[icecast] a new directory service

Ethan Butterfield primus at veris.org
Mon Sep 17 05:43:54 UTC 2001

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On Sun, Sep 16, 2001 at 11:31:50PM -0600, Jack Moffitt wrote:

> First off, I think getting rid of # of listeners is a must.  It just
> creates a self-fulfilling prophecy and encourages cheating.  

Amen. I got sick and tired of the little cheats that people would use to 
boost themselves to the top of the various directory lists.

> type
> 	type of the stream
> 	ex.: audio/mpeg or application/ogg

This would be confusing to the end-user just looking for something to 
listen to. The average user doesn't understand what a MIME type is. I'd 
suggest just something like "MP3" or "Ogg" instead.
> auth
> 	authorization string.  this is a md5sum of of some
> 	random data.
> 	ex.: echo 'jack at xiph.org|Jack Moffitt|password' | md5sum

Now this I like. Using an auth string to authenticate yourself to the 
directory server is a Very Good Idea(tm). 

Personally, I'd also still like to see a quality indication of some sort 
(22.1khz Mono, etc) along with the bitrate field. But that's just me 
wanting detailed info. I do, however, think that some sort of "Location" 
field would be good to have. You could tell whether a stream was in the US 
or the UK or whatnot, which would give you an idea of how good your 
connection to the server would be.

- -- 

 "Nothing's the same anymore."
     - Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair, Babylon-5, "Chrysalis"
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