ICY metadata

ICY metadata is the name for the mechanism used to update metadata in icecast’s source streams. The techniques is primarily intended for data formats that do not support in-stream metadata, such as mp3 or AAC. However, it appears that icecast also supports ICY metadata update for ogg/vorbis streams.

When using the ICY metadata update mechanism, new metadata are submitted separately from the stream’s data, via a http GET request. The format of the request depends on the protocol you are using (ICY for shoutcast and icecast 1 or HTTP for icecast 2).

Starting with 1.0, you can do several interesting things with icy metadata updates in liquidsoap. We list some of those here.

Enable/disable ICY metadata updates

You can enable or disable icy metadata update in output.icecast by setting the icy_metadata parameter to either "true" or "false". The default value is "guess" and does the following:

  • Set "true" for: mp3, aac, aac+, wav
  • Set "false" for any format using the ogg container

You may, for instance, enable icy metadata update for ogg/vorbis streams.

Update metadata manually

The function icy.update_metadata implements a manual metadata update using the ICY mechanism. It can be used independently from the icy_metadata parameter described above, provided icecast supports ICY metadata for the intended stream.

For instance the following script registers a telnet command name metadata.update that can be used to manually update metadata:

def icy_update(v) =
  # Parse the argument
  l = string.split(separator=",",v)
  def split(l,v) =
    v = string.split(separator="=",v)
    if list.length(v) >= 2 then
  meta = list.fold(split,[],l)

  # Update metadata
  "Done !"

                 description="Update metadata",
                 usage="update title=foo,album=bar,..",

As usual, liquidsoap -h icy.update_metadata lists all the arguments of the function.