This is an important question. Now for Streaming Protocol, we recommend Icecast. WHY? It’s FREE, Open-Source and always getting frequent updates. Whereas you will need to pay for Shoutcast if you want to broadcast above 128kbps or want to stream in AAC. Meaning you can’t stream in HD Quality unless you pay.
For Service Platform, We recommend Everest Cast. It’s feature-rich with unique elements like both Shoutcast and Icecast running same stream, one accounts with Multi-station/channels capability, etc. Everest Cast gets almost monthly user-requested updates. Centova Cast on the other hand feels very outdated and rarely updated.
Lastly for Package to choose, (if your budget allows), we recommend Everest Cast GrandLion-Lifetime. Why? It’s future-proof. It’s our UNLIMITED offering. Plus it gives 5 stations in one. Meaning in the future if you want to create a network of stations it’s already got you covered. Not to mention it comes with unlimited listeners and bandwidth. For Future growth, it’s the package to choose.