[icecast] another icecast2 question

Michael Smith msmith at labyrinth.net.au
Sun Oct 6 06:52:37 PDT 2002

At 08:06 AM 10/6/02 -0400, you wrote:
>easy one..
>nametemplate chemlab radio! - %s - http://chemlab.org
>so if the currently playing track was "underworld - cowgirl" you'd see:
>chemlab radio! - underworld - cowgirl - http://chemlab.org
>scrolling across your player....

<p>Unlike with mp3 streaming (which has metadata hacked on externally to
the actual mp3 bitstream), vorbis has a true metadata system incorporated.
This means that the players don't actually distinguish between file and
stream when they're displaying the 'title string'. The default is usually
something like "Artist - Title", but even that varies, so there's no way 
to give a single string that will be displayed how you want it. 

That said, ices2 will eventually have a generic mechanism for metadata
overrides, so that you can insert whatever data you want - actually
getting players to display it how you want is still going to be at least
somewhat problematic, but you can often get a reasonable version there.
The code for this is about 2/3 written, but got put on hold because it's
not critical and I haven't had much time lately.

Won't be in icecast itself, though.

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