On Thursday Rogue Amoeba announced that its venerable internet radio streaming app, Nicecast, was being discontinued. The era of streaming your own Internet radio stations was a long time ago, and the Internet has mostly moved on. Nicecast is an old 32-bit app that’s at the point where it either needs a major update or retirement, and its user base isn’t big enough to merit the update. (32-bit apps like Nicecast will probably be deprecated beginning with the next version of macOS.)
Which is not to say that Nicecast doesn’t still have its users—if you listen to a live stream from The Incomparable or Relay FM, for example, it’s almost certainly being transmitted from a Mac to the streaming server via Nicecast. I use Nicecast along with Rogue Amoeba’s Loopback and Audio Hijack to do all of my live streaming.
Fortunately, Rogue Amoeba is well aware of this use case:
While Nicecast is now retired, we are considering future solutions to help users broadcast to more modern streaming options. In particular, we know many podcasters provide a live stream using Nicecast, and hope to eventually provide a more comprehensive solution for that use case.
I look forward to seeing what Rogue Amoeba might come up with to allow us to keep streaming audio for live podcast sessions. In the meantime, Rogue Amoeba has posted a more detailed item showing how to use Audio Hijack and Loopback with the free Mac streaming app Ladiocast to broadcast live streams without Nicecast.