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4 Best Free Live Audio Streaming Software

Audio Streaming can be fun, you can host your own show on internet with very little effort of installing softwares and equipments like a simple mic arrangement.

Live streaming, more specifically, means taking the audio and broadcasting it live over the Internet. The process involves an encoder to digitize the content, a audio publisher where the streams are made available to potential end-users and a content delivery network to distribute and deliver the content. The media can then be viewed by end-users live.

With documentation and help files its easy to host and make perfect use of your internet plus computer, with just sitting back in your office or bedroom.

Here is the list of 4 open source audio streaming software.

Icecast

Icecast is a streaming media project released as free software maintained by the Xiph.org Foundation. It also refers specifically to the server program which is part of the project. Icecast was created in December 1998/January 1999 by Jack Moffitt and Barath Raghavan to provide an open source audio streaming server that anyone could modify, use, and tinker with. Version 2 was started in 2001, a ground-up rewrite aimed at multi-format support (initially targeting Ogg Vorbis) and scalability.

a broadcast server, serves audio signals to clients over the HTTP protocol

PeerCast

PeerCast is a simple, free way to listen to radio and watch video on the Internet. It uses P2P technology to let anyone become a broadcaster without the costs of traditional streaming. This means you get to hear and watch stations not normally found on commercially funded sites. PeerCast offers considerable savings for broadcasters because they do not have to provide bandwidth for all of their listeners. A single 56K modem can be used to broadcast a radio station to the entire network.

a peercasting tool

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Firefly Media Server

Firefly Media Server is an open-source project to build the best server software to serve digital music to the Roku Soundbridge and iTunes; to be able to serve the widest variety of digital music content over the widest range of devices. Current stable releases have been reported to run on Linux, all the BSDs, Solaris, AIX, and a variety of embedded devices such as the Linksys NSLU2, the Maxtor MSS, and the Buffalo Linkstation, to name but a few.

streams music to DAAP clients like iTunes and Rhythmbox

VideoLAN

VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various formats. It is one of the most platform-independent players available, with versions for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BeOS, Syllable, BSD, MorphOS, Solaris and Sharp Zaurus, and is widely used.

media and server programs for video and audio streaming

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28 Responses to 4 Best Free Live Audio Streaming Software

  1. vicky89 says:

    very good list…
    the one i prefer is the videolan. it is easy to use and very userfriendly

    • Quella says:

      Hi,
      Yeah, videolan is good for saving audio and video into different formats. I like this one too. While I am searching for streaming audio program on the internet, I stumble upon a streaming audio recorder, which can be used to do audio recordings and editing straightly, not using codecs. Perhaps you will like this one.

  2. icechen1 says:

    I didn’t know you can use VLAN to broadcast streams. I guess you learn something new everyday :P

  3. rakesh agrawal says:

    vlc is good but its freq responce is only upto 10kc for streeming. how we can get 20kc responce

  4. hamaster30 says:

    video lan is one of my favorite live streaming software

  5. dragan says:

    i dont know how setup streaming for schotcast winamps

  6. Thanks for the overview Jaspal.

    You can also try our new free service that lets anyone host live broadcasts through their own website or blog using a simple widget at http://croice.com/

    -Vadim

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