Radio streaming live

Broadcast your audio streams live on the Web

Infomaniak Network has been accumulating substantial expertise when it comes to live audio streaming for more than 15 years, by providing the first web radio in Switzerland (basic.ch), and providing FM radios in Europe for more than 160 and in the rest of the world.

How does it work?

Radio streaming allows you to broadcast audio streams directly all over the world. You will generate an audio stream (voices of presenters, songs, jingles, speeches, live podcast...) to our servers, in a continuous loop. Our servers take charge of broadcasting of this stream to the customers who log in.

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Send us your audio streams

You generate an audio stream that you transmit live to our streaming server using the broadcast software of your choice (Nicecast, Edcast, SAM Broadcaster, etc.) and your ADSL/fibre/cable connection.

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Make your radio known

You then incorporate the link we provide you to your stream on your website, which any Internet user can access or you integrate a Flash player directly on the pages of your choice.

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We take care of the supply

Infomaniak Network broadcasts your programme to any listener who is connected anywhere in the world. So you can allow listeners to have access directly to one or more streams via their usual player (web page, iTunes, Windows Media Player, Winamp, mobile phone - iPhone or other- , IP radio, etc.).

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In a professional environment, you prepare the stream in a studio (with tape decks, computers, sound mixing, mikes etc.) and it is then encoded (the analogue signal is encoded in a digital format using a codec).

You are sending this digital audio stream to our continuous play server, which will make sure it is distributed to the web radio listeners.

Stream playing formats

We offer live audio streaming in AAC+ and mp3 formats in different bit rates. Compare these rates of sound compression below that change the quality of listening for the audience:

Formats Qualities
32kb/s
48kb/s
64kb/s
96kb/s
128kb/s
192kb/s
32kb/s
48kb/s
64kb/s
96kb/s
128kb/s
192kb/s
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What is the difference between an mp3 stream and AAC+?


The MPEG layer 3 audio standard - more usually known as mp3 - was published for the first time in 1993. Its successor, more recently, is the AAC format (Advanced Audio Coding). AAC+ is also called HE AAC is an improvement of the AAC audio codec, followed by another version called HE AAC v2.

AAC was chosen as main file format by Apple for iPods or its iTunes software, as well as by Sony.

This is the HE AAC codec, which has also been kept for 3G mobile network and TNT.

good The AAC format is far better quality compared to MP3 with identical compression rates.


So we recommend AAC+ rather than mp3. In fact a 32kb/s stream in AAC+ has generally better quality than a 64k/ps stream mp3 stream.

So you can choose to transmit your streams at different sound compression rates: 32kb/s, 48kb/s, 64kb/s, 96kb/s, 128kb/s and 192kb/s.

Stream compatible with all software and peripherals


Your streams can be played with any compatible audio player software that you can test below:

iTunes (.m3u) play
Winamp (.pls) play
iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android play
Windows Media Player (.asx) play
Quicktime (.qtl) play
Real Player (.ram) play

Functionalities

Compatibility for all support

Among the current compatible methods of listening, we can mention the iPod, iPhone, iPad, smartphones under Android and Windows Mobile, iTunes, QuickTime, Windows Media Player, Winamp, Internet browsers like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari etc...

peripheriques

Our solution is compatible with all encoding software supporting Icecast2 servers (Nicecast, Edcast, SAM Broadcaster, etc.)

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Customizable audio player

You can change visible texts (change in progress, volume etc.) as well as the colours for the Flash player that we provide in the admin console.

When the player is loaded onto an iPhone, a substitute iPhone player can be seen and loads a default stream. The audio streams can be offered at any time in a different format to AAC+ and mp3.

Audience in real time

Our admin console allows you to obtain detailed statistics about the audiences for your streams. Visualize your audience in real time, the number of single listeners per period, the average listening time and find out the geographical location of your audience.

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Simultaneous real-time connections
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Tools for analysis and advertising

Our live radio streaming service is compatible with Mediametrie-eStat solutions (Flash player only) and Web Radio Stats (WRS). It is also possible to use Adswizz, an ad server specializing in advertising in audio flux.

Other functionalities

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Keep track of your streams at all times thanks to our tracking widgets. Learn more

Display of metadata indicating the artist and title of the music playing, as far as this information is packed in the audio stream. Learn more

Customizable introduction when the stream (mp3) is started. Learn more

Event logging

Customization of streams.

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Technical infrastructure

We currently work with several hundred radio stations throughout Europe (France, Switzerland, Belgium etc.), and we provide support daily for several tens of thousands of simultaneous connections. This system is based on a cluster of servers in load balancing.

Reliability and availability fiability

In order to offer you broadcasting without faults or downtime, our network architecture and technical infrastructure incorporate numerous security systems. Learn more

24/24 monitoring monitoring

If there is the slightest break on streaming, an email is sent to the customer automatically. Infomaniak is alerted by pager and an engineer is available 24/24h to restore proper running of the service.

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Robustness

With audio streaming, FM radios have a more or less unlimited space for broadcasting for overall listening that was previously impossible. With Infomaniak they will also benefit from unrivalled broadcasting quality, without faults and interference, even when covering events live (matches, concerts, debates) and however their peak audience changes.

High-capacity connection

The servers managing radio streaming are in our datacentre in Carouge, linked by 2 20 GB dark fibres each, allowing peak traffic of up to 40 GB per second.

Servers in load balancing

For unlimited broadcasting, even when there are major peaks in audiences, we provide twenty servers in load balancing, dedicated to receiving and broadcasting streams.

Incoming servers

2 broadcast servers (live broadcasters) of which 1 reserve using LINUX HA technology (http://linux-ha.org) guaranteeing both fail-over (in case of a fault) for the live broadcasters and load balancing for live reflectors.

Distribution servers

10 Icecast servers in cluster for listening to AAC + mp3 and flv streams as well as 10 Wowza servers in cluster for listening to m3u8 streams (iPhone) rtmp (Android...). They share out the listeners of different streamings.

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Some references

We currently work with more than several hundred customers throughout Europe (France, Switzerland, Belgium etc.), including the following:

Radio Pilatus

Radio Pilatus - 95.7 FM Luzern - listen online, schedule, location, contact, song playlist and broadcast information.

Radio One FM

A radio station well known in Geneva, One FM uses different services like VOD, Live TV and audio broadcast.

NRJ Energy Bern

NRJ Bern is the radio station for hits. Listen to all the best Pop, Dance and Mainstream here!

View more references.

Any questions?

We invite you to check our knowledge base where you will be sure to find answers to your questions.

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