Shoutcast relaunches with new hosted streaming service

28 Jul

Gigaom

Pioneering online radio service Shoutcast relaunched Wednesday with a new hosted plan that offers webcasters a way to stream online radio at no cost, and even monetize their streams through advertising. Shoutcast was acquired by French online radio startup Radionomy in January. As part of the relaunch, Radionomy also pledged to continue to support the Shoutcast server software.

Shoutcast was originally created in 1999 by Nullsoft, which is better known as maker of the pioneering MP3 player software Winamp. Since then, it has been based on servers run by individual webcasters that use Shoutcast’s protocol to distribute their programming to listeners. Shoutcast syndicates all of its programming on its website as well as through a directory that is available via other audio applications, including iTunes (S AAPL) as well as the original Winamp player. AOL acquired Nullsoft and its Winamp and Shoutcast products in 1999, and didn’t do…

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