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EZStream

Note: This page is quite old and is likely out of date. My opinions may have also changed dramatically since this was written. It is here as a reference until I get around to updating it.

EZStream is a media streamer and re-encoder that can be used to feed Icecast.

Mounting Content

I have a Samba share “Media” setup on the server “samba-srv” that holds all my media and allows anonymous read access to the content. You’ll need to install cifs-utils to mount the samba share. To make it available to my stream server I’ve performed the following:

mkdir /media/content
mount -t cifs -o username=guest /samba-srv/Media /media/content

The above command could be added to an init script like an rc.local or alternatively you can do it right and add it to the fstab file to be mounted automatically. You’ll want to add the following to /etc/fstab:

/samba-srv/Media  /media/content  cifs  auto,guest,_netdev  0 0

Nice and easy.

Installation & Configuration

Quick and Easy:

yum install ezstream -y

ezstream.xml

<ezstream>
  <url>http://127.0.0.1:8000/automation.ogg</url>

  <sourceuser>automation</sourceuser>
  <sourcepassword>hackme</sourcepassword>

  <format>VORBIS</format>

  <filename>./song_request.rb</filename>
  <playlist_program>1</playlist_program>

  <svrinfobitrate>128</svrinfobitrate>
  <svrinfochannels>2</svrinfochannels>
  <svrinfosamplerate>44100</svrinfosamplerate>

  <metadata_format>@a@ - @t@</metadata_format>

  <reencode>
    <enable>1</enable>
    <encdec>
      <format>FLAC</format>
      <match>.flac</match>
      <decode>flac -s -d --force-raw-format --sign=signed --endian=little -o - "@T@"</decode>
      <encode>Not supported Yet</encode>
    </encdec>
    <encdec>
      <format>MP3</format>
      <match>.mp3</match>
      <decode>madplay -b 16 -R 44100 -S -o raw:- "@T@"</decode>
      <encode>Not supported Yet</encode>
    </encdec>
    <encdec>
      <format>VORBIS</format>
      <match>.ogg</match>
      <decode>oggdec -R -b 16 -e 0 -s 1 -o - "@T@"</decode>
      <encode>oggenc -r -B 16 -C 2 -R 44100 --raw-endianness 0 -q 1.5 -t "@M@" -</encode>
    </encdec>
  </reencode>
</ezstream>