SHOUTcast is a free Winamp-based multiplatform freeware audio streaming technology, developed by Nullsoft. It s a free-of-charge audio homesteading solution. It permits anyone on the internet to broadcast audio from their PC to listeners across the Internet or any other IP-based network.

Working of SHOUTcast:

The SHOUTcast audio homesteading system is comprised of three simple components – LISTENING, BROADCASTING & RUNNING A SERVER.

SHOUTcast software allows users to set up their own Internet radio servers using provided software. Listeners tune in to SHOUTcast broadcasts by using a player compatible with streaming MP3 audio. Users can visit the SHOUTcast directory to locate a stream they’d like to listen to. Recommended players are listed below:

* Windows users should use Winamp.
* Mac users should use iTunes.
* Linux/X Windows users should use XMMS.

Broadcasting needs dedicated server. Once a server’s located, broadcasters use Winamp and a plug-in called the SHOUTcast Source for Winamp Plug-In to send audio from Winamp to the SHOUTcast server.

This software runs on a server attached to an IP network with lots of bandwidth, and is responsible for receiving audio from a broadcaster, updating the SHOUTcast directory with information about what the broadcaster is sending, and sending the broadcast out to listeners.




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