[icecast] content on demand HOWTO available

Big Al music at performantsystems.com
Thu Mar 22 19:06:06 PST 2001



>maybe silly question, but where's the difference in pointing
>directly to the mp3-file instead to a *.m3u ?

Valid question. The .m3u file is known to the browser and player as a playlist
file, a text file of about a hundred bytes containing the address of the actual
.mp3 file to stream, ex:

#EXTM3U
#EXTINF:-1,song.mp3
http://www.modernamericanmusic.com:8000/file/song.mp3

You could type in this whole URL as above, but the .m3u file handles this
automatically.  Usually, sending the .mp3 file causes the browser / player to
download the whole 3-5 Meg file, when we really want to start a stream.

>besides, my netscape/linux seems to have problems with the suffix .m3u,
>mime-type is set, but rather nothing happens. m3u is handled by plugger3.2

Yes, you may have to educate your browser to politely handle .m3u or even .mp3
files
I wrote up a little tutorial on this at:
http://www.modernamericanmusic.com/techtips.html

-Big Al

un wrote:

> Big Al:
> >
> > A tutorial on successful use of Icecast Static streaming (on demand) is
> > available here:
> >
> > http://www.modernamericanmusic.com/IcecastStaticHOWTO.html
> >
>
> maybe silly question, but where's the difference in pointing
> directly to the mp3-file instead to a *.m3u ?
> besides, my netscape/linux seems to have problems with the suffix .m3u,
> mime-type is set, but rather nothing happens. m3u is handled by plugger3.2
> any idea?
> thx, uno
>
> >
> > Asymmetric wrote:
> >
> > > At 10:30 3/22/2001 +0000, you wrote:
> > > >Hi,
> > > >
> > > >Does Icecast support streaming on demand as Shoutcast does?  i.e. if I
> > > >have some MP3 files in a directory, can these be streamed if I link to
> > > >them on a web page.
> > >
> > > Yes, and the info on how to do that is all in the documentation/readme and
> > > the comment blurbs in the config file.
> > >
>
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