11 Feb 2003
peer-to-peer radio, it works!
i've just been trying out PeerCast
. for those who don't know, this is the next generation of internet radio
. peer-to-peer radio in similar vein to gnutella. you stream radio streams off a whole load of other users who are listening to the same thing. this is basically underground radio.
so why use peercast? i used it because its opensource and has a decent linux client. but for the radio channel operator, in general, it doesn't need heaps of bandwidth. just stream to a couple of ppl, and those people act as relays for the stream. its actually very good. and the ogg streams
however, its not without issues. basically, you control streams thru a web interface, which is very nice and cleanly designed. but xmms doesn't play well with the playlists it generates, i little bit of cut and pasting is required to get it streaming happily. the other alternative is streamer.
its a little dodgy .. i haven't tried out their client, but they claim it works under linux.
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