SHOUTcast Radio FAQ

What is SHOUTcast Radio?

SHOUTcast Radio is the ultimate directory of online radio stations. With over 50,000 music, talk, sports and community radio stations from all over the world, SHOUTcast is unparalleled in the breadth of content available -- no matter where you are -- at the press of a button.

The embedded web player lets you listen whilst simultaneously exploring other stations in the directory. The search function allows you to find your favorite songs and artists playing across the network, and our categories will make sure you won't have to spend time shuffling through music you don't want to hear.

How do I access stations on SHOUTcast.com?

Users wishing to use their default media players (eg Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes) to listen to SHOUTcast radio stations should follow these instructions. Further, this tutorial is also geared towards users wishing to access each station's launch link directly.

Play

Click the Play button to play the stream in the embedded player.

Winamp Player

Click on the and select Winamp.

Windows Media Player

Click on the and select M3U.

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How do I search for Radio Stations?

You can use the SHOUTcast searchbar to find radio stations playing music or audio content that you are looking for.

Simply type in the artist, song title, type of music or even the station name into the search bar to find stations matching your search criteria across 50,000 radio stations in the SHOUTcast directory.

For example, a search for Madonna returns radio stations playing songs by Madonna. You can search for stations by name. Example: NPR, KCRW Los Angeles.

Using Search Filters

Song Filter

  1. Now Playing filters stations from the results that match the artist or song title right now.
  2. Coming Soon filters stations from the results that match the artist or song title, but will be playing it within the next couple of minutes.

Connection Type Filter

  1. Broadband filters stations that are streaming at the bitrate of 128Kbps or more.
  2. Narrowband filters stations that are streaming at the bitrate below 128Kbps. Use this filter if you are on a mobile device or using a dialup connection.

Type Filter

  1. AAC filters stations streaming in the ACC streaming format. Note that you will need a media player that is capabile of playing AAC content in order to listen to AAC stations. We recommend Winamp.
  2. Coming Soon filters stations from the results that match the artist or song title, but will be playing it within the next couple of minutes.

What is a SHOUTcast Radio partner?

SHOUTcast.com is not the only place where you can browse and listen to SHOUTcast Radio stations. The SHOUTcast Radio directory is available on many third-party applications like the Sony MYLO and PSP, Chumby Internet Device, Radio Bee mobile applications and many more.

Full list of our partners

How do I become a SHOUTcast partner and use the SHOUTcast Radio APIs in my product?

Please fill out the SHOUTcast API Partner Request form and one of our team members will get in touch with you regarding the next steps.

Where can I get more information about SHOUTcast?

We've opened a new blog which will be updated with the latest SHOUTcast Radio news, updates and how to's. You can visit the SHOUTcast Product Blog. You can also follow us on Twitter and friend us on Facebook. Additionally, you can visit the SHOUTcast forum to communicate with other broadcasters about their SHOUTcast Radio experiences.