[icecast] [newbie] couple of quick questions

Geoff Shang gshang at uq.net.au
Mon Dec 23 17:01:36 UTC 2002

On Mon, 23 Dec 2002, Campbell, David wrote:

> 1: Do I need 'shout' to be able to stream playlists?   I know it's not
> supported anymore and it doesn't appear to be bundled with the latest dist?

ices superseeds shout.  get ices 0.2.3 from icecast.org.

> 2: Whats the best way of creating a random playlist from several hundred
> mp3's and streaming via icecast?  Is there any way to just point icecast at
> a directory and say 'stream these files randomly for ever?'

icecast is a server, not a streamer.  Best to use ices for this (see

> 3: Will I have problems with different Bitrate's on my playlists?

You will certainly have issues with different sampling rates.  Ices'
behaviour in this respect is weird.  If you're resampling to a particular
rate, only 44.1 stereo files work as intended.  Mono files come out on one
side only and a sound fragment seems to loop in the other channel, and
files at 22khz play at double speed.  Mono files at 22khz play at double
speed and act like 44.1 mono files.  If you're not re-encoding, differeing
bitrates will probably sink you as players won't like it.


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