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Back when Shoutcast talked about closing shop I paniced and started seeking alternative ways to stream since I was using Shoutcast Servers. One of the tools I tried with good success was the B.U.T.T. Encoder.
Shoutcast did not close, it was taken over by Radionomy who is also continuing to develop Winamp, which is part of the Shoutcast package.
Today, hearing the talk about B.U.T.T. I would like to somehow put it to work, but I can’t think of a use for it.
At present KDX Worldround Radio operates a “Dreem Streem Trio,” three purposed streams serving special audiences.
The KDX AAC stream is considered by some to be “the streaming format of the future,” better than MP3, and Shoutcast released an AAC Encoder just prior to changing hands and withdrawing it from public access. Luckily I got one before they disappeared, and have an AAC stream for listeners whose players support it. I think you can find the Shoutcast AAC Encoder on MRAM’s website.
KDX Icecast is our high-quality mp3 stream and is one of two streams driven from SAM Encoder V3.8.3 by Spacial Audio, which I think cost $30. I don’t think either the Shoutcast or B.U.T.T. Encoders speak the Icecast language.
Another reason I wanted the SAM Encoder was its ability to transmit at 16kbps, a very low bit rate for the large number of dial-up internet listeners who cannot accomodate higher bit rates.
Just today we discovered another value for the low-bit rate 16 kbps stream, with the help of Brooce MICRO 1690/1700 who was unable to use his computer for browsing when tuned to KDX high-bitrate stereo, but is able to browse and listen when connected at 16 kbps mono.