Centova Cast makes it easy to configure your stream. Common options are included in the first few tabs, while advanced options are tucked away in additional tabs.
Features include: Stream status and current song | On-demand content downloads | Recent tracks list | Song request form | Station tune-in links | Map of listener locations | Web Player.
High-level overview of your stream statistics, including details of listener trends, average session times, total listening hours, data transfer, track playback, and more.
Information about listeners' usage of your station. Average session length is charted and graphed, and top listeners are ranked according to listener minutes and number of sessions.
Information about the countries from which your listeners are tuning in. Top listener countries are charted and graphed according to listener minutes and number of sessions.
Overview of the software programs your listeners are using to tune in to your stream. Each user agent is also classified as a legitimate or a stream ripper to assist in abuse detection.
In addition to providing total control over your streaming server, Centova Cast also provides comprehensive autoDJ system. When enabled, clients may upload their media and manage their media through Centova Cast's comprehensive AJAX Media Library.
Centova Cast's AJAX media library brings a familiar, desktop-style media management interface to the web. Tracks can be added to a playlist simply by dragging and dropping them on the desired playlist.
Centova Cast supports multiple playlists for each stream. Each playlist can be configured individually to control precisely how and when it will be played at a specific time, on a repeating schedule, or on a rotation schedule.
Centova Cast provides monthly, downloadable spreadsheets containing the complete list of songs you've played on your stream in the past month, including detailed information about the date, time, and audience of each performance.
By creating multiple general rotation playlists with different "weights", you can ensure that popular tracks (such as new releases) are always played more often than your less popular tracks.
Interval playlists are ideal for jingles, station identification, commercial advertisements, promotions, or any other media that you'd like Centova Cast to automatically play frequently and repeatedly.
Scheduled playlists play on a specific date, at a specific time, and can be configured to repeat every day, week, month, or year on a recurring schedule.
Immediate playlists play immediately when they are activated. They are ideal for spur-of-the-moment playback of tracks such as requested songs or announcements.
This widget will plot the geographical locations of your current listeners on a geographical map.
This widget will display a Windows Media Player on your web page.
This widget will display the current song title and artist on your web page, refreshing once every minute.
This widget will display a browser for your on-demand content, and allow your visitors to listen to and create playlists for your content.
This widget will display a list of recently played tracks.
It will display a form with which users can submit song requests.
This widget will provide a set of tune-in links for various media players.
This widget will display a Flash Player on your web page.
Icecast is a streaming media project released as free software maintained by the Xiph.org Foundation. It also refers specifically to the server program which is part of the project. Icecast was created in December 1998/January 1999 by Jack Moffitt and Barath Raghavan to provide an open source audio streaming server that anyone could modify, use, and tinker with. Alexander Haväng was also one of the chief architects of this product. Version 2 was started in 2001, a ground-up rewrite aimed at multi-format support (initially targeting Ogg Vorbis) and scalability. It has similar functionality to the proprietary media server program SHOUTcast, by Nullsoft.
The Icecast server is capable of streaming content as Vorbis over standard HTTP, Theora over HTTP, MP3 over the communications 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).