[Icecast] ICECast in Flash / IEWin

Ian Andrew Bell hello at ianbell.com
Fri Nov 5 04:00:38 UTC 2004

On 2-Nov-04, at 5:55 PM, Michael Smith wrote:

> We don't sent a content-length header because there's no way to know 
> the
> content length in advance - it's a stream, after all!

Well, you COULD do this but choosing not to when there seems to be a 
lot of call to add one doesn't seem to be a great answer.

> Whilst you're welcome to do something like this, it would be very
> inappropriate for the normal icecast sources to do this - it's giving
> deliberately wrong information that WILL cause problems.

Commercial stations would want this anyway since they:

A)  Don't want to have unauthorized sources repeating their signal (and 
thereby depriving them of vital listener stats)
B)  Probably want to kick off listeners every few hours so you're not 
paying $$ to your bandwidth supplier for folks who are AFK for a whole 

Seems to me like you could kill two birds with one stone by adding a 
config feature to predefine the content-length header in that:

1)  You'd solve the whole streaming to Flash within ActiveX thing, and
2)  You'd give streamers the ability to kick listeners every once in a 
while (which can't be that bad)


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