[icecast] Oddcast suggestion

Michael Smith msmith at xiph.org
Mon Jun 23 01:32:48 UTC 2003

On Saturday 21 June 2003 10:53, Ross Levis wrote:
> Hi oddsock
> What would be really useful is if your winamp plugin could monitor the
> number of listeners on the IceCast2 server and only send the audio when
> listeners > 0.  Perhaps the metadata could continue to be sent.  This would
> reduce bandwidth requirements substantially when there are several hundred,
> perhaps thousands of streams as planned by http://www.rville.com.
> It would also be very useful to me as I have a 5gig limit per month on my
> DSL which only allows me to broadcast for 14 days continuously at 32kb/s. 
> I could extend this considerably.
> What do you think?  Any possibility for the future?

As described, this wouldn't even vaguely work - the protocols just don't allow 

However, you could get the same effect using some sort of on-demand relaying. 
Icecast2 doesn't currently support that - but it's designed so that it should 
be possible (and not even too difficult) to do so. 


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