[Icecast-dev] Question about buffering with icecast protocol

Karl Heyes karl at xiph.org
Mon Jan 14 07:56:30 PST 2008

Damián Lezama wrote:
> Hi,
> I’ve seen that shoutCAST sends data much faster than real time when you 
> connect (for a while I assume, otherwise you’d be travelling to the 
> future:). That’s useful for fast buffering.
> With icecast I don’t get that behavior, stream downloads at real time. 
> Is there a way to buffer data faster than real time? Maybe a “seek” 
> feature? I need that because I need to allocate a special large buffer 
> for an app. Thanks!

Look at the burst-size option. The default is 64kbytes which is fine for 
  most audio apps pre-buffering settings but you can alter it to 
something larger or smaller.  To make it similar to shoutcast you'd need 
to have a burst size of something like 1-2Meg (not sure of the exact 


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