[Icecast] Winamp 0% Buffering mp3 streams

Kai Schaetzl maillists at conactive.com
Thu Mar 10 18:45:09 UTC 2005

I'm new to streaming or music hearing over the wire, I still prefer my 
old-fashioned stereo equipment :-)
But a friend asked me to setup a shoutcast server for him, so I went out 
and installed it, played a bit with it and didn't like it. So I looked for 
an open source alternative and found Icecast. Installed fine, works fine. 
But there is one thing which puzzles me and I hope someone can shed some 
light on it. It seems that Winamp on Windows has a problem with mp3 
streams coming from my Icecast server. It stays forever at "0% Buffering". 
I cannot find much about this when searching around. Sometimes it's 
mentioned that this can indicate that the max listeners are reached. 
However, that's not the case here and I can listen to the stream with 
foobar2000 and Windows Media Player at the same time just fine. The source 
client doesn't seem to play a role either. I streamed with Winamp, both 
with the shoutcast and with the oddcast plugin, and my friend uses 
Nicecast on the Mac. But non of the listeners with Winamp get a tone. I 
can listen fine using ogg vorbis with the oddcast plugin. When I first had 
the shoutcast server running I only tested "on demand" streaming with mp3, 
that worked as well. But any mp3 stream going over that Icecast server 
makes Winamp just sit there.
My Winamp version is 5.something, downloaded just a few days ago.
Any hints why Winamp might not like it?

(BTW: there's no "on demand" streaming from a local directory in Icecast 
like you can do in Shoutcast, correct?)


Kai Schätzl, Berlin, Germany
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