Fake Stats on Shoutcast?

Fake Stats on Shoutcast?

A year and a half after this article was originally written I still don’t get it!

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Why is it that some stations on Shoutcast seem to want to fake their listener stats?

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As you can see from the picture the topstations are claiming to have 13,000 listeners.

When I looked at their PLS file they appear to have a cluster of shoutcast servers all on the same IP range all with around 80/90 listeners.

It’s not exactly rocket science to work out that listener figures somewhere are being messed around with.

It seems to me that it’s not just that one station but quite a few meddling with their listener figures.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen online radio station owners blatantly lying about their listener figures.

A couple of years ago one station owner was bragging that he had 20,000 listeners a week.

When I monitored his shoutcast server the peak was about 46 listeners.

Why bother faking stats? It will only make you and your so called online radio station look silly.

How To: Get Listed on Steamcast

How To: Get Listed on Steamcast?

I’ve known about Steamcast for quite sometime now. After seeing a forum post about it yesterday I tried setting up a server on the computer.

Even for someone with a reasonable knowledge of how to configure stuff I was stumped while trying to get it up and running.

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After trying both the Windows & Linux versions of Steamcast I just couldn’t get the encoder to connect. I kept getting a “Bad Password” error yet I tried both the admin and DJ passwords.

Then I read a bit more info on Steamcast on this post on Broadcasting world

I then realised you don’t need a Steamcast server to be listed on the Steamcast website. You can do this quite easily through your Icecast server.

You just need to add this bit of code to your Icecast server configuration file.

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You can find the copy and paste of the code Here

Just add it to the code to the .xml configuration file of your Icecast server.

Restart your icecast server for the changes to take effect.

If all goes to plan and your server is listed as public your station should be listed Here

It really is that simple!


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