Recently I’ve seen a rise in links with people offering shoutcast/icecast servers and even links to software all using a .tk web address.
According to Stop forum spam .tk is a well known spammers way of doing things.
As you can see from the above picture this sounds like yet another fly by night shoutcast host. Who doesn’t appear to have a proper web address instead he’s got a .tk one.
When searching for a shoutcast/icecast host make sure you follow these rules.
1) Make sure the host you intend to use has a proper web address and email address.
2) Read reviews about them on radio websites such as Broadcasting World
3) Look at their uptime any company that claims to have 100% uptime is lying.
(99.9% is acceptable as no host ever has 100% uptime)
4) Don’t be afraid to ask questions before you sign up. Any company worth their salt will get back to you with answers.
At the end of the day you want your station to sound professional and you certainly don’t need a host who’s servers aren’t up to the job.
Remember a fool and his money are easily parted!
I certainly would never entertain any web host or server host using a .tk address to sell their wares. It’s not a proper website address.