At Services CloudRadio, you can choose between SHOUTcast version 1 or 2, Icecast or Steamcast. Later, you may change the server type from the server page in your console.
Let's go over the differences so you can choose the right server for your radio.
If you are starting out, Shoutcast 2 is an excellent option.
Shoutcast.com has been the leading internet radio directory, making it the most popular server option. But its popularity is declining.
Here is a graph from Google Trends on the keyword "SHOUTcast."
However, thousands of radios still use SHOUTcast.
Note that, SHOUTcast servers are the only ones that get listed on shoutcast.com. It is also compatible with other directories like TuneIn.
Formats supported by SHOUTcast: MP3, AAC, AAC+, NSV.
Icecast is an open source software that is gaining popularity. It does everything that SHOUTcast 2 can do, but it is impossible to get your radio listed on shoutcast.com.
Formats supported by Icecast: MP3, AAC, AAC+, Ogg, Opus, WebM.
Steamcast is a less known server technology. We added its support after a request from a customer. If you want more information about Steamcast, please visit their website.
SHOUTcast 1 is an old legacy version that is no longer updated. Chrome and Safari browsers are no longer supporting it. If you plan on using an HTML5 player, you should think of upgrading to a modern server type.