WBUN

From SquadWiki
Jump to: navigation, search

We're thinking about starting up WBUN again, or something like it, in a much more loosely-based fashion.

Possible changes would be:

  • No paid-for streaming service; you'd be using your own bandwidth (which means you pretty much have to have broadband)
  • We'd use some kind of service like dyndns.org to keep the same address, but change who's hosting
  • New idea, 2006-10-22: DiscRadio

We're trying to decide what streaming technology to use. We need feedback! General comments or suggestions should probably go on the Discussion page; specific issues or information can be added below.

Issues

Non-Technical

  • Does anyone have definitive information on the maximum number of streams before a netcast has to start paying artists' royalties?

'Casting Options

Proposed options are:

80kbps MP3 streaming

80kbps = 10k/sec. A cable modem with 45k/sec max upload would be able to host 4 listeners.

Pros
  • Almost universally supported across audio players
  • Winamp + Shoutcast DSP + Shoutcast DNAS are relatively easy to set up on the Windows end (alternatives are available for other platforms)
Cons
  • Not the best audio quality/bandwidth usage compared to other codecs

56kbps(?) Ogg Vorbis streaming

56kbps = 7k/sec. A cable modem with 45k/sec max upload would be able to host 6 listeners.

Pros
  • Supported by at least 1 player on each of Windows, Mac, Linux
  • At 56kbps, sounds about equal to an 80kbps MP3 stream.
Cons
  • Uses considerably more CPU than MP3 encoding - annoying for laptop users and problematic for those with older computers.

48kbps HE-AAC (AAC+) streaming

48kbps = 6k/sec. A cable modem with 45k/sec max upload would be able to host 7 listeners.

Pros
  • Supported by at least 1 player on each of Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Best-sounding streaming audio codec there is available. Widely hailed as the future of internet radio.
Cons
  • Unlike the other two, the software is not free (in fact, it's quite expensive). This is basically not really being considered at all, I just listed it here for completeness.

Additional Notes

  • I have access to a dedicated Red Hat / Apache server with serious bandwidth (multiple OC-3) that isn't being utilized much. It is not, however, very powerful (266 MHz, I think), so it couldn't do the encoding -- but it might act as a relay. Does anyone know if this could be of use?
    • Most definitely. That would pretty much remove all worries about number of users. ~ Aero 15:43, 2 Jun 2005 (EDT)
      • Mind you, I have no idea what software would be needed, and only the vaguest idea of how to install whatever software that might happen to be. --Woozle 16:50, 2 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • If the still existent Live365 site is going to be any competition or cause any confusion please contact the owner of the WBUN domain and various things can be altered.