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

Stefan Neufeind stefan at neufeind.net
Wed May 7 04:05:20 PDT 2003



On 7 May 2003 at 20:14, Michael Smith wrote:

> 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.

Okay, then how about simply adding it past the URL? Like

http://testserver:8000/concert?session=abc10283kasld

hould work, right? Or are there cons against this? All we would have 
to add is a "split at ?"-routine to icecast2.
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