What Is This?
gst-playd is a really simple cross-platform service whose sole job is to
play back media files to a list of targets (IceCast and AirPlay), using the
It's a single exe, it's simple to manage and configure, and you can run as many as you want in parallel for multiple audio streams.
What Doesn't It Do
gst-playd knows nothing about library management. Its goal is to replace Airfoil and Nicecast in the current Play implementation (Play v2)
How does it work?
gst-playd will start up a REQ/REP ZeroMQ socket on a specified port - meaning, it will boot up and wait for a request to come in. The requests are really simple string-based, Redis-style commands, something like:
PLAY file:///home/foo/bar.mp3 STOP
And the responses will be equivalently structured:
OK ERROR IceCast isn't installed. Install it via 'brew install icecast'
gst-playd will manage the GStreamer Pipeline as well as handle
starting up and configuring the Icecast server (including tying the lifetime
of the icecast process to gst-playd, so if gst-playd dies, it kills the
associated icecasts on its way out)
Supposedly, GStreamer can stream directly to Airport Expresses via
but this may have been subject to bitrot.