[icecast] question about icecast & winamp & media player
Kelly Lee Myers
k_myers at kyxpyx.com
Wed Feb 28 11:20:09 UTC 2001
I knew I was not the only person who has experienced this with winamp. The
problem here is winamp 2.7. It seems that when I tuned into my shoutcast
servers (when I ran shoutcast) with winamp 2.7 the longest period I could
hold a stream was a little more then an hour. No matter what I did it would
bit the dust. There was some discussion about this on the shoutcast
broadcaster list, but no one at nullsoft cleared the air about it. Winamp
2.71 seems a bit better, but still chokes especially on long streams from a
shoutcast server(ie files being streamed that are over 60 minutes in length
such as DJ sets), and will still bit the dust after 4 hours at times. Not
sure what is going on with windows media player 7.0. Exactly my question
too... how does it now that it's ended?? Bizarre....
As a test I fired up icecast 1.3.7 a while back and tuned into its stream,
and winamp did the same thing after 2 hours. It basically stops, and
continuously scans back and forth being stupid. I also tried this with
KasterBlaster, and around the same time limit winamp 2.7 stops. About 2
hours and a few minutes and then dead air... The big major change in winamp
2.7 AFAIK was the mpeg decoder. Is it possible that winamp is some how
loosing sync with the MPEG data? There have aslo been reports of winamp
cycling its time counter down or getting stuck in a loop and if left alone
will eventually crash, taking a few things with it. This never happened with
winamp 2.64 and I have had that version connected to a server for over a
week without stopping.
What about freeamp? I have not tried that lately... Sonique seems to work,
but I can't stand that clunker enough to let it run for extended periods of
If you can find a copy of 2.64 try that. I can send you a version off list
if you have problems locating one.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Vander Stichele" <thomas at urgent.rug.ac.be>
To: <icecast at xiph.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 3:08 AM
Subject: [icecast] question about icecast & winamp & media player
> It's been pretty quiet as of late.
> I have a question.
> I have an icecast server housed at my provider with a very good internet
> At work I'm using an ADSL line, which should be sufficient to listen to
> the 128K streams I'm sending out.
> However, when I listen with WinAmp, after about half an hour the stream
> stutters and stops. I can restart it and listen again but it will stop
> again as well. I don't think icecast is at fault here, but I wonder what
> WinAmp is doing wrong ?
> When I listen with Windows Media Player 7.0 (which seems to work with
> mountpoints btw), it can play for up till an hour, at which point it
> declares the stream has ended (how can it know) and stops playing.
> Why the difference ? What's happening here ? How can I make media player
> keep playing as well ?
> thanks in advance,
> <-*- -*->
> Please put me somewhere near the sea
> With one carrion angel waiting for me
> who'll be holding my heart in it's hand
> But most of all I'd like to go with a friend
> <-*- thomas at apestaart.org -*->
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