[icecast] synchronous home network streaming

Michael Smith msmith at xiph.org
Tue May 25 01:10:03 UTC 2004

On Tuesday 25 May 2004 10:14, Felix Dorner wrote:
> hello people,
> while thinking about the next little fiesta at my place, together with a
> friend of mine we were talking about streaming our selected music to
> different rooms within our location. actually it would be only two
> clients that would have to catch the stream. we are running one linux
> box which would serve the stream. the clients would be that same box and
> another ms windows machine. now comes my point: the whole thing would
> only make sense, if both clients would play the stream quite
> synchronously. will this be worth a try with icecast? how could the
> synchronization be optimized? is synchronous playing of a stream simply
> impossible? do we have to use the non-geeky method to just connect all
> our boxes to one amplifier? any other suggestions? i will get some
> answers tomorrow when i will give it a try with icecast, but i will be
> happy to get something out the list about this issue too,

Icecast isn't really designed for doing this. However, you could 
re-synchronise on the client side (using a custom client) - there's enough 
information in the bitstream (at least if you're using vorbis) to do this.


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