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Finding people's webcasts
Use the source-Shoutcast.com
By Russell Kibbee
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2000-09-10
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The recent ability of ordinary music fans to create and stream their own online radio show has created an explosion of choices for you as a listener. There are numerous stations out there, but the problem is finding them. Previously, we discussed finding the larger radio and web only stations, but now you will become skilled in finding and listening to the personal webcasting stations.

Step 1: What is Shoutcast?
Shoutcast is a streaming MP3 format based on the Winamp platform. You can listen to any number of stations that people are broadcasting using this format.

Step 2: Do I need a special player?
No, if you want to listen to Shoutcast webcasts, all you will need is a streaming MP3 player such as Winamp, Music Match, or any of the top level MP3 players. Because it is so easy and inexpensive to broadcast, there is a wide variety of programming available.

Step 3: What do I need to broadcast?
If you want to join the Shoutcast revolution, you will need the latest version of Winamp, and a Shoutcast plug in. There are other details that will be covered in a separate personal broadcasting section.

Step 4: Who owns Shoutcast?
Shoutcast is owned by Nullsoft software. Nullsoft is the creator of Winamp, and Nullsoft is owned by AOL. This connection is quite obvious when you see features such as AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ (also owned by AOL) in the Shoutcast offering.


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