Any alternatives to Nicecast?

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  1. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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    Basically I'm looking for something cheaper (or free!) that can do the basics of what nicecast does. Any ideas?

    NiceCast


    I should explain that what I'm looking for is a way to create a stream on one computer that iTunes on another computer in the network can tune into.
     
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  3. stevietheb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The nice thing about NiceCast is that it hijacks the audio from a specific application. For example, you tell it to listen to iTunes or Quicktime and then stream it to location x.

    I do not see a way to do this in QT Broadcaster. The only source I see is the internal mic.
     
  4. daveL macrumors 68020

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    Broadcaster is a real-time encoder. It will encode any file you have. I should have read your post more closely. Obviously the stuff you are streaming is already encoded. There's the Darwin streaming server, which is free. On the other hand, why can't you just use the iTunes sharing feature. That's what I do at home. If you need to stream outside your local subnet, then the Darwin streaming server may be what you want.
     
  5. stevietheb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've got two objectives here...

    First: I'm trying to find a way to send the SAME music to AirTunes as is playing out of my iTunes speakers (I understand issues with lag and stuff, but what I'd want is the same music playing in different rooms...so that's not a huge isse). Currently I am able to play music on both by opening iTunes in a different account, setting one to my computer speakers, and the other to my stereo speakers...but they aren't playing the SAME track. SO, with Nicecast I could (I think) set iTunes to send music to AirTunes, set Nicecast to listen to iTunes, then I could use realplayer or something else to listen to the stream on the computer speakers--all from the same account. If not from the same account, at the very least I could do it with iTunes in two different accounts.

    Second: It would be nice to access (later on down the road) my music from elsewhere (such as the office)...but this is secondary and not my primary objective at this point.

    Objective 1 is to get a stream going FROM iTunes...

    Thanks for the assistance!
     
  6. daveL macrumors 68020

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    I don't have an Airport Express. I didn't realize that, if iTunes was streaming to Airport Express (AirTunes), you couldn't also listen to it on the Mac that iTunes is running on. Seems like an odd limitation, really.

    How about freecast? www.freecast.org. It's a Java p2p streaming app.
     
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    That's nicecast. Did you see the title of this thread? I guess he doesn't want to pay $40 for it.
     
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    Uh... so how exactly is SlimServer, which is the free product I linked to, the same as NiceCast?

    So yeah I did read the title of this thread. :D
     
  10. daveL macrumors 68020

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    Sorry. I saw the Mac reference in the side panel and read the nicecast bit. You are correct that SlimServer is open source. It says it does AAC, but I have a feeling it can't deal with stuff bought from iTunes, which has fairplay DRM wrapped around it. Anyway, it certainly looks interesting. I'm now curious why the site even references nicecast. Sorry again for not reading closely enough.
     
  11. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    You can try icecast, which can be installed using Fink Commander.

    I got the "server" running - I think, but was naver able to connect to the "server" using iTunes - my effort was very half a$$ed though, so maybe you might have better luck.
     
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    I bet you're right. For me this wouldn't be a big deal since the majority of my music is from CDs I've ripped to AAC, but that might be a deal-breaker for others.

    Actually I just took a look at the FAQ - you are definitely right

    It looks like icecast only supports MP3 and Ogg Vorbis. Is there a way to add AAC support?
     
  13. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Thats the stream format, not whats playing. IIRC, it will convert whatever is playing either into MP3 or Ogg. As far as playing AAC, I don't remember it hooking up with iTunes, I was trying to configure it with MacAmp - which I can't remember if it can play AAC (especially DRMed files). Either way, I say plunk down the 40 big ones and enjoy the simplicity of Nicecast.
     

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