VB Code - Retrieve alpha tags from streams

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DigitalMDX

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Hi All,

Does anyone have any code examples for pulling/deciphering the alpha tags from a scanner stream?
Can anyone tell me how these tags are transmitted? Are they encoded in the stream or a separate packet?

Thanks in advance,
Jay
 

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Hi All,

Does anyone have any code examples for pulling/deciphering the alpha tags from a scanner stream?
Can anyone tell me how these tags are transmitted? Are they encoded in the stream or a separate packet?

Thanks in advance,
Jay
Metadata can be encoded in the stream or as a separate packet.

Metadata encoded in the stream is the more popular method because the source client sets and controls the metadata interval which may be 1000 or 1200.

Using the separate packet method to send text tags to the server, you don't have control on the metadata interval. It depends on the IceCast server which I believe is set to default 16000.

A value of 1000 means the metadata (or text tags) updates at 1/2 second intervals on the media player and a value of 16000 updates the metadata at 8 seconds.

I don't have any vb code but I'm sure this link will help.

SmackFu: Shoutcast Metadata Protocol
 
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