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Chapter 6. Using MP3 > Creating a Server

Creating a Server

You have the authoring computer’s Winamp encoder ready to crank out your MP3-encoded live stream. Now you need to connect to a server so that listeners on the Internet can hear it. Naturally, you must make some decisions regarding the type of server you will use. How many concurrent (simultaneous) listeners do you need to be able to serve, and at what bit rate? Multiplying the number of concurrent users times the streams’ bit rate will provide the total bandwidth requirements for your server scenario.

This test case runs the server computer from home using a 384Kbps sDSL (s for synchronous, meaning 384Kbps upload and download). It is encoding at a bit rate of 32Kbps and supports 10 concurrent listeners. Multiplying the number 10 (listeners) times 32 (the encode bit rate) comes out to around 320Kbps, leaving a little headroom for other tasks, such as testing the streams. Know how much upload bandwidth you have available. Most DSL connections are actually aDSL (a for asynchronous) and usually have much higher download than upload speeds. Check with your ISP customer support to verify your data rates.


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