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Capturing/ripping internet radio streams...

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by mybest2U, Nov 10, 2007.

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  1. mybest2U

    mybest2U Thread Starter

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    Anyone have a good freeware/open source program they can recommend for capturing an internet radio stream, specifically last.fm? There seems to be different formats/protocols for different radio stations, and it would be great to get a program that is versatile enough to handle most of them; but I would especially like to find one that works with last.fm.

    Please note I'm looking for a program that can directly capture the streaming audio data and save it to disk as an audio file, as opposed to a program (e.g. Audacity) that records the audio from the soundcard.

    Thanks in advance for any ideas!
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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  3. dannyn

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    not sure...but i would think that is illegal.
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    When you're sure -- cite the case law.
    Then tell it to "Tivo".
     
  5. dannyn

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    i just herd one day my school teacher said that if you did that, that would be like limerwire instead of downloading it your just recording... not saying i am right... thats just what he said..(he wasn't the smartest guy)... sorry.
     
  6. Rollin' Rog

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    Generally speaking, if something is not encrypted with copyright protection -- you are on solid ground in recording it for personal use. There is a vast industry in providing both hardware and software for just that.

    Even that which is copyright protected may be argueably legal to backup for personal use. This one is debateable.
     
  7. dannyn

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    oo ok.
    thanks for the info!!!
    Danny
     
  8. Hughv

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    Winamp and Stream ripper.
     
  9. gurutech

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    Recording off the internet is like the old days taking a cassette recorder and sitting it in front of your home stereo - it's just that now the technology is much better!
     
  10. mybest2U

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    Thanks for the input everyone; after trying out many different programs, I found the best solution for me was Orbit Downloader and Free Music Zilla. I found MANY commercial programs ($) that would do the job, but Orbit and Music Zilla together was the best free software solution I could find, and they work great.

    Free Music Zilla can "stream rip" (i.e. download/copy/save) the music from last.fm (and the last.fm program), myspace.com, imeem.com, and others. It's extremely easy to use. For most other audio and videos on the web, Orbit Downloader works great (of course it works for youtube and the like). It even supports the rather obscure "rtmp" streaming protocol that some websites use for their flash audio/video files.

    Here's where I found them:
    orbitdownloader.com
    freemusiczilla.com

    P.S. Mcafee SiteAdvisor complains about orbitdownloader.com because it has "links to red stes", yet the software itself is adware/spyware free according to cnet.com, softpedia.com, and other reputable sites. I also ran Adaware/Spybot/AVG on them and they didn't complain, so I think they're OK.
     
  11. Frigi

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    I used to use some free softwares a while ago, but I gave up using them cause they aren't complete, I need smth improved and I found this Videoraptor which has many functions: besides downloading music and videos from internet for you, it converts files into the right format, burns Cds etc....You can try it here: http://audials.com/en/audials_one/download_music/index.html
     
  12. Mogio

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    Frigi,
    The quality of the files after converting is good? Or does it lose in quality?
     
  13. Frigi

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    Hy Mogio,
    Yes, the quality is good after converting. (y) With this tool I have all my favorite music on my mobile. I'm really happy with it :D
     
  14. pishy

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    Hy guys,
    I'm newbie here, on this forum, but also with Videoraptor. I've just got this tool (I find on a blog that there were some free licenses for Videoraptor) and I have a little (I guess) problem with it: every time I open Videoraptor, it says that it can't find sources. Anybody has any ideas? :confused:
     
  15. outerspace

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    Have you checked your firewall settings?Maybe there something wrong with them and this prevents videoraptor from connecting to internet..I never had this problem with videoraptor but I'm guessing this is one of the possibilities.
     
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