Old 24th March 2005, 23:41   #1
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Strange.....Please check stream!

Hi All

Noobie to this I'm afraid...think I have it worked out but I need someone to test the stream - I have not asked a question yet - needed to work it out myself!

Anyway, it says I am connected, and Radio Toolbox gave me a rating of 117.3% which seems cool. However, I am using Virtual DJ rather than Winamp for the sound and when I try to connect to myself on the Shoutcast Homepage, Winamp just comes up with cannot connect to my own IP.

It is listed okay so I just wanted to know whether it was possible to listen to yourself online - and is my stream actually working and is the volume etc okay? - Or can nobody connect for some reason?

Thanks All - IP Address to check is //81.129.134.63:8000
Name is Virgin Dance Radio

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Old 24th March 2005, 23:44   #2
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Old 24th March 2005, 23:45   #3
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but i doubt you can support 1000 slots, your only on a BT-Central connection

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Old 24th March 2005, 23:46   #4
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Beauty!!!
Is volume okay and can others check - I'm just a perfectionist (you know!)

Also - is there any way of listening to myself?

I have enabled multi instance in winamp if that helps

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Old 24th March 2005, 23:47   #5
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1000 slots - I know I can support about 20 - just getting people to listen by looking like THE Virgin radio!
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Old 24th March 2005, 23:50   #6
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well, its possible your router doesnt allow you to connect to yourself (else try localhost:8000 or 127.0.0.1:8000), the volume is rather low, but not bad

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Old 24th March 2005, 23:52   #7
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Works for me too.
If you're using a BT router/ISP for some reason you can never hear yourself off your own IP number, I had the same bother myself the other week. Most confusing!
However, if in the future you are concerned, I find a great test is to just put http://localhost:8000 into a browser. If the shoutcast gubbins shows up then the outside world 'should' be able to hear you.
By the way, it was very nice to see that someone did actually READ all the information provided here first.

( oooh you sneaky ninja-editor Baskido )
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Old 24th March 2005, 23:52   #8
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lol if you wanna look like THE Virgin radio, you might wanna buy some real, dedicated shoutcast hosting, have a look at this nice list:
http://radiotoolbox.com/hosts

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Old 24th March 2005, 23:57   #9
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Cool forum - Like Friendly People!

I've just thrown the volume up a bit - is that okay now?

Um - I only have a 32kb/s stream going - it seemed okay when I was listening to others - is there a major differnce when you raise it?

I just thought sacrafice the quality a bit just to get a few more people on!

Sensible? - Or do more people listen to better quality streams?

Sorry to be a pain asking you to check but these I suppose are relevant noobie questions!

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Old 25th March 2005, 00:06   #10
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Sounds perfectly ok to me. I think it rather depends on your audience as to how fussy they are about bitrate levels.
I think Baskido mentioned earlier looking into a remote server. They're not too pricy. http://www.radiotoolbox.com/hosts/ has a few, I liked streamingsolutions offer the best. I have a different remote server hosted by a friend for pennies, maybe you know someone who would help with that?
I have 128kbps @ 20 listeners for £10 a month which isn't bad really.
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Old 25th March 2005, 00:22   #11
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Hmmm - think I am going to do that....$1.10 per listener a month at 128 is pretty good - what is a good number to start at and how many listeners could I expect - ie - I do not want to waste money on buying too many slots.

Would 10 do, or should I get 50 or 100 - or would that just be a waste because it takes time to get a listener base?

Just curious on how to get lots of listeners.

I have a website to promote it on as well - www.money-marketer.com if you want to take a look - I have an on demand streaming radio in the FREE section as well - I could link that to Shoutcast!

Just interested to know tips on getting more listeners!
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Old 25th March 2005, 00:40   #12
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Start small is my advice, having had involvement with a couple of larger stations for a few years, you need to establish an interactive community as well for better results.
Get a 20 listener capacity for starters and see how that works out, then you can add more, rather than paying over the odds for 100 and finding it hasn't filled up.
90% of net radio ventures never peak over 15 listeners as the owners of the stations do not do much to provide a base for the listeners. Maybe build a bulletin board or a chatroom where people can communicate with each other and your djs?
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Old 25th March 2005, 00:59   #13
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http://ls1.radioactivehost.com:8000
^ thats 1 of our servers, that peak took us over 3 years to get, lol.
Its hard to start out as a station now, because there are so many, but if you really are broadcasting something catchy, unique, and proffessional, you'll see that hard work pays off.

btw. yes that server is on a unshared gigabit connection

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Old 26th March 2005, 02:40   #14
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Hi guys

Nice - well it's nearly 4 am in the UK and you know the score - just loving the music (and beer)!

Have a listen - is music still coming out okay? - What is the big attractor these days - I love Fun-Kee House!
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Old 26th March 2005, 02:47   #15
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Is the stream still sounding okay?
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Old 26th March 2005, 03:41   #16
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Baskido - What- my server is on an unshared connection?

I am out in the sticks if it is!!!!

Nice news if so, test it on 20-40 users then if it sticks about, but more slots from a stream specialist!

Please give me the good news?
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