Streaming With Icecast

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MPD is a program for playing music via a daemon process instead of using a client. It also incorporates a music database for quick access, playlists, and a variety of frontend options.

Step 1: Set Up MPD and Install a Client

Use the MPD Install Guide to install and configure MPD and a client.

Step 2: Setting up Icecast

  • Install Icecast via Pacman
 # pacman -S icecast
  • Edit the configuration file.

Open up /etc/icecast.xml in your text editor du jour. The main section you want to pay attention to is <authentication>. Inside the <authentication> block are all the passwords that icecast use. I STRONGLY RECCOMEND you change them.
Icecast defaults to listening on port 8000, and you may also change that if you wish.

  • Start icecast

You can start icecast by executing:

 # icecast -b -c /etc/icecast.xml
  • Test it.

Make sure Icecast is running by opening up http://localhost:8000/ in your web browser. You should be greeted by an Icecast2 Status page. This indicates everything is running properly.

Step 3: Configure MPD to be an Icecast Source

Edit /etc/mpd.conf and enable the Icecast audio_output by adding the following:

audio_output {
    type        "shout"
    name        "my cool stream"
    host        "localhost"
    port        "8000"
    mount       "/mpd.ogg"

# This is the source password in icecast.xml
    password    "hackme"

# Set either quality or bitrate
#   quality     "5.0"
    bitrate     "64"

    format      "44100:16:1"

# Optional Paramters
    user        "source"
#   description "here's my long description"
#   genre       "jazz"
} # end of audio_output

# Need this so that mpd still works if icecast is not running
audio_output {
    type "alsa"
    name "fake out"
    driver "null"
}