[Icecast] New guy on the block

Dan Stowell danstowell at gmail.com
Sat Jan 15 10:19:34 PST 2005

Hi Randy,

Here's my advice - I'm a relative newbie myself but hopefully the
little I've learnt will be useful to you:

(1) Install icecast for the broadcasting, and also install "ices" for
the actual playing of the files. Use ices 0.4 if you want MP3, or ices
2 if you want Ogg Vorbis.

(2) Create a folder on your system, and in that folder store your
music - ideally, pre-converted into the exact format you want it
streaming at (e.g. 32kbps mono MP3, or 190kbps stereo MP3... you get
the point). Create a playlist file - a simple text file listing the
paths to each of those files (one per line).

(3) Configure icecast (edit one of the example config files to match
your own needs).

(4) Configures ices (ditto - configure it to read the playlist
information from that text file you created earlier).

(5) Start icecast.

(6) Start ices.

In theory, that's all you need to do - hey presto, you're streaming!
In reality, you'll need to struggle with the config files for a while
because the config is a bit confusing. The documentation isn't 100%
clear about every single detail, to be blunt, which is why it's good
that the nice people on this mailing list are so helpful!

I hope this is the kind of info you were after. Icecast and ices can
both do much more than this simple playlist-playing, but you might
like to start in this mode and then later on you can think about
extending the functionality (e.g. to dynamically generate the playlist
from Perl, add multiple streams).


On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 09:03:00 -0800 (PST), Randolph Davis Hill
<jakarhill at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I am new to icecast. My home project is to stream some of my music
> that I have composed over the Internet. If possible, if someone can
> provide me some quick pointers ?
> I would appreciate it.
> Randy
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