[Windows Only] Many years ago, I remember recording broadcast radio stations using reel-to-reel, 8-track and finally cassette tape recorders. It was pretty simple tune in your radio, start your tape recorder and let it run. The biggest drawback was that you didn’t have a song list and it was often hard to identify the artist or the name of the song playing.
These days, computers have made it much easier to record music. There are many methods to record the streaming music at internet radio stations and I’ve discovered that the MP3 VCR is one of the easiest. All you have to do is:
- Search Shoutcast.com for a radio station
- Drag the station link to the Source Informationfield
- Set music storage folder
- Click the Start Recordingbutton
Here’s what the setup applet looks like:
At Shoutcast, the link you need to drag and drop is the yellow TUNE INbutton.
Once you’ve started recording, you’ll see the main interface. There are a few buttons at the bottom that you can use for Pause, Stop, Listen or Mute while recording, Timed Recordings, Station Listings, Setup and Exit.
The station list is a nice feature. It allows you to play, add and remove Shoutcast radio streams.
MP3 VCR actually detects the song titles of most station streams and creates an MP3 file for each song.
This recorder is also advertised to work with stations at Live365.com. I haven’t had much luck with that, but I never use their service. There are thousands of stations at Shoutcast, what more can you ask for?
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Techie Buzz Verdict:
There are plenty of ways to record music from the internet. MP3 VCR is free and it’s one of the easiest recording methods I’ve tried. In addition to plenty of documentation, this program’s source code is also available. Based on what I’ve found so far, I can highly recommend MP3 VCR.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)