A message has appeared on Radionomy’s Shoutcast directory of internet radio stations warning that broadcasters should upgrade to the latest version of their software as soon as possible or face de-listing oblivion.
Historically broadcasters have been reluctant to upgrade from the company’s D.N.A.S release family 1.x to 2.x for a number of reasons despite the advantages of the newer version, such as more efficient resource utilization, better directory listings and multiple mount points for example.
Reasons for this reluctance have included upgrades requiring a service interruption which many prefer to avoid and early versions of ShoutCast’s D.N.A.S 2.0 having been rather buggy and unstable in some cases.
So what now? Well clearly Radionomy have a point, version 1.9.8 is more than 10 years old and upgrading is long overdue. Having received no updates for 10 years the software must represent something of a security risk at the very least. Dropping the listings of old D.N.A.S servers would certainly be an effective way of putting the required pressure on broadcasters to modernize their configurations. But it’s unclear how many of old installations are out there and how many of them can be upgraded or what the market share of different versions is. So this is one story that is likely to run for a quite long time and which we will have to keep tracking, so stay tuned…
“SHOUTcast versions prior to 2.0 are over 10 years old and will not be supported and will be delisted from the Website, YellowPages and API soon. Version 2.0 or better is required to retain your SHOUTcast listing. Make sure you’re on a SHOUTcast 2.0 (or newer) server to take advantage of the latest in streaming technology.”
Update 10.10.16 @ 19:56PM: I’ve written up and posted a guide to upgrading ShoutCast 1.9.8 to version 2.x. All in all the process should take just 5 minutes.