I seem to recall that I’ve read about some applications for both Mac and
Windows that let you capture a streaming audio source to a file so you can
listen to it later, slice it up, mail an excerpt to your parents, whatever.
Anyone have a clue what kind of software does this, and perhaps a few
pointers to specific applications I could download?
I polled a couple of colleagues for help with this question and here’s what I found out…
Phil says that TotalRecorder will capture anything that plays to your speakers in Windows. There’s also a utility floating around call ASFRecorder that will grab Microsoft audio streams
straight off the net (violating the stream-only rule, I think). I think it violates (and
predates) the DMCA, so it may be hard to find. (Hint: I’ve got it around here somewhere.)
Comes with source code. I don’t know about a util for RealAudio, though. TotalRecorder works for it, but it has
to go through another level of compression.
Kirk says that for the Mac, there’s a freeware program called StreamRipperX that’s worth checking out. Ambrosia also released a nice utility called WireTap, which records any audio going out
of your Mac.
Margy shares that she’s been using the PolderbitS Sound Recorder
— It’s a Windows program that can record
anything that comes out of your speakers. Their web site doesn’t really
make this clear (maybe because it’s translated from the Dutch), but it
works fine and you get a 15-day free trial. Once you’ve captured the stream, the program also makes it easy to split
the recording into tracks for recording as an audio CD. I usually use
Windows Media Player to burn the CD.