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Radio Mast vs. Icecast

Radio Mast vs. Icecast

If you're looking for radio stream hosting, you might be considering Icecast hosting. There are dozens of companies offering Icecast hosting, but most of them come with limitations and are more or less all the same. However, Radio Mast streaming goes beyond Icecast.

The Radio Mast Streaming Network is built on proprietary streaming server software that improves upon on Icecast by lowering latency and improving stability. Our stream hosting is compatible with any streaming encoder that supports Icecast, and any player that supports HTTP or Icecast streams.

There are 5 key advantages that make Radio Mast better than your average Icecast hosting provider or hosting Icecast yourself on a VPS:

  1. Redundancy and Reliability - Every Radio Mast stream is automatically mirrored across multiple servers on our streaming network. If one server goes down, another one picks up the slack and your listeners are automatically redirected. With regular Icecast, if your server goes down, you're off the air. With Radio Mast, your stream has automatic, built-in redundancy for better reliability.

  2. Fully Managed Service - With Radio Mast, you don't have to worry about maintaining your own server. There's no security updates to install, OS upgrades, Windows Update, and so on. You don't have to worry about running out of disk space or RAM. But if you try to self-host Icecast or Shoutcast, you need to worry about all of these things. Radio Mast helps you lower the total cost of ownership of online streaming by eliminating the system maintenance for you. We take care of it all for you.

  3. Fully Supported - Our Streaming Network is powered by our proprietary in-house streaming software, which is fully supported by our internal team of experienced audio developers. On the other hand, Icecast is only community supported, and when there's bugs, your radio station is at the mercy of whenever a hobbyist developer gets around to fixing it. With Radio Mast, the reliability of your stream is our #1 priority, always, and we're professionals committed to providing the highest reliability streaming.

  4. Instantly Scalable - Got a big spike in listeners? Radio Mast lets you scale up your listener capacity with a single click. You don't have to worry about running out of bandwidth or adding servers - Our Streaming Network handles it all for you seamlessly. On the other hand, with Icecast, scaling it up involves adding new servers, watching your bandwidth usage, load balancers, and juggling stream relays. Radio Mast makes scaling your radio stream simple so you can focus on making great radio.

  5. Secure - HTTPS streaming and Icecast SSL are challenging and time consuming to configure if you're self-hosting. With Radio Mast, all our streams are automatically HTTPS capable, with zero configuration on your part.

In this article, we explored the benefits of the Radio Mast Streaming Network over regular Icecast hosting.

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