Recording Online Radio
In 2006 my commute got much longer and I decided I wanted to be able to
record from online radio sources into my MP3 player and take them on the
road. This should let me build up daily content I actually want to listen to
instead of being stuck with whatever's on at the time I go to work or leave
This page collects my notes while I was searching for the right solution.
My wishes or requirements:
- Record straight to my MP3 player as a drive letter, so I can pull it and
go without dragging files around.
- Schedule multiple timers to record different shows at particular times
every day. Preferably name the saved files using different show names, maybe
save in different folders.
- Split shows into chapters or separate files every X minutes, so I can
record a one-hour show and skip boring segments easily.
- Record internally without a loopback cable from the earphone jack to the
mic or line-in jack
- Set levels internally/automatically so I don't have to worry about
blowing out levels if the volume is too hot
- "Tune" to an audio stream automatically, though in truth I could get
most of what I want for my commute straight from KQED.org without changing
A tip from Popular Science in 2006: use
www.keepvid.com to save streaming media locally.
Here's what I found from the reviews at radio.about.com:
- Eval free; $30 to buy. Can schedule recordings. Can split files. etc.
High marks from the reviewer.
- Total Recorder
Professional Edition from High Criteria Products
- Low-rent $12, or full version for $35. Lots of features. Auto volume
level setting? High marks from reviewer. I looked, and the standard edition
seems to have all I need.
- Audio Playback
Recorder - http://tongsoft.com
- Reviewer says this is the only one he's seen with multiple on/off times
in the scheduler. Duh! I want lots of on/off times! eval available. Get
version 3.4 or newer. $30. This failed me - I used its confusing interface
to schedule multiple (short) recording clips - because it has a trial
limitation of 60 seconds - and the scheduler didn't work right for some
- This works for streaming audio, breaks songs at silence, lets you type
in the names both retroactively and prospectively... Very good.
This page was last edited
April 26, 2008.