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    Question Live Streaming Audio

    I'm new to the streaming audio world...

    I'm looking into setting up a live-to-web streaming audio capable website. I would like the server to play what's on right now (like turning on your radio to see what's airing right now), with the ability to play/stream archived files.

    What I need to know:

    1) What kinds of software, if any, are required? What is the best software and why?

    2) Presuming the server is at a separate location from the audio source, what sort of requirements are needed at the source end?

    3) What is a good hosting company to host the site?

    4) What should a streaming audio newbie know?

    Thanks,

    -- Jonathan
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    Check shoutcast streaming server

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    "4) What should a streaming audio newbie know?"

    "BANDWIDTH"
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    Jonathan,


    1) What kinds of software, if any, are required? What is the best software and why? I would recommend using shoutcast on the server end - and sam (spacial audio manager) available at spacialaudio.com

    The software "made" the market - shoutcast was one of the first streaming applications available, spacialaudio built their entire operation on shoutcast.

    2) Presuming the server is at a separate location from the audio source, what sort of requirements are needed at the source end? Again - a streaming application will be needed. Even winamp could "do" the job but I would recommend something like mentioned above.

    3) What is a good hosting company to host the site? There are lots around - search, research - ask all the questions upfront and you'll be fine.

    4) What should a streaming audio newbie know? That it takes time to build but is insanely profittable - keep it up and seperate yourself from the crowd.

    Think different. (and don't buy macs!)
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    Shoutcast looks to be the clear recommendation so far

    Have either of you worked with it before? Does it include software to encode and upload/stream a live 24/7 broadcast, and in multiple bit rates simultaneously?


    HP-David, I'm especially interested in the "extremely profitable" aspect... do you mean in terms of selling "air time", web ads, or as a paid developer? (Or something else?)
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    Jonathan,

    Selling air time.
    And yes - I've worked with shoutcast often, technically shoutcast just 'pushes' the stream - your local application will handle the encoding.

    Multiple bitrates would require multiple copies of shoutcast running (very low overhead, not a problem). The 'SAM' that I had mentioned would handle the encoding and could stream to multiple copies of shoutcast at once.

    Basically this is how it works:

    streaming system (pushes data to the 'server')-> shoutcast (pushes data to the listener(s)) -> Listener (enjoying whatever is being streamed)

    The streaming system will encode the music/data - preferably multiple bitrates (SAM supports it) and then pushes it to shoutcast which just distributes the data.

    Really simple once you get it all rolling.

    And just a note - the entire industry is insanely profittable. It's media/advertising at it's best afterall.
    David
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    Thanks HP-David!!!

    I'm going to start looking into a streaming audio site for my next personal project.
    Jonathan Opie, Jonathan Opie Web Design
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    Jonathan,

    No problem! Have a great day.
    David
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    EASY Use Shoutcast to broadcast and other person has to have Winamp player or Real player

    G-RAT

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    Is there an easy way to work out how much monthly bandwith a shoutcast stream would use if fully utilised?

    Say 24k stream with 10 slots?

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    David you are a star

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