How to Record Internet Radio Programs

Written by eric hammer
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Recording Internet radio programs requires using a third party application. That's because Windows itself does not offer such an option. All the programs that record Internet radio programs work in the same basic way -- they record what you hear on your computer speakers. You therefore will need to manually start and stop the recordings for each show that you want to record in much the same way as you would record something off the radio onto a cassette tape or CD.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Male-to-male audio cable (Audacity/Lame only)

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Instructions

    Freecorder

  1. 1

    Install the Freecorder software using the link provided in the Resources section below. Once the software has been installed, click the "Start" button. In the "search" field, type "freecorder." Press "Enter."

  2. 2

    Visit the website of the radio program you would like to record. Don't start playback just yet. On Freecorder, click the "Record" button. It is the red button that looks like the standard record button on a tape deck or VCR.

  3. 3

    Allow the Internet radio program to play. A pop-up window will notify you that the show is recording. When the show is over, click the "Stop" button. You can then click "Play" to listen to the show which has been recorded and is now stored in the Freecorder folder on your computer.

    MP3 My MP3 Recorder

  1. 1

    Download the MP3 My MP3 Recorder software using the link in Resources. Install the software on your computer. Then, click the "Start" button. In the "search" field, type "MP3MyMP3" and press "Enter."

  2. 2

    Click the "Source" button on MP3 My MP3. Select "Stereo Mix." Click the "Record" button. It is the red button that looks like the standard record button on a tape deck or VCR.

  3. 3

    Play the Internet radio show that you want to record. When the show ends, click the "Stop" button. You can then click "Play" to listen to the show that has been recorded and is now stored in the MP3 My MP3 folder on your computer.

    Audacity/Lame

  1. 1

    Insert one end of the male-to-male audio cable into the microphone jack on your computer. Insert the other end into the stereo output port (where you would connect your speakers).

  2. 2

    Download and install Audacity and Lame using the link in the Resources section. Once the software has been installed, click the "Start" button. In the "search" field, type "audacity" and press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Select "Edit" from Audacity. Click "Preferences." On the "Devices" tab, choose "Microsoft Sound Mapper" for the recording device. Click the "Record" button. It is the red button that looks like the standard record button on a tape deck or VCR.

  4. 4

    Play the Internet radio show you want to record. When the show ends, click the "Stop" button. You can then click "Play" to listen to the show which has been recorded and is now stored in the Audacity folder on your computer.

  5. 5

    Click "File," then select "Export" and click "MP3." Enter a name for the show and press "Enter." You can now play the recorded program in Windows Media Player. This step is not necessary if you just want to listen to the show in Audacity's native format.

Tips and warnings

  • When working with Audacity and Lame, it is not necessary to use Lame. Lame gives you the option of saving your Internet radio show in "MP3" format, but it is not strictly necessary. If all you want is the ability to listen to your recordings, you don't need Lame. The other two programs mentioned earlier automatically record in MP3 format.
  • Make sure that you click "Stop" when your show ends. Otherwise, you will waste disk space recording dead air.

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