[icecast] pre-buffering

Jack Moffitt jack at xiph.org
Thu Apr 11 21:52:47 PDT 2002

> the reason why streams served by shoutcast start more quickly than ones
> served by icecast is that shoutcast servers have a stream buffer (1mb I
> think it is) which it pushes out to clients as quickly as it can upon
> connection.  This has a couple of side effects, the most noticable being
> that there is always an appreciable delay on streams served by shoutcast
> between the time audio is encoded and the time it is heard.  At 16kbps,
> this can be several minutes.

So it's probably a good idea for this feature to be configurable :)


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