[icecast] External authentification-module for listening to icecast2-streams?

Stefan Neufeind stefan at neufeind.net
Wed May 7 02:34:54 PDT 2003



Hi,

today we came across the idea of adding an external authentification-
module for listening to icecast2. There have recently been talks with 
artists and music labels that they would like to receive "a small 
fee" per listener to e.g. a concert streamed live over the internet.

What do you think of adding an external authentification-module so 
that the user could listen to a stream with urls like:

http://customer0815:ajskl0a9@testserver:8000/concert

The idea behind it is to offer a service where users can log on to 
the concert with an account that generates a dynamic playlist 
containing these URLs. Is the usage of login-information possible 
with the usual players (XMMS, WinAmp, ... or even a MediaPlayer, a 
Flash-movie etc.)? As soon as the listener enters / leaves this has 
to be clearly be noted in the access_log-file so that the user could 
be charges with a certain amount for each minute he has been 
listening to the stream.

What do you think about it? Is a login possible with the usual 
players? Anybody got a suggestion in which way to implement such an 
external authentification (e.g. calling a program that returns if 
user is allowed to listen)?

<p>Best wishes
 Stefan

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