intend to do, im just wondering if in general this is a rule of thumb to assume?
A CDN is a content delivery network, which is "a system of computers containing copies of data, placed at various points in a network so as to maximize bandwidth for access to the data from clients throughout the network. A client accesses a copy of the data near to the client, as opposed to all clients accessing the same central server, so as to avoid bottlenecks near that server." (Wikipedia )
Basically, static files are cached on varies servers spread out geographically. When a visitor needs that file, it will pull it from the closest server, increasing your loading speed.