Azuracast vs Centovacast
There are many similarities and some very big differences between the two programs. We will try to explore some of each to help you make an informed decision for which is best for you. As a streamer, DJ or broadcaster, both programs do essentially the same - they will receive your broadcast from your broadcast software on your PC and rebroadcast that audio stream multiple times to the many people who have your address and listen in. Both can accept streams in either Shoutcast or Icecast formats plus a handful of other audio formats. So for the casual user, both are fine and work well. In many cases, Centova based streams can be a bit more costly, more on that later.
On the server side - the differences become more apparent. Centovacast is NOT free and requires you to purchase a license and really only operates or is supported on a single Linux version of CentOS. Azuracast is an open source platform that can be used free of charge, no license required and can be installed on most versions of Linux,
Some Application Comparisons
|Audio Streaming (Shoutcast or Icecast)||YES||YES|
|Open Source/Free to Install||YES||NO|
|Automated Song Requests||YES||NO|
|Custom Branding (Server Side)||YES||NO|
|Hybrid Streaming - Iceast or Shoutcast/Same Stream||YES||NO|
|Built in 'Web DJ' - No additional software needed||YES
|Bulk Upload via FTP||YES
APLSTREAMING.COM has chosen to migrate all our server and client accounts to Azuracast for several reasons.
- Cost - Higher operating costs mean higher stream and server costs to our clients. Providing a superior product and experience to our clients at a competitive cost is what we strive for and allows us to provide a much higher level of customer support and service to all our clients.
- Performance - After years of running Centovacast and comparing both server and listener data, Azuracast out performs Centova by a large volume. Less server load and faster cycle times provide a stronger and more reliable stream and/or server for our clients and their listeners.
- Reliability - Centova has been considered the industry leader for some time. With that, they are comfortable with the product they have and the monthly fees that continue to roll in. The Azuracast team and project is an ever growing community of both users and developers who continually strive to provide a better product. Frequent updates and added features are frequent and APL is proud to be a regular patron and contributor to this project. If you wish to donate or support the continued development of the Azuracast project, we encourage you to do so thru azuracast.com and follow the donate link provided.
- Community - Again, regardless of whether your interest is in using a simple broadcast stream as a DJ or performer or you wish to run your own station or server. Hands down, the Azuracast community of users and developers have several outlets online with all manner of help, guides, how-to's plus many interactive forums available for those who may be new to streaming or just have questions.
In closing - this is not meant as an endorsement of one or a bashing of another. This is meant to explore some of the differences between the two programs and explain why aplstreaming.com and APL Audio has chosen to provide our streaming services using the Azuracast platform. A special thank you to Buster 'Silver Eagle Neece' and the entire Azuracast team for all their efforts, time and skills. Again, we encourage all who enjoy this platform to consider supporting thru the donation link above or booking your streaming services thru aplstreaming.com so we may continue to support the project and it's continued growth.