[icecast] Configuring icecast for lowest buffering/latency

Michael Smith msmith at xiph.org
Wed Mar 24 00:07:29 UTC 2004

On Wednesday 24 March 2004 11:00, Enrico Minack wrote:
> > ...HTTP is very inefficient compared to RTP.
> what exactly do you mean with 'efficient'? Used bandwidth or available
> features?

In terms of used bandwidth, RTP is the clear winner. In terms of features, 
neither is a clear winner: HTTP has features RTP doesn't have, RTP has 
features HTTP doesn't have.

> > There is no way in which RTP produces more overhead than HTTP
> why? basicly it takes the mp3-stream and puts timestamps and synch stuff
> around. isn't that overhead?

Yes, that's overhead. Do you know how TCP works? HTTP works on top of TCP. TCP 
has more overhead than UDP/RTP.


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