Free Sound Recorder
Record Online Streaming Audio with Ease
Ever wonder how you could possibly record or rip a song that's
being streamed across the Internet onto your computer for free?
Trying to download streaming audio directly to your computer can
be quite difficult because different sites have different security
measures put in place, so one program might work for one site, but
However, one surefire way of recording streaming audio from any
web site is to simply capture it via the sound card on your computer.
Basically, there are programs that can record whatever is being
played by your computer's speakers, so if you can hear it, it
can be recorded. Of course, you'll have to listen to the entire
song since the recording is live, but it's definitely much easier
than trying to download the file from the web site directly.
First of all, we should examine what streaming technology is
and what it is used for. The traditional method of listening to
music or watching videos on your computer was to download the entire
file and play it from your hard drive. Streaming works in real time
- you can view the video or listen to the music as it is being downloaded.
The data arrives in a "stream" of bits from the server
to your computer.
The obvious advantage of streaming is saving time - you can listen
to the stream a few seconds after the download is started. Streamed
audio and video can also be protected from copying by Digital Rights
Management (DRM) technology. This is often done by commercial vendors
of video and audio to control distribution of their content.
Even with DRM, however, all audio and video streams can be recorded.
The simplest way to record streaming audio is to attach a recorder
to the output jack of your soundcard. Any recording device - portable
MP3 player, cassette deck, Minidisc, etc. can be used. The problem
with this method is that you have to convert the digital stream
into analog, and there will be some loss in sound quality.
If you wish to keep the audio stream in the digital domain, you
need special software to capture it. Most audio capture software
works by emulating a sound card. You feed the output of the emulated
sound card to a file, and as the audio is streamed to your computer
it is captured to file. Any kind of audio stream can be captured
this way no matter whether it is played with Windows Media Player,
Real Player, QuickTime, or any other audio streamer.
Note: Dell, Gateway and several other PC vendors
have purposely handicapped the standard sound cards/chips that ship
with their desktops and laptops, removing the necessary "Stereo
Mix" or "What You Hear" device options that are necessary
to record streaming audio with the method you have described. With
most systems, it is possible to obtain updated drivers that restore
this functionality, but you have to tread carefully since installing
the wrong driver can disable the audio completely and force you
to perform a system restore.
Another cheap ($3) and easy hardware fix is to buy a 3.5mm stereo
audio splitter and short male-male 3.5mm stereo audio cable. Simply
plug the main splitter lead into the sound card output jack (where
you have your speaker cable plugged in), plug your speaker cable
into one of the splitters, and then plug one end of the audio cable
into the other splitter and the other cable end into the "line
in" input of your sound card. Now you can select "line-in"
as the device and start recording away!
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Download Free Sound Recorder
Free Sound Recorder is a perfect audio recorder to record
your own voice, music or any other sound by working directly
with your sound card. It supports the record
input/source from a microphone, streaming audio (live
internet broadcasts or sound of online television), external
input devices (e.g. CDs, LP, music cassettes, phone line, portable
players, etc.) as well as applications like Winamp,
Media Player, etc. With built-in advanced audio record engine,
the recorder produces high quality recordings.