SHOUTcast Streaming Media is cross-platform proprietary software for streaming media over the Internet. The software, developed by Nullsoft (purchased by AOL on June 1, 1999), allows digital audio content, primarily in MP3 or HE-AAC format, to be broadcast to and from media player software, enabling the creation of Internet radio “stations”. SHOUTcast Radio is a related website which provides a directory of SHOUTcast Streaming Media stations.
The SHOUTcast Streaming Media software uses a client–server model, with each component communicating via a network protocol that intermingles audio or video data with metadata such as song titles and the station name. It uses HTTP as a transport protocol. Although multicast was planned, it was never developed.
SHOUTcast Streaming Media servers and clients are available for FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Solaris. Client-only versions exist for Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS (iPad, iPhone), Palm OS and webOS (Radio Hibiki), PlayStation Portable, Windows Mobile, Symbian S60 and UIQ, Nintendo DS (DSOrganize) and Wii.
The output format is supported by multiple clients, including Nullsoft’s own Winamp, and Amarok, Exaile, foobar2000, iTunes, Songbird, Totem, XMMS, and Zinf. If the client does not support the SHOUTcast Streaming Media protocol, then the SHOUTcast server sends the stream without the metadata thus allowing it to be heard/viewed in clients like Windows Media Player. SHOUTcast servers are usually linked to by means of playlist files, which are small text files (usually with extensions .pls or .m3u) that contain the URL of the SHOUTcast server. When that URL is visited in a Web browser which identifies itself as Mozilla-compatible (as most do), the server will return a generated SHOUTcast Streaming Media server info/status page, rather than streaming audio.
Icecast is a streaming media project released as free software maintained by the Xiph.org Foundation. It also refers specifically to the server program which is part of the project. Icecast was created in December 1998/January 1999 by Jack Moffitt and Barath Raghavan to provide an open source audio streaming server that anyone could modify, use, and tinker with. Version 2 was started in 2001, a ground-up rewrite aimed at multi-format support (initially targeting Ogg Vorbis) and scalability.
The Icecast server is capable of streaming content as Vorbis over standard HTTP, Theora over HTTP, MP3 over the protocol used by SHOUTcast, AAC, and NSV over the SHOUTcast Streaming Media protocol. (Theora, AAC, and NSV are only supported in version 2.2.0 and newer.) It uses external programs, called “source clients”, to originate the streams, and the Icecast project includes a source client program known as IceS. The source runs typically in the place where the audio is generated (e. g. a studio) and the Icecast server in a place where a lot of bandwidth is available (e. g., a colocation centre).
It has similar functionality to the proprietary media server program SHOUTcast Streaming Media, by Nullsoft.
We have noticed the demand in these services recently. So we have setup these services. Each plan comes with its own Control Panel (WHMSONIC) to start, stop, configure, your server. Enjoy. (we currently are out of stock on icecast)