Brings SoundCloud To The Command Line

greenshot_2013-09-29_01-40-02CMD.FM is a nifty little website that lets you play various genres of music from in a nice in-browser terminal window, almost evocative of the bygone DOS days.

With all the player controls managed by textual commands, terminal aficionados on Unix or Windows alike will feel at home with the black and neon presentation. The service fetches songs from SoundCloud and plays them in the form of  a radio governed by tags or genres; however unlike the convention of typical radio broadcasts, this one can be paused and songs skipped.

Whether it’s just a vintage itch that you need scratched or you need a new online radio for your arsenal, with SoundCloud’s backing makes a solid pick.

NASA Wants You to “Rock It” to Third Rock Radio

When you think NASA, you think rocket, right? Now, you can “rock it” to the space age sounds of NASA’s newest endeavor, Third Rock Radio. NASA has launched an out-of-this-world project which will be a “custom-produced Internet music radio station that is crafted specifically to speak the language of tech-savvy young adults.” The  New Rock/Indie/Alternative format station goes live today.

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Third Rock is produced by RFCMedia out of Houston, Texas. It is supported by private advertisers and all of this is supposed to be done at no expense to the government. The station’s intent is the discovery of “New Rock” as well as, reaching a young audience and building interest in the space program.

“NASA constantly is looking for new and innovative ways to engage the public and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said David Weaver, associate administrator for the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “We have led the way in innovative uses of new media and this is another example of how the agency is taking advantage of these important communication tools.”

This is an interesting partnership between public and private entities that will hopefully serve as a model for future endeavors. NASA has suffered a lot of budget cutbacks and scrutiny over the last few years. It is  imperative for its survival that NASA continues to build the interest of young people and remain relevant to a new generation. One really neat thing Third Rock Radio will be doing is allow partner companies to fill high-tech job openings in the engineering, science and IT fields via the website.  NASA hopes to make the station available to Apple iTunes and the Android market soon, but for now it is available online at NASA.GOV or

Record Shoutcast Music Stations with MP3 VCR

music-notes [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 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 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)

Webby Wednesday: Google Buzz Counter, Free Online Image Editor, Online Radio and Self Destructing Messages

Welcome to another episode of , where we talk about new web applications and services, which are useful for our readers.

This week, we have several new and interesting services which will make your day-to-day computing life much more easier.

Google Buzz Tools

Google Buzz Counter

Last time around we told you about some interesting tools and services for Google Buzz. However, since then couple of new services have been created. The first one is Buzz Aware, which is an apps directory for and the other is Buzrr, a Google Buzz counter.

Buzzr is similar to Tweetmeme for , and counts the number of buzzes and ranks them according to the highest Buzz count. It also allows users to re-buzz a buzzed item. In addition to that, it also allows users to add a Buzrr button to their website or WordPress blog.

Picmeleo: Integrate Photo Editing On Your Site

Free Online Image Editor

Looking to create a image driven site? Picmeleo will allow you to go beyond just image uploading by offering integration of their Online image editor into your website for free.

Picmeleo offers users to crop image, remove red eyes, rotate the images, change brightness and contrast and filters such as Grayscale, Sharpen and more. Website integration is pretty easy too, all you need to do is copy a few lines of code and you have a full-fledged image editor on your site.

Want the free online image editor for your site? Head over to Picmeleo to get yours.

Community Driven Online Radio

Online Radio Spreaker

Spreaker is a new web service which allows users to create their own radio shows and host it online. Spreaker allows users to easily mix live audio input from your microphone, play songs and more. So if you are looking for a career in DJing or planning to become a radio jockey, get your hands wet with Spreaker.

Create Self-Destructing Messages

Self Destructing Messages

Quite sometime back we had told you about Privnote, a private note creator, which allowed users to create self-destruction messages. This Message Will Self Destruct, is a similar service which allows users to create password-protected self-destructing messages, which will be deleted after someone views it once. So are you the next James Bond? Try your luck here.

Hope you have fun with the web applications this week. Want to share your own? Add your web application or software to the Techie Buzz forum so that we can feature it here next.