News out today, the SHOUTcast Dev Team has been hard at work creating the next version of SHOUTcast! Mixed opinions have been said on the Winamp forums and on the Broadcasting World forums. Several stream hosts are excited to bring in the new technology but what do you think? Tell us in the comments below!
All-New Station Directory:
We heard you loud and clear. You wanted easier navigation to find the stations you wanted to hear. You wanted better and faster search. You wanted more options to listen to your favorite SHOUTcast Radio stations. You also wanted the site to look pretty. We're giving you all that, and a lot more! Presenting the brand new SHOUTcast 2.0 Station Directory.
The SHOUTcast 2.0 station directory features:
Real-Time Search – Find music and audio content playing on SHOUTcast 2.0 stations in real time
'Coming Soon' search results searches against whats coming up next on SHOUTcast 2.0 stations
New genre list makes it easier to find stations that you are looking for
New bottom bar player lets to listen to music while you browse SHOUTcast stations at the same time.
New Popup player that is also embeddable on your website
Get station recommendations with the new "Featured Stations" section
Multiple sorting options including station name, genre, number of listeners, bitrate and type
Cleaner navigation to find broadcaster tool downloads
New Wiki for broadcasters
SHOUTcast 2.0 Broadcaster Tools & Platform:
Great news for SHOUTcast broadcasters and developers! We overhauled the engine to go with the shiny new paint. The completely re-written SHOUTcast 2.0 directory platform (aka YP2) and broadcaster tools (YP2 and tools already out on BETA) are a significant leap forward in the evolution of SHOUTcast. Some highlights include:
* All-new SHOUTcast YP2 protocol
* Real-Time metadata and stats reporting
* Static Station IDs!
* Streaming from port 80!
* Stream multiple stations from a single SHOUTcast server instance
* In-Stream metadata in standardized XML
* UTF-8 and international character support
* Support for multiple file-types including MP3, AAC+, FLAC, WAV and Ogg
* Improved server and stream security
To take advantage of the new user facing features like real-time search you need to upgrade to SC 2.0, get in early and migrate ASAP! Find out how you can get started by visiting the broadcaster tools beta thread here.