[Icecast] multichannel streaming

Mark Trimble trimblma at mscd.edu
Fri May 19 06:21:04 PDT 2006


My experience with Jinzora/NetJuke is that playback starts after your
playlist has been downloaded and that you may use either predefined
playlists, your own customized playlist, or have the system randomly
generate a playlist based upon your filters of artist, album, genre, etc.
Once stream playback begins, you may let the stream run as it was sequenced
or you may jump around the downloaded playlist and play, skip, or repeat any
tracks you want. Within a track, however, there is no option to rewind or
foast forward. This is a shortcoming for educational applications, but this
can be partially compensated for by breaking up instructional tracks into
smaller tracks, perhaps by topic or exercise. This will give users the
ability to repeat an instructional segment without starting everything over
again. It also has the added benefit of allowing more tailored content
delivery and improved navigation.

Mark


-----Original Message-----
From: icecast-bounces at xiph.org [mailto:icecast-bounces at xiph.org] On Behalf
Of dm8tbr at afthd.tu-darmstadt.de
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 1:45 AM
To: Georg Holzmann; icecast at xiph.org
Subject: Re: [Icecast] multichannel streaming

On Fri, May 19, 2006 at 07:30:54AM +0000, Georg Holzmann wrote:
> >So I'd rather look in direction of some client that is capable of 
> >http authentication and can send range requests and a server that 
> >understands those. You'll have static files anyway so no need to make 
> >them into live streams...
> hm ... what do you mean exactly ... something like Jinzora (as Mark
> suggested) ?
I don't know how jinzora handles things. IOW what happens if you push the
fast forward button in your client or skip 2min ahead right away.
My Idea would be the client requests another part of the file, thus reducing
bandwith usage and speeding things up. (instead of downloading the whole
file) Most http servers support this requests (they are needed for resume
download feature) I'm not sure about client software. This will need things
like guessing bitrate on vbr files etc.

Cheers

Thomas
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