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Streaming server
Basic data

developer Radionomy
Current  version 2.5.5 (Build 733)
(October 10, 2017)
operating system BSD , macOS ; Linux ; Windows
category Streaming media
License Proprietary
German speaking No

SHOUTcast is a freeware - streaming server for audio streams / TV streams . The software was developed in 1999 by the company Nullsoft and acquired in 2014 by the company Radionomy . Shoutcast uses MP3 for audio data compression , AAC + for audio files and HTTP as the transport protocol for contacting the stream. This enables the operation of an internet radio under the operating systems Windows , FreeBSD , Linux , macOS and Solaris .


The software, which is available as freeware in the basic version, allows even inexperienced users to set up a server for Internet radio without any problems. The outgoing audio stream is supported by many popular clients . Some other media players allow the playback of a SHOUTcast stream with the help of a plugin.


Since a SHOUTcast stream runs via HTTP, it can be called up directly via a web browser ("HTTP GET" command). The response from the server contains information about the stream in the header and allows it to be played in a suitable media player . There is also the option of changing streamed audio files, e.g. B. during radio operation to announce the title of the current track to the audience.

Radio directory

Several thousand different web radio stations of various styles are entered in the SHOUTcast internet radio directory.

Shoutcast Wire

In the Winamp media player there is also the "Shoutcast Wire" function from version 5.1. A podcatcher has thus been integrated with which it is possible to subscribe to, listen to and manage podcasts . This service has relatively little to do with the actual shoutcast, as podcasts are usually not broadcast live and therefore do not depend on streaming servers.

Clients / players


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See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Free video player: VLC 1.1 released, then with expansion