Why not see exactly what you can do with Centovacast right now? Our servers give you the capability to run a professional station, 24 hours a day, either pre recorded or live. You can build teams of DJ's to manage your playlists, monitor your listeners in real time, and manage your station adverts, all thought one easy to use interface. Check out the link below and log in with Client: demo, password:, demo123. This gives you an idea of just how quickly you could be up and running!
Please note, the demo account is a "DJ" account. You don't have full access to the server settings. There are even more options available in any one of our full packages!
ICECAST vs SHOUTCAST
The first question any new station faces, is whether to choose Icecast or Shoutcast as their streaming platform. Both are very similar, and both can be used to run large stations. However, recent developments lead us to recommend, quite strongly, Icecast over Shoutcast. Winamp, the company behind Shoutcast, recently went bankrupt and this has led to a lot of uncertainty over Shoutcast's future. Currently it is not possible to buy mp3 licenses for new stations (not required for ice cast) and thus new Shoutcast stations cannot broadcast to Flash Music Players, amongst other things.
All of this, to us, is unacceptable. We cannot thus rely on shout cast in the longer term. These problems may all resolve, or they may not. Regardless, this is an example of the fundamental weakness of proprietary software. Users are locked in to a system they have no control over. Icecast, by contrast, is truly Open Source. You can build you own version of Icecast should you so wish, you can fork the software, or add features. The choice is yours. Additionally, it is still under heavy development so new features and updates are being added constantly. We strongly recommend Icecast over Shoutcast. But as always, the choice is yours.
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