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SHOUTcast vs. IceCast


SHOUTcast is owned by AOL Icecast is free open source script owned by the public
SHOUTcast.Com IceCast Directory
Mp3, AAC, AAC+ and NSV FormatsMp3, AAC, AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora and NSV formats
SHOUTcast server can only handle 1 feed at a timeIceCast you can stream up to 3 different feeds on the same port
You can either stream live or with auto dj - 1 at a timeYou can stream live and the keep autodj active at the same time
You can't edit the SHOUTcast DNAS Page when you visit ip:portYou can edit the IceCast page when you visit ip:port
Easy to setup - For Beginners and moreAdvanced setup - For Advanced users

SHOUTcast Pro's :

Your station is listed on Free Internet Radio - SHOUTcast Radio - Thousands of Free Online Radio Stationsand 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 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 & radiosinstead of 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 it would be worth using a shoutcast server.
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