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

Michael Smith msmith at xiph.org
Wed May 7 03:14:47 PDT 2003

On Wednesday 07 May 2003 19:34, Stefan Neufeind wrote:
> 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)?

Potentially a quite interesting feature. Shouldn't even be too difficult to 
integrate, really. I suspect that many (and possibly even most?) players 
won't support it, though. Worth spending an hour or two experimenting if 
you're interested in it, though.


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