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This news release is re-printed with permission from kdxradio.com –
December 12, 2013 — SHOUTCAST IS METAMORPHIZING — During the Winamp Era, ending December 20, it was possible to set up an entirely free streaming station with directory listing at the Shoutcast site. In fact, Shoutcast, co-owned with Winamp by Nullsoft and AOL, provided two free software add-ons which turned Winamp into a Shoutcast Server Version 1. But as of now, those free Shoutcast utilities are no longer available.
Version 2 of the Shoutcast Streaming software requires registering, purchasing an MP3 license with recurring fees, and becoming “authorized.”
Streaming stations utilizing Version 1 Shoutcast software are still being listed on the Shoutcast Station Directory but it remains unknown what changes are yet to come.