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What is the difference between sc_trans and ices?


I see that Centova Cast supports both sc_trans and ices streaming sources. What is the difference between the two?


sc_trans and ices are both streaming source applications, which provide an audio stream to your SHOUTcast or IceCast streaming server. Fundamentally, they serve the same purpose, and they're both free to use.

ices is an open-source package, and works with both SHOUTcast and IceCast.

sc_trans is proprietary and closed-source, and only works with SHOUTcast.

In terms of practical differences, sc_trans v1 and ices offer similar functionality, but sc_trans v1 tends to be much less reliable and crashes much more frequently than ices. Given the choice between sc_trans v1 and ices, ices is almost always the better choice. sc_trans v2 offers many more features than sc_trans v1 or ices, but tends to be less stable than ices but more stable than sc_trans v1.