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.
Finally, what about the Web-based administration module I was touting so proudly earlier? Well, I wasn't lying -- the icecast server comes with built-in support for Web-based administration of the server, allowing you to use a Web browser to view source client and listener statistics, kick source clients and/or listeners off the server and manipulate mountpoints. As of this writing, this module is fairly basic, but expect it to improve over time (or why wait? just roll your own admin module, it's pretty easy!)
In order to access the Web administration module, start up your browser and point it to the hostname of your icecast server. For example, if your server is named "olympus.local.net" and is running on port 8000, you can access the Web based administration module by browsing to this URL:
At this point, you'll be asked for a user name and password. Enter the values you specified oh-so-long-ago in the icecast configuration file,
and you should be in. Here are some of the screens you might see:
Go ahead and play with it -- you're not likely to break anything serious!
If you're looking for tools to interface with the icecast server, either to manage playlists or control server variables, there are a number of free, open-source applications available to help you in this endeavour. Here's a list of the best ones: