RE: See if you can get this....

Jim Whitehead (
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 10:28:53 -0800

Well, I feel like I'm the last person on planet Earth to download WinAmp and
tune into a Shoutcast radio station, but I did this morning, and I have to
say it totally rocked!

Yeah, shoutcast still has a ways to go before it is as technically
sophisticated as the RealPlayer -- there needs to be better feedback on how
skippy a station will be, and the servers should be able to choke back on
their output for slower connections, but when you get a really good station,
it's bliss.

I wonder if there will be some serious fallout over IPR reimbursement with
these shoutcast stations. I forget exactly how it works, but radio stations
in the US pay royalties to ASCAP (or some kind of clearinghouse
organization). I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I'll bet that
shoutcast stations aren't doing this. Since most shoutcast stations niecly
have their playlist online, one would think a royalty collection agency
could write a robot to collect the playlist for a week or two, then send an
itemized bill. The longer you play, the larger your liability...

- Jim

> My friend Tom is running his own Internet radio station. It absolutely is
> *THE BEST* music station that I have heard in a loooooooong time.
> --wsmf shoutcast radio-<Open 24/7>--
> You need WinAmp and a PeeC
> You paste the IP address into WinAmp and connect. It alone was worth the
> price of building Darkside.