[icecast] a new directory service

Brian Hurley bhurley at mediaone.net
Mon Sep 17 15:00:02 UTC 2001

> >First off, I think getting rid of # of listeners is a must.
> while it seems to be a very popular desire to get rid of this metric all
> together, it is my opinion, that you cannot get rid of this metric
> entirely.  The reason why it is so hotly debated, is because it is
> important.  what is needed is a way to measure the popularity of a
> station.  What I want as a listener is the ability to find out which
> stations are professionally done and which are simply playlists of mp3s on
> shuffle play.  For mp3 streams, for me this was done through the listener
> counts.  Taking away this metric (or effectively eliminating it) is, in my
> opinion, not a good thing.

How do we determine the quality of a terrestrial station? Do you check the
Arbitron numbers? I use my ears.

> >bitrate
> >         bitrate of the stream in kilobits per second
> >         ex.: 64
> how about instead of bitrate, something more generic like "Quality".  This
> should be a number, which (in the case of application/ogg) might be 64 (as
> in kbps) or (in the case of audio/mpeg) might be 30 (as in FPS).  I would
> say, for most media types, it would be a bitrate, but not all.

I think people may confuse quality with uptime or as a rating of the streams
content. I prefer bitrate.

> >email
> >         email address of the streams maintainer
> >         ex.: jack at xiph.org
> is this necessary ? you don't want people scraping the directory for email
> addresses (this was done in the past with the SC list)

I agree. I get plenty of spam as it as.


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