Settings on this page affect how foobar2000 processes HTTP and HTTP-like (SHOUTcast protocol) streams.
Buffer size is how much data to read from the stream before starting playback. Even if a server is pumping out a stream continuously and at a constant rate, normal network lag between the server and your computer can cause the rate at which data reaches you to vary. Sometimes you will get too much data, sometimes not enough. A buffer can help insulate the player from these variations, thus preventing interruptions in playback. Too small of a buffer increases the risk of lost data and choppy sound.
The default setting of 256 KB should be more than enough for average network conditions. If you get choppy sound from a stream, increasing the buffer size can help. However it won't make up for a disparity between the stream's bitrate and your network connection's bandwidth.
Use proxy server
If checked, you can enter a hostname, port, and optional username & password to use as a proxy. Use this if you don't have direct access to the streaming server itself, but you do have access to another HTTP server on a host which is configured to allow proxying and which does have direct access to the streaming server.
This is for standard HTTP proxying, not SOCKS or HTTP CONNECT-based proxying.
Enable dynamic track titles
If checked, in its initial connection to a SHOUTcast server, foobar2000 will send an
Icy-Metadata: 1 to inform the server it wants to receive metadata (song artist & title, normally) multiplexed in the stream, and it will parse that metadata as it comes in and use it to dynamically update
%title% playlist fields.
If unchecked, the %title% will contain the stream/station name or URL only; no metadata will be requested or parsed.
HTTP proxy servers sometimes eat headers, so the
Icy-Metadata: 1 might not get through to the server, resulting in no metadata being sent in the stream. Or, the server's acknowledgment of the request might not get through to the player, resulting in glitchy audio when the metadata is interpreted as garbage in the stream.