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Streaming music with Nicecast (Mac)

Streaming music with Nicecast (Mac)

If you are using a Mac, visit then Nicecast is probably the most common choice when it comes to broadcast software. It will work with either Shoutcast or Icecast streams and offers a host of features. You can download a free trial here rogueamoeba.com

First thing you will need to do is setup your encoder/stream settings, stomatology to do this:

  • Launch Nicecast

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  • From the Window menu, select Nicecast Server
  • Click the drawer icon at the top of the window (pane will open on the left of right of the window)
  • Click the + sign in the lower left of the drawer pane

You will now need to add the details of your stream to create a new external server entry. For a shoutcast stream:

  • Set a name for your server, this will be used in the drawer pane for reference
  • Set the Server Type to Shoutcast
  • Set the Password (this will be provied by your stream hosting provider)
  • Set the Address of your stream
    (NOTE: use the hostname not the ip address, for example gold.slserver.com and not 75.126.100.42, also note we do not use http:// at the start)
  • Set the Port (this will be provided by your stream hosting provider)

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The other sections do not need to be filled in. If you are using a IceCast server:

  • Set a name for your server, this will be used in the drawer pane for reference
  • Set the Server Type to IceCast 2 (standard IceCast server, if you are using a Quicktime Server then set this to IceCast 1)
  • Set the Address of your stream (NOTE: suggest using the hostname not the ip address, for example gold.slserver.com and not 75.126.100.42)
  • Set the Port (example 8000 – this will be provided by your stream hosting provider)
  • Set the Mount Point (/live – this will be provided by your hosting provider)
  • Set the Password (this will be provied by your stream hosting provider)

The other sections do not need to be filled in.

Once the server is setup, you will need to check the quality settings for your stream. Simply click the Quality button in the Nicecast Broadcast Window. Example would be:

  • Bitrate – 128 Kbps
  • Sample Rate – 44.100 Khz
  • Channels – Stereo

Then finally select the source of what you are going to stream, this might be iTunes, another application, microphone, etc. Simply click the Source button in the Nicecast Broadcast Window and select the correct option for you.

When you have everything configured, click the “Start Broadcast” button in the Nicecast Broadcast Window to start broadcasting!

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Once you are streaming, you would need to set the Music URL in Second Life. See the article Understanding Streaming in Second Life if you are not sure about how to set your music address in Second Life.