Which is better? Icecast or SHOUTcast?
Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages. The majority of users currently still prefer the SHOUTcast systems.
We would like to answer the question fundamentally about the STREAMPANEL platform.
The majority of users are currently attached to SHOUTcast due to the distribution of broadcasters and compatibility with external programs.
STREAMPANEL recommends the use of SHOUTcast V2 systems within the standard products. Within the STREAMPANEL Cloud, however, the use of Icecast V2 systems is recommended. The cloud-based Icecast V2 systems have full backward compatibility up to SHOUTcast V1, which means that you can also connect to your Icecast V2 servers with a SHOUTcast V1 source.
Please also read the article on the latency times of the individual systems: https://www.streampanel.net/kb/streamserver-latenzzeiten-im-ueberblick/