There are people who insists on personally handpicking a road-trip playlist rather than just setting up their music player to shuffle. All they need is a personal computer with a broadband connection and the skill and ability to inflict their talk-radio rants or musical choices on anyone who will listen.
There is a quick way to stream music to your friends. All you have to do is get a male-to-male 3.5mm RCA audio cable. Plug one end into the microphone jack and the other end into the headphone jack. You can start a Skype session or sign up for an account with a Web-based streaming service to get going. Your computer will feed your audio output, the one from your headphone jack, to the audio input, the one coming from your microphone jack, and broadcast it to everyone who is on your stream. Lastly, you open your MP3 player and you are ready to rock the world.
Steps to get Going
- Get your gear ready. There is no special audio gear for this kind of project except your microphone, if you want to say anything, such making an introduction to a song, or identify your station. All you need is a few of different apps. You need one app to play your music files. You need an app to turn the audio feed into a source that can be streamed and another app to act as server to share your stream with the world.
There are lots of options you can choose from and each and every app has its own benefits and advantages. Choose the apps that is easy to configure for different types of radio servers and audio formats. And you also need to download a special .DDL file if you want to broadcast in an MP3 format that is compatible with older audio players. If you are using Winamp to play your music, you have to download the zipped version, unzip it and put lame_enc.dll in Winamp’s root directory. You can find it in the C:/Program files/Winamp.
- Set up your server – Before you can start streaming, you need to estimate how big your audience will be. Your capacity to stream music will depend greatly on your internet connection’s upstream speed. That is the speed at which you can send data to other computers. With faster upstream speed, your listeners will get a higher level of audio quality.