[icecast] best URL to link to a stream

Samuel Hathaway hathaway-list at munkynet.org
Mon Mar 25 18:42:18 PST 2002



On Mon, 25 Mar 2002, Carl Karsten wrote:

> Todays problem: I am not sure what the html is to get the player to
> fire up. The goal is: click a link, sit back and relax while the
> player comes up, buffers for about 30 seconds, and starts playing.  I
> am doing some testing, and having mixed results.  Unforunatly, what
> works on one system doesn't allways work on others. I am looking for
> the works on all systems solution. (yea right!)  Is such a thing
> posible?

Icecast itself is pretty good at this -- it can serve up a .PLS file
which, on most systems, triggers the player to load:

http://SERVER:8000/playlist.pls?mount=/MOUNTPOINT&file=FILENAME.pls

Of course it won't work for *every* system... it requires that the browser
knows to handle the .PLS file by loading the player. A default
installation of WinAmp does this.
-samuel

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