[Icecast] dir.xiph.org only listing Ogg streams

Dennis Heerema Dennis at heerema.net
Mon Jun 19 07:12:40 UTC 2006

Hi There,

The nice thing of  dir.xiph.org [http://dir.xiph.org/] was the fact that it 
supported more or less all formats, this way we were able to send out 
different formats, where the listener was able to choose his appriciated 
format from and listen to it, also the way it all got listed made it very 
easy for a listener to see all te streams from one station in the different 

Besides all above, not supporting AAC+ might not be a wise dissision, as at 
the moment it's giving the best result at the lowest bitrates, although a 
part of the signal is fake audio, for streaming it's OK.



-----Original Message-----

From: Ralph Giles <giles at xiph.org>

To: icecast at xiph.org

Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2006 11:06:25 -0700

Subject: [Icecast] dir.xiph.org only listing Ogg streams


I have modified the yp cgi script on dir.xiph.org to reject non-ogg 

streams. As the site has grown in popularity, it hasn't scaled well,

and maintaining the database was eating most of the resources on the 

server. We did some minor tuning a few months ago which helped, but

the load has continuted to grow and was affecting other more essential


Given Xiph.org's mission to promote free multimedia, I don't think it's

appropriate for us to devote resources to the advertisement of 

patent-encumbered streams to the detriment of our other services. Thus 

the listing policy change.

If you'd like to see it put back, we'll consider if the yp mechanism is 

rewritten to reduce the load it incurs. Another idea is to sell ads as a 

fundraiser, but I'm skeptical whether the current level of traffic would 

pay for a separate server.

Let me know if there are any problems,



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