[icecast] Metadata - StreamTitle - International language support?

Michael Smith msmith at xiph.org
Fri May 2 08:20:26 PDT 2003

On Saturday 03 May 2003 00:21, ruffnex wrote:
> Hello,
> Can anybody tell me how stream titles, which are non-ASCII, are sent?
> For example, at ShoutCast.com, there are Asian and European streams
> that send encoded strings.  However, I can't see how to detect what
> type of encoding they are using.  e.g. UTF8, ISOLatin1, etc.  If I
> could work out the encoding, then I can display the names properly.
> Any differences between how IceCast and Shoutcast handle this?  Any
> docs?

Icecast sends these through as-is, so it doesn't handle them directly - and so 
doesn't need to know what charset they're in. For ogg vorbis, they're UTF-8 
(as the spec requires), but it's up to the source client to do so correctly.

For mp3, I haven't seen anything amounting to a specification. I'm not sure 
how existing clients deal with this. I'd try assuming UTF-8, but I don't know 
how well that'll work.


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