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Streaming media server based on the MP3 audio code

Icecast is a streaming media server based on the MP3 audio codec. It will stream MP3s to virtually anything that will play MP3s, including XMMS, mpg123, Sonique, WinAMP, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, Ultraplayer, C3, and others. It was started as a shoutcast replacement, and is almost entirely ShoutCast compatible. Icecast's advantages over Shoutcast include: it uses less cpu and memory resources, you can have several streams per server, you can use multiple directory servers, administration is simple through either telnet, console, or the WWW interface.


User FAQ included; user manual included in HTML format


Download version 2.4.3 (stable)
released on 24 December 2015


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey19 March 2001

Leaders and contributors

Jack Moffitt Maintainer
David Parker Contributor
Edward Rudd Contributor
Steve Shreeve Contributor
Wolfram Andreas Richter Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Developer E-mail
Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 26 February 2017.


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