Want to send Now Playing song data to your Icecast Streaming Media server, from your Radio Playout/Automation system? MetaRadio makes this possible. This article explains the setup of MetaRadio and Icecast, allowing the current song title and artist to be sent to any compatible player.

Before you begin, you’ll need to get a free trial or paid license of MetaRadio. For other setup guides, see our MetaRadio Support Site.

Prerequisites

  • MetaRadio installed on your PC, with at least one station (automation system) configured
  • An Icecast server with a streaming mount-point configured (Relays are not supported)
  • The Mount Name and Mount Password for your Icecast server
  • Access to the internet from your MetaRadio computer

Configuring Icecast in MetaRadio

  1. Open MetaRadio Config from the Start Menu on your computer
  2. Select your Radio Station, and press “Edit”
  3. Press “Add Output” and select “Icecast” from the drop-down menu
  4. Enter the required details for your Icecast stream
    1. Mount Point: The mount for your Icecast source (e.g. ‘/mystream‘)
    2. Icecast Address: The address of the server, not including the mount name (e.g. ‘http://stream.mediarealm.com.au/’)
    3. HTTP Auth Username: Set this to ‘source’ (alternatively, you can set it to ‘admin’ if you know the main admin password for the whole server)
    4. HTTP Auth Password: The password for your Icecast mount. This is the same password you put into your streaming encoder.
  5. Press “Update Output Details” and “Update Station Details”
  6. Close and save your changes in the MetaRadio Config app
  7. Restart the main MetaRadio app, and check to see if the correct data appears on the Icecast admin page next time a song plays

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I'm Anthony Eden, and I'm a broadcast technician / software developer / technology solutions engineer. I've been working in broadcast media since 2008 (getting my start in Community Radio while still at school), and developing software and websites for just as long. Right now, I work in the broadcast industry and provide some freelance services through Media Realm.

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