You should now see a dialogue window that looks like the screenshot above. If you would like to make your radio
station (server) public, or in other words listed on the Nullsoft Shoutcast website at
www.shoutcast.com you should check the checkmark labeled
"Make this server public". An example of a scenario in which you would want to uncheck this option would be if
you were streaming a audio conference for your business in which you only wanted your business associates to
have access to the stream. Making a server private does not password protect it, it simple does not list
it on the shoutcast website.
Under the field labeled "Description", you should enter the title of your radio station or broadcast. An example
would be "Server Room sample radio station" or "Johns Music" - this field can contain any alphanumeric entry
including general punctuation (periods, semi-colons, asterisks, etc.).
Under the field labeled "URL" you should enter the website of your radio station, your personal website, or a website
that pertains to the stream itself. For example, if you were broadcasting a talk show about current or news events
you could either link to your website or you could link to http://www.cnn.com. You must format this field
with a http:// prefix (www prefix optional depending on your webserver). A correctly formatted url would look like
http://www.serverroom.net, http://www.bobsmp3music.com/music/mymusic.html, or http://microsoft.com.
If you do not have a website or a website with content applicable to your stream, you should specify either
http://www.serverroom.net or http://www.shoutcast.com or leave this field blank.
Under the field labeled "Genre" you should specify what type of music or content you are streaming. For example,
if you were broadcasting a live talk show you could enter in this field talk or live talk radio.
If you were broadcasting a Rock show you could specify Rock and so forth.
The field labeled "AIM" is provided for people who have an AOL Instant Messenger screen name which are available
free at www.aim.com. This is also the same for the field labeled
"ICQ" which is available at www.icq.com. The purpose of these
fields is to allow your listeners to make instant music requests or leave feedbacks on your stream. If you do
not have an AIM or ICQ username, or do not wish to include it along with your stream, you should leave these
The field labeled "IRC" is for those who wish to link their stream to an Internet Relay Chat server. If you do not
have a chat room on an IRC server, or do not wish to include it with your stream you should leave this field blank.
Finally, you need to specify whether or not you wish to include what song and artist are currently playing on your
stream. By default this field is checked, and we recommend leaving it as so but their are some scenarios in which
you may wish to disable this feature such as if you were broadcasting a live talk radio show. You may also choose
to uncheck the options labeled "Auto" to the right of the fields labeled Title and URL. Doing so will un-grey these
fields and allow you to supply the stream with a custom title for whats playing and an alternate URL than you provided
above. [See figure 1.5, above]