How to Record Internet Radio to a PC

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How to Record Internet Radio to a PC
RadioSure lets you download Internet radio content straight to your PC. (radio image by Allyson Ricketts from Fotolia.com)

Analogue radio stations broadcast content by sending radio waves from a tower to a receiver (such as your car's antenna). Internet radio sends digital content across the Web. This format gives Internet radio broadcasts a global reach; computer-based listeners in Taiwan can hear songs or content played in Philadelphia, for example. Analogue broadcasts made it easy to record content, as anyone with a receiver could tune in a station and then use a tape deck to record it. However, recording a radio broadcast over the Internet onto your computer requires you to download a program.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download and install the free RadioSure Internet radio recording program. Although Windows Media Player comes pre-installed with every version of Windows and can stream live Internet radio, Microsoft reports that Windows Media Player cannot record radio content from the Web. Go to the RadioSure website or download the software from a software-download site.

  2. 2

    Double-click the RadioSure icon on your desktop to launch the application.

  3. 3

    Sort the list of radio stations by content. RadioSure enables users to modify the radio stations displayed by title of the station, country of broadcast, language and genre of music played. You can also enter a search term in the Search bar to further narrow your search.

  4. 4

    Play the station you have selected. Click the "Play" button on RadioSure to allow the Internet radio content to buffer and begin the broadcast stream.

  5. 5

    Set the recording options. Click on the "Tools" icon (which looks like a hammer and a wrench). Click on the "Recording Options" tab. Click "Open Folder" and then browse through your computer until you find the folder where you want to save content. Click "OK" to return to the recording options. Click the box next to "Split Recordings by Tracks" if you wish to save each song as a separate file as it's played. Adjust the audio quality of the recorded file by setting the bit rate. Click "OK" to exit.

  6. 6

    Click the "Record" button to begin recording a station's content. You can record as much as the file space you have remaining on your hard drive. Click "Record" again to end the recording.

  1. 1

    Download the Audio Hijack Pro Internet radio recording program (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Launch Audio Hijack Pro by double-clicking its icon on your desktop. Click the "+" button in the bottom-left corner to start a new session. Then click the "Input" tab in the top menu bar.

  3. 3

    Configure the source type and application you wish to use to capture Internet radio.

  4. 4

    Enter the website address (URL) of the Internet radio station whose content you want to record. Type or copy and paste the URL into the text box under "Open URL" and then click the box next to it.

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    Set the schedule for the recording. Click the "Schedule" tab in the top menu bar and then enter the day, start time and end time of the program you wish to record. Check the box next to "Record" and click the box next to "Mute" if you do not wish to hear the content as it's recorded. Click the "Hijack" button in the top-left corner of Audio Hijack Pro. Close the application to finish.

  1. 1

    Download RedButton Radio (see Resources) and install it to your computer. Double-click the RedButton Radio icon on your desktop to launch the application.

  2. 2

    Select a radio program. Click "Internet" in the left panel to set your source and then navigate through and click on a radio program in the Radio Guide. This guide lists the time and dates of each broadcast available for recording.

  3. 3

    Click "Record" to begin recording the program. RadioTime will automatically record the program according to the program's schedule and store it to a default folder.

Tips and warnings

  • RadioSure enables you to set Favorites for stations you have previously enjoyed. Click on a radio station in the list that you want to add to your Favorites and then click the Favorites button (the icon that looks like a heart).
  • According to Businessweek, you can legally record Internet radio content. However, distributing any content you download could result in copyright infringement as specified by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and could result in lawsuits, fines or imprisonment.

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