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Changing Encoders

General NewsAfter over a decade using the IceS 1.x encoder for mp3, we're about to move to a new encoder. While IceS has served us well over the years and has been stable, the real problem is with encoding the aac+ stream. There just haven't been any freely available encoders that work with Linux. Because of this, we've been using Winamp running the Shoutcast DSP encoder plugin running in Wine all this time. As you know, it's been horribly unstable.

Shoutcast has a new version of their transcoder for Linux that can simultaneously emit an mp3 and aac+ stream from a single source. While implementing it proved to be a bit of a challenge, we were able to rewrite the DJ handler and the Now Playing page to work with the encoder AND still retain the progress bar with some neat perl, php and javascript tricks!

The upshot of this is manifold; we'll be able to support sc_serv2 in the future (multiple streams/mountpoints on a single server), we can provide a higher quality STABLE aac+ stream that doesn't require emulating Windows, we'll be well-positioned when we cut over to the new database-driven playlist/request system, the "zero song length" bug with IceS/libLAME should be fixed at long last, and we'll no longer be beholden to a piece of software that was last updated in 2004.

Update: When the new encoder was deployed on the production machine, it had problems that weren't present on the development server. For the time being, we're still using the old MP3 encoder and only using the new encoder for AAC+. We'll try again soon once the bugs are worked out. Thanks for your patience!

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New Relay!!!

General NewsI'm happy to announce that user SunBlade has graciously volunteered to set up a new 50 slot MP3 relay in Europe!!! It is now available via the "Listen" page!

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Problems with front page forum post block?

General NewsIf you have having problems displaying the front page because the forum posts block is all screwed up, please clear your browser cache and reload (or hold down the shift key while clicking the reload button) to get the updated style sheet. That should fix the problem for all browsers.

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Possible Site Outday due to Storm

General NewsAs a result of the impending Hurricane, it is quite likely that power will be lost here sometime during the next few days. While the server is on a UPS and can survive short outages, it is likely that a power loss during the storm could last several days if not longer. If the site goes out, I will make updates if possible on our Facebook and Google+ pages.

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Site Upgrade THIS WEEKEND

General NewsJust a head's up, we will be upgrading the back-end of the site this coming weekend. It will involve converting the database, upgrading Geeklog and all of the plugins, etc. I expect it will take no more than 4 hours. During this time, the streams will remain up and a temporary page will be available. Thanks for your continued support and enjoy the tunes!

Update: the site upgrade is complete! Please let me know if you notice anything unusual or broken. Thanks!

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New Relays!!!

General NewsYou may have noticed that we've lost a few relays in the last couple months. To offset that, Raychan has graciously set up two new 100 slot relays for MP3 and AAC+ in France! I've also set up another 75 slot relay in the USA!

In other news, we've loosened up the restrictions for requesting songs a little bit due to problems with the new request parser. If you were put off before by the system, please give it another try!

Also, you may have noticed the "Demo Request Page" in the menu bar. This represents a new approach we're taking to convert the whole playlist, DJ, request system, etc. to a brand new database back-end. There's still a lot of development to be done but the benefits will be enormous!

Thanks for listening and enjoy the tunes!

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Site Outage

General NewsDue to severe storms last night our Internet connection was out. Everything should be working again now. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks and enjoy the music!

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Stream Outage

General NewsThere was a server outage with our hosting provider this morning. Things should be returning to normal now. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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New Tunes and other News

General NewsIt's time again for new songs, and like last time, you guys did a stupendous job with the contributions. File names, album arts, etc. perfect all around! A++ would do business with again!!!1!!!

You can request the new songs right here. And don't forget, you can always make an Instant Random New Request!

Also of interest... ArmiTunes is *almost* *sort of* *not really* a legitimate web radio station in that we get contacted several times a week by promoters for various indie records, many of which aren't in any way related to the genres we care about. The other day we got this. Exciting stuff!

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New MP3 Relay!!!

General NewsArmiTunes listener Sercio has graciously volunteered up a new relay server in Germany with 250 slots for your listening pleasure! Please take a moment to thank him for his help! You can now select the server from the "Listen" page!

Update: I also fixed the Flash player. Sorry it was broken for a few days!

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