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Rip MP3 and windows media streams from the command line
Authored by: bluehz on Dec 05, '03 06:22:27PM

There are several utilities that work to grab RealAudio including AduioHijack (not the pro version that requires Application Enhancer - BLECH PATOOEEE PATOOEE!), RadioLover and Raw all do an excellent job of recording internet audio. I recently ran into Raw and was very excited by its claim to "record internet radio direct to MP3 or AAC format". This is by far optimal as all other utilities record to AIF format - which if you have ever recorded a long sequence - ten you know it can generate HUGE files! So I tried RAW and it is a very slick utility including a built in browser but its claim of recording direct to AAC or MP3 is a bit misleading. It actually records to AIF format then converts to the other format after completion - so you still need all that HD space.

My personal favorite is Audio Hijack (NOT APE Audio Hijack Pro), it does a fantastic job.

I have been wondering about these apps and their process of hijacking the audio output (which is basically what they all do). If we could find out how that is done - it would open up all sorts of possibilities including CLI recording and piping to an AAC encoder direct. Anyone have any ideas how that whole deal works?

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