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PeerCast is a very lightweight tool that is capable of streaming audio content in a network using peer to peer technology.
This means not only that any listener can relay the stream to others, but it also makes the entire system use a lot less bandwidth from the source. This in turn means that you can stream higher quality MP3, OGG, WMA and WMV audio outputs as long as the connections between the users are stable.
Besides broadcasting to other peers, the application is capable of streaming the media to any player and offers you the possibility to do both at the same time. This way, you can choose to target a client in a different country, for example, and have him be the source for other peers. As a user, you can however set your relay to ‘0’ and not stream content any further.
The broadcast you create can be customized with a URL, name, description, played genre, contact information, bit rate and streamed format. You can also set a maximum number of relays and direct streams as well as other characteristics of your station. While on air, PeerCast provides information about its runtime, channel cache, bandwidth and connections.
Since listening to the stream is like downloading a file from a peer to peer system, no data is stored on your computer or any for that matter. Moreover, anyone that has a web browser installed on their computer can tune in to your music station and listen without having PeerCast installed.
Setting up PeerCast can take you a while but once you're done, it’s very easy to use and stream audio content. The only thing you should worry about is keeping the network alive as that solely depends on your listeners staying connected.
In closing, PeerCast has the capability to create an online streaming environment but it is an approach that has lost popularity over the years and might not turn out to be a permanent solution for your plans.
Reviewed by Alexandru Chirila, last updated on January 15th, 2014

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