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Record music streams with MusicSafari Apps
There have been a number of hints on capturing RealAudio streams, and similar, and converting them to MP3/AAC files for playback at your leisure.

MusicSafari appears to do it all for you without fiddling with the command line, editing audio files, writing AppleScripts, queueing cron jobs or whatever. It lets you choose AAC quality settings and gives you a dialog for placing scheduled recordings into iCal. It's US$20 shareware: The unregistered version only records 15 minutes at a time, so I haven't checked that it senses the end of a streamed file yet.

[robg adds: Though I only tested it briefly, this program appears to be the answer to one of the more popular email inquiries I receive.]
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Audio Hijack -- Cheaper and works *great*
Authored by: rODbegbie on Feb 16, '04 12:38:00PM
Audio Hijack also does all this good stuff, and is only $16. I've been using it to record shows off of BBC Radio's Real streams, and they schedule, convert to AAC and load into my iTunes library automagically. Highly recommended. Rod.

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Record music streams with MusicSafari
Authored by: Fofer on Feb 16, '04 01:28:30PM

Something unique about Music Safari (aka "Project Raw") that doesn't seem to get enough attention is that you can set it to record multiple streams of the same kind, simultaneously.

So I can, for example, open a few RealAudio streams of archived NPR shows and record them all at the same time to AAC files that I can take with me on my iPod.

All of the other audio capture programs only allow simultaneous recordings if the playback mechanism is different for each source.

I paid for MusicSafari for this reason alone. It sometimes chokes in the final encoding AIFF->AAC step if I have three recordings going on... perhaps the programmers could enhance it so that it only does the final encodings one at a time, to keep it working safely?

In any event, it's a well made program that I've been enjoying.



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Record music streams with MusicSafari
Authored by: amacaulay on Mar 07, '04 04:58:45PM

For this reason I decided to pay too. The author responded to email almost immediately too and seems responsive to suggestions.

Andy.



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a free, but less-featured option
Authored by: Krioni on Feb 16, '04 02:42:17PM
Ambrosia Software, which makes Audio Hijack, also makes a free utility called WireTap. WireTap records ALL audio playing through your Mac, regardless of source, and can be scripted for timing. It's great if you just want to capture whatever you're listening to.

Of course, if you want all the timing, etc. I'd recommend Audio Hijack, since it has great features, and supporting a company like Ambrosia Software is a good idea (I don't work for them, just appreciate their contributions to good Mac software).

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a free, but less-featured option
Authored by: Mr Clicky on Feb 17, '04 04:25:24AM
I think you'll find Rogue Amoeba makes Audio Hijack

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free and feature rich
Authored by: kmue on Feb 17, '04 03:55:36AM

Just use Streamripper X
http://streamripperx.sourceforge.net/



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free and feature rich
Authored by: amacaulay on Mar 07, '04 05:01:09PM

Streamripper is for MP3 streams, not RealAudio, which is why so many of us have been hunting around for recording tools.

Andy.



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Original format?
Authored by: triplef on Feb 17, '04 02:22:05PM

Is this application able to save the audio in the original format, e.g. if you record a RealAudio stream to save it as a RealAudio file and skip any encoding/transcoding?



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Original format?
Authored by: amacaulay on Mar 07, '04 05:08:33PM

No. I know of nothing that does this for RealAudio. The programs we've been debating (Audio Hijack, MusicSafari, WireTap) all trap the MacOS audio routines somewhere and then "record" into new formats. MusicSafari does give you the option to keep the uncompressed AIFF file it creates before transcoding to AAC and WireTap lets you set its compression to 'none', so either could produce reasonable quality content. For my 34 year old ear, MusicSafari's AAC files (created using iTunes) are perfectly good for recordings of BBC Radio 4 & BBC 7 and even sounded OK converted to AAC a second time (I trimmed them and exported from QT Player Pro).

Andy.



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Original format?
Authored by: kupietz on Dec 04, '04 08:18:33PM

>No. I know of nothing that does this for RealAudio.

MPlayer will do it, but you've got to be comfortable with the command line. I found it a bit daunting but eventually got it to work fine. It downloads a realaudio stream and writes it to a file on your hard drive - no intermediate step of capturing the Mac's audio.



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Record music streams with MusicSafari
Authored by: macubergeek on Feb 22, '04 04:47:11PM

MusicSafari is a very nice little app! Just bought it. Still learning how to use it.



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Record music streams with MusicSafari
Authored by: jgoeres on Jul 02, '04 04:39:57PM

If you're not averse to doing a bit of the lifting yourself, you might be interested in my NPR Recorder Scripts. They support a handful of PLS/M3U stations, and you can easily either add more yourself or just let me know and I'll add 'em for you.

My scripts have the advantage of being completely free and open.

Justin Goeres



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