[icecast] Very newbie questions

Ralph Giles giles at xiph.org
Tue Oct 28 17:37:36 UTC 2003

On Tue, Oct 28, 2003 at 12:14:32PM -0500, Rutherford, John (Library) wrote:

> What I want to do is stream single pre=encoded ogg encoded files to
> users by placing url's on selected web pages (this is for
> music reserves at our university). 

If what you want is immediate access to particular pre-encoded files 
based on url, you can actually just serve the .ogg files directly from 
the web server. The Ogg container is designed so no special server 
support is required for streaming.

Icecast, therefore, is only needed if you want everyone listening to the 
same thing, to be able to start playback (join the stream) mid-file, or 
to play a set of files in a varying sequence, like a radio station.

In that case, icecast2 is the server, but you need a separate player 
application to feed a stream, which it then serves to everyone who 
connects. ices2 is our recommended application for doing that on *nix; 
you can configure an xml playlist for it to pull from; there's an 
example in the code. The individual ogg vorbis files can be kept 
wherever is convenient in this case.

Hope that helps,
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