Always wanted to set up your own radio station? Well, with the Icecast broadcasting system, you can set up a multi-channel radio station on your home or office network. The best part? You get to pick the tracks.
Right, now that your server and streamer are talking to each other, and a stream is being broadcast to the world at large, there's only one question left: how do you tune in to it?
Well, the answer's pretty simple. All you need is a player capable of decoding Icecast streams, and you're golden. In our environment, we have successfully used Winamp 2.x and Windows Media Player with Icecast – you can obtain a list of other supported players from http://www.icecast.org/thirdparty.html
If you're using Winamp, tune into the stream by selecting the "Add URL" menu command and entering the server name, port and mount point, in the following format:
Using the example above, the URL would be
Winamp should now connect to the server and begin decoding and playing back the stream.
Sit back and enjoy the music -- you've just set up your own little radio station!