I'd like to create a website or server (or both) that will stream audio just like a radio station. I'm having trouble figuring out how it all gets configured together. I've done my google searches, but I'm not figuring it out so I need help. I know there are the expensive ($500-1000) packages like wirecast, but that's beyond what I'm trying to do. There's also ustream software, which is ok, but I don't really want to use ustream right now. There's Shoutcast which I'm familiar with from years ago, but I don't know how it has evolved or if it is still a popular option.
As you can see, I don't really have any direction right now, so I'm interested in hearing your thoughts and advice. I'd like to be stream the audio on a website, but I'd also like it to be something accessible through other sources like smartphones. That's why something like Shoutcast is interesting, it's a link that can be pasted into shoutcast players which then plays the stream. So you don't need to play it through the browser. So I'd like to be able to cover all the bases.
I've seen people with Android phones use these radio apps to search a bunch of stations, I'd like to broadcast to those as well. So there are several components involved here. It would be nice if one software covered them all, but I doubt it. So I'm all ears. What broadcasting tools do I need? What recording software? server software? If I record on my desktop, and the website is hosted on a separate server, will that work? My desktop ISP connection doesn't have great upload speeds, but the server does...so how do I take advantage of that?