[Icecast] Static File Playback vs. Streaming

Michael Smith msmith at xiph.org
Fri Dec 19 18:20:30 UTC 2008

On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 10:14 AM, J <skyliner306 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello.
> Hopefully a simple question with a simple answer:
> Am I correct that in order to play static files (i.e. mp3s, ogg audio,
> theora video) with Icecast 2 that I do not need an encoder (i.e. ezstream,
> ices)?
> I'm particularly interested in serving up theora video files, but the only
> experience I've had with Icecast is with an earlier version streaming audio,
> which worked great.

That is correct. However, if you're not doing any live streaming, we
strongly recommend using a standard web server (apache, etc.) rather
than icecast - they're doing the same thing, but apache is better at


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