Old 18th February 2009, 15:20   #1
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Important Changes to Genre Listings on SHOUTcast

Dear SHOUTcast Broadcasters,

In an effort to better organize the vast variety of music genres available on SHOUTcast, and to make it easier for listeners to find your station, we will be making some changes to the way your stations are categorized in the SHOUTcast Radio directory. Starting MONDAY, JUNE 07 at MIDNIGHT (EST USA), the genres available on the SHOUTcast Radio directory will be limited to the following list (where bold is the parent genre and then the sub-genres related to the parent):

Alternative
Adult Alternative
Britpop
Classic Alternative
College
Dancepunk
Dream Pop
Emo
Goth
Grunge
Hardcore
Indie Pop
Indie Rock
Industrial
LoFi
Modern Rock
New Wave
Noise Pop
Post Punk
Power Pop
Punk
Ska
Xtreme

Blues
Acoustic Blues
Cajun and Zydeco
Chicago Blues
Contemporary Blues
Country Blues
Delta Blues
Electric Blues

Classical
Baroque
Chamber
Choral
Classical Period
Early Classical
Impressionist
Modern
Opera
Piano
Romantic
Symphony

Country
Alt Country
Americana
Bluegrass
Classic Country
Contemporary Bluegrass
Contemporary Country
Honky Tonk
Hot Country Hits
Western

Decades
00s
30s
40s
50s
60s
70s
80s
90s

Easy Listening
Exotica
Light Rock
Lounge
Orchestral Pop
Polka
Space Age Pop

Electronic
Acid House
Ambient
Big Beat
Breakbeat
Dance
Demo
Disco
Downtempo
Drum and Bass
Dubstep
Electro
Garage
Hard House
House
IDM
Jungle
Progressive
Techno
Trance
Tribal
Trip Hop

Folk
Alternative Folk
Contemporary Folk
Folk Rock
New Acoustic
Old Time
Traditional Folk
World Folk

Inspirational
Christian
Christian Metal
Christian Rap
Christian Rock
Classic Christian
Contemporary Gospel
Gospel
Praise and Worship
Sermons and Services
Southern Gospel
Traditional Gospel

International
African
Afrikaans
Arabic
Asian
Bollywood
Brazilian
Caribbean
Celtic
Chinese
Creole
European
Filipino
French
German
Greek
Hawaiian and Pacific
Hebrew
Hindi
Indian
Islamic
Japanese
Klezmer
Korean
Mediterranean
Middle Eastern
North American
Russian
Soca
South American
Tamil
Turkish
Worldbeat
Zouk

Jazz
Acid Jazz
Avant Garde
Big Band
Bop
Classic Jazz
Cool Jazz
Fusion
Hard Bop
Latin Jazz
Smooth Jazz
Swing
Vocal Jazz
World Fusion

Latin
Bachata
Banda
Bossa Nova
Cumbia
Flamenco
Latin Dance
Latin Pop
Latin Rap and Hip Hop
Latin Rock
Mariachi
Merengue
Ranchera
Reggaeton
Regional Mexican
Salsa
Samba
Tango
Tejano
Tropicalia

Metal
Black Metal
Classic Metal
Death Metal
Extreme Metal
Grindcore
Hair Metal
Heavy Metal
Metalcore
Power Metal
Progressive Metal
Rap Metal
Thrash Metal

Misc

New Age
Environmental
Ethnic Fusion
Healing
Meditation
Spiritual

Pop
Adult Contemporary
Barbershop
Bubblegum Pop
Dance Pop
Idols
Oldies
JPOP
KPOP
Soft Rock
Teen Pop
Top 40
World Pop

Public Radio
College
News
Sports
Talk
Weather

R&B and Urban
Classic R&B
Contemporary R&B
Doo Wop
Funk
Motown
Neo Soul
Quiet Storm
Soul
Urban Contemporary

Rap
Alternative Rap
Dirty South
East Coast Rap
Freestyle
Gangsta Rap
Hip Hop
Mixtapes
Old School
Turntablism
Underground Hip Hop
West Coast Rap

Reggae
Contemporary Reggae
Dancehall
Dub
Pop Reggae
Ragga
Reggae Roots
Rock Steady

Rock
Adult Album Alternative
British Invasion
Celtic Rock
Classic Rock
Garage Rock
Glam
Hard Rock
Jam Bands
JROCK
Piano Rock
Prog Rock
Psychedelic
Rock & Roll
Rockabilly
Singer and Songwriter
Surf

Seasonal and Holiday
Anniversary
Birthday
Christmas
Halloween
Hanukkah
Honeymoon
Kwanzaa
Valentine
Wedding
Winter

Soundtracks
Anime
Kids
Original Score
Showtunes
Video Game Music

Talk
BlogTalk
Comedy
Community
Educational
Government
News
Old Time Radio
Other Talk
Political
Scanner
Spoken Word
Sports
Technology

Themes
Adult
Best Of
Chill
Eclectic
Experimental
Female
Heartache
Instrumental
LGBT
Love and Romance
Party Mix
Patriotic
Rainy Day Mix
Reality
Sexy
Shuffle
Travel Mix
Tribute
Trippy
Work Mix


If you already have at least one of the keywords above in your server configurations for the Genre no action is required from you at this time.

If your station's genre does not match at least one of the keywords above, you will have to make the change manually in your server's configurations to at least one of the keywords above. Pick two or three keywords from the list that best describes the music that you play on your station. You can change the Genre of your station by changing the "Genre" parameter in the SHOUTcast DNAS configurations or the DSP.

Please note that starting THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 those stations that have not changed their genre configurations to at least one of the above keywords will have their stations automatically mapped to fall within the list. Therefore, if you want to make sure listeners can find your station please take the time to ensure your genre strings accurately match at least one of the keywords in the list above.

Thanks!

Faisal
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(Last Updated: 25th March 2014)
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Old 18th February 2009, 15:51   #2
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Please note that starting MONDAY, JUNE 07 2010 those stations that have not changed their genre configurations to at least one of the above keywords will have their stations automatically mapped to fall within the list. Therefore, please ensure that your server configurations have been updated before Monday to ensure your station being listed in the right category.

Thank you!
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Old 8th June 2010, 15:34   #4
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The old system was better. The new system makes it more difficult to find favourite stations due to limited variety of fixed genres. Disappointed.
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Old 9th June 2010, 14:41   #5
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The old system was better. The new system makes it more difficult to find favourite stations due to limited variety of fixed genres. Disappointed.
The new system is constantly evolving. In the coming days you will see many new changes that will make it easier for users to find the music they are looking for. We're also adding a lot more genres to this list. Stay tuned for an updated genre list based on your feedback and from the data in our database by next week.

In the past, the system has been great for broadcasters but not necessarily for users. We are going from a free-form anything-goes system to a set taxonomy that makes sense for users. "foobar" might be ok for broadcasters to put in the genre string, but "foobar" is not necessarily a music genre.

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Old 9th June 2010, 14:47   #6
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I think trying to have a fixed list of constantly evolving music styles is futile Anyway I strongly suggest you allow to classify genre by country as well. It was very handy, but now it is gone.
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Old 9th June 2010, 20:28   #7
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I think trying to have a fixed list of constantly evolving music styles is futile Anyway I strongly suggest you allow to classify genre by country as well. It was very handy, but now it is gone.
Actually it was always the plan to have it "both" ways... We're working on a solution that will allow users to use search terms as they do now, whilst still having a set controlled genre list and not freeform.

Having countries in the master genre list is a good idea. We'll get that implemented if the solution above doesnt address it.

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Old 11th June 2010, 12:18   #8
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Why have some stations with the correct genre's now been dropped by the directory but are okay according to their D.N.A.S. page.
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Old 11th June 2010, 12:45   #9
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"Asian" is not specific at all. The listeners aren't interested in "Asian" music, they want "korean" or "japanese" or "chinese" or "thai".
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Old 11th June 2010, 13:52   #10
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This new list will not better define a station's music but will do no more than add more confusion because the opportunity to add more categories even if you only play one song from that genre in a day.
I challenge you to use the Shoutcast directory, click on the letter R and then click on R&B/Urban.
From the list of stations that pop up, find 4 that are actually playing music from that category. You can do the same thing with just about every genre listed. If a user is looking for Classical Music he'll be forced to go through a list of everything else imaginable, because the unrelated stations have Classical listed, before finding what he actually wants to hear.

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Old 13th June 2010, 20:51   #11
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how do I get my favorite station back?

I was able to get WMVY 92.7 fm out of Martha's Vinyard, MA on Shoutcast up until this week. Now I can't find it anywhere. Can you help me? I think I originally found it on Shoutcast by using, mymvy.com, or mymvyradio.com but I'm not sure.
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Old 13th June 2010, 20:56   #12
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YP is having problems at the moment.
Several stations are either not visible anymore or the info is not right anymore.

Just wait it out. as always it will turn back to normal.

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Old 14th June 2010, 13:36   #13
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Hmmkay....so we'll wait and see.
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Old 19th June 2010, 15:18   #14
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Why have some stations with the correct genre's now been dropped by the directory but are okay according to their D.N.A.S. page.
Agreed. Smoothbeats.com has 2 channels - hiphop and nujazz, and both have genre strings that fit into this list. The hiphop channel is only listed under "hip hop" and the nujazz channel is completely missing since the YP genre update.

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Old 23rd June 2010, 19:49   #15
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The death of all non-conform and special interest stations

This is by far the worst which could ever happen to Shoutcast. I cannot find so many of my beloved radio stations again...

It is now impossible to find stations with tags like "Club", "Downbeat", "Full On", "Goa", "Nu Jazz", "Oldskool", "PsyTrance", "Relax", "Retro", "Space", "Uplifting" and so on. Because most of these tags weren't in the Shoutcast genre list anyway, I always searched them using the following address scheme:

http://www.shoutcast.com/genre/Club
or in newer times with the alias
http://www.shoutcast.com/radio/Club

and for two or more words
http://www.shoutcast.com/radio/Nu+Jazz

Now I cannot find any of these stations at all. With the decision of reducing the possible genres to a specified list I have to choose a nearby genre and search through hundreds of stations manually, ending up most of the time with nothing at all - even if Shoutcast expands its genre list in the future. Have you alone known that there are dozens of sub genres to "PsyTrance" and "Goa"?

By using the above mentioned address scheme you could search for stations playing e. g. "bird songs", "river sounds", "jokes", "C64 tracks", "Amiga mods" and all that special interest stuff. I loved playing around with that. Now it's all gone.

So my desperate plea to the Shoutcast dev team: Please give us back the possibility to search and find what we need. Otherwise this is a huge step back into the days of terrestrial radio, where non-conform and special interest stuff was hard to be found. This is not what internet radio should be! And it's very important to me, because I just thought that radio is back...

It is out of question that nobody could ever define a comprehensive and complete genre list, because MUSIC IS GREAT - and fast evolving over time. So please let the stations decide, where and how they want to be grouped.

Thank you in advance
- Tobe -

P. S. 1: Of course this could be realized otherwise than through the discussed genre tags. To me (and surely others) it's just important that it works.

P. S. 2: If I have overlooked any possibility to fulfill my wish, I beg your pardon! Then please tell me what I have to do. I've tried searching in the stations' names, but that's no alternative.
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Old 24th June 2010, 08:22   #16
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try http://www.shoutcast.com/Internet-Radio/club

that worx
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Old 24th June 2010, 09:16   #17
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Yep, just use the search function.
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Old 24th June 2010, 17:10   #18
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You have just found the function for searching the stations names

Hello couch-potato and chuckeh,

no that's not the case. You have just found the function for searching the stations names - which I stated in my "P. S. 2" is no alternative. It may work more or less with a term like "Club", which many radio stations use in their names, but it's not very useful for finding other genres or all that special interest stuff.

The problem is that most of the stations do not use their genres in their names. So if you search their names, you find either nothing and/or a lot of stations you're not searching for. And then the manual searching begins...

Besides I wonder why they intend to group ten thousands of stations in a relative small genre list. That must lead to huge listings for the more popular genres while the special interest stuff is hard or not to be found.

Why don't they give a predefined genre list and let the stations decide whether they want to integrate or not. That would fulfill more the true nature of music. (They also could implement two genre lists, a fixed one and a free one, which you could search both or separately.)

If you ask me, the special interest stuff is the true benefit of internet radio, because you can't get it somewhere else. Now I fear this is dying a bit...
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Old 24th June 2010, 17:21   #19
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It is now impossible to find stations with tags like "Club", "Downbeat", "Full On", "Goa", "Nu Jazz", "Oldskool", "PsyTrance", "Relax", "Retro", "Space", "Uplifting" and so on. Because most of these tags weren't in the Shoutcast genre list anyway, I always searched them using the following address scheme:

http://www.shoutcast.com/genre/Club
or in newer times with the alias
http://www.shoutcast.com/radio/Club

and for two or more words
http://www.shoutcast.com/radio/Nu+Jazz
This is being addressed and will be fixed by next week. All those keywords and non-taxonomy genre Urls will continue to work once the push is made live next week. :-)

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Old 24th June 2010, 17:56   #20
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Thank you!

Thank you SC_faisal,

you dev guys and girls saved my "Second Life" (and surely that of many other true music lovers too)!!!

All the best wishes and kind regards
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Old 29th June 2010, 11:25   #21
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Thank you SC_faisal,

you dev guys and girls saved my "Second Life" (and surely that of many other true music lovers too)!!!

All the best wishes and kind regards
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This has been addressed with the new site launch.

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Old 1st July 2010, 06:39   #22
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searched and updated most of them,, thanks dev guys.. i was really worried about my fav stations.now ok
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Old 6th July 2010, 12:28   #23
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all my high bitrates are not shown on the YP list anymore!
only the low streams + aac+
still the genre are correct
why is this?

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all my high bitrates are not shown on the YP list anymore!
only the low streams + aac+
still the genre are correct
why is this?

thanks
also my radio is a mostly a FUNK music genre radio and its now listed as RAP!
Funk, 80s, Classic R&B, Rap, Soul
this is what i have and always had on my encoders
why shoutcast don't take the first genre of the list as primary genre??
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Old 14th October 2010, 20:43   #25
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This change on 7th June seems to have caused my station to get deleted from the 'International' genre.

After a day of fiddling/headscratching, I found that if I continued to specify my genres as "International Asian" I consistently only get listed in Asian . Therefore, my station had become invisible to people who can't see the sub-genres, for example, because they're navigating using the genre links to the right of the YP; not expanding the top level genre; or are using an iPhone/mobile. The only way I could get my station back into 'International' was to delete Asian from my genre list, which is a shame as it was a useful search term.

Is there some il-thoughtout logic in the new genre processing ..or some other reason?

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Old 6th April 2011, 22:30   #26
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I had to move to a new server, and after reinstalling Shoutcast, my classical station shows up as "college"?
My opera station listing is still correct...
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Try the search box at the top of the directory site. That usually works for me.
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Old 15th April 2011, 07:02   #28
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why dont keep discuss this original topic
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Old 15th December 2011, 21:10   #29
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Update 15 December 2011

The following genres have been added to the available genres (first post has also been updated).

Decades -> 00s
Folk -> Old Time
International -> German
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Update 29 June 2012

The following genres have been changed to resolve some usage issues with them (first post has also been updated).

Cajun/Zydeco -> Cajun and Zydeco
Love/Romance -> Love and Romance
Praise/Worship -> Praise and Worship
Sermons/Services -> Sermons and Services
Hawaiian/Pacific -> Hawaiian and Pacific
Latin Rap/Hip-Hop -> Latin Rap and Hip Hop
R&B/Urban -> R&B and Urban
Singer/Songwriter -> Singer and Songwriter
Seasonal/Holiday -> Seasonal and Holiday
Lo-Fi -> LoFi
Post-Punk -> Post Punk
Alt-Country -> Alt Country
Underground Hip-Hop -> Underground Hip Hop
Neo-Soul -> Neo Soul
Pop-Reggae -> Pop Reggae
Jewish -> Hebrew
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Update 22 October 2012

The following genres have been added to the available genres (first post has also been updated).

International -> Islamic
International -> Turkish
Pop -> KPOP
Rock -> JROCK
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Update 25 March 2014

The following genres have been added to the available genres (first post has also been updated) as well as additions to the mapping of genres from legacy v1 DNAS to the approved list.

Electronic -> Dubstep
International -> Creole
Latin -> Flamenco
Latin -> Samba
Metal -> Death Metal
Metal -> Thrash Metal
Public Radio -> Weather
Rock -> Celtic Rock
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I may have missed the explanation to this question but will ask anyhow. I was recently informed that only 1 genre could be listed in our DNAS. I would like to know if it is now possible to list more that 1? We are currently listed as "Metal" but would like to add "Heavy Metal" to our genre listing. Thanks and keep up the good work!!
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nope, you can still only have 1 genre and you would need to set the genre to heavy metal if that's a better option for your stream.

whether the number of genres allowed is changed again or not is something we're investigating and have yet to decide upon.

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