The Icecast server is capable of streaming content as Vorbis over standard HTTP, Theora over HTTP, MP3 over the protocol used by SHOUTcast, AAC, and NSV over the SHOUTcast protocol. (Theora, AAC, and NSV are only supported in version 2.2.0 and newer.) It uses external programs, called "source clients", to originate the streams, and the Icecast project includes a source client program known as IceS. The source runs typically in the place where the audio is generated (e. g., a studio) and the Icecast server in a place where a lot of bandwidth is available (e. g., a colocation centre).
It has similar functionality to the proprietary media server program SHOUTcast, by Nullsoft.
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