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Recording Internet Radio Programs On Your PC

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Listening to daytime talk radio is practically impossible in my current employment. Oh, I have tried but between needing to take telephone calls and otherwise concentrating on duties of the job, it is hardly worth the effort. If only there was a way I could record these programs and listen to them at a time of my choosing. Listening on my commute would be ideal. Challenge accepted!

A web-search of "recording internet radio" will present a great  many options for accomplishing the task (perhaps such a search has led you to this article.) The easiest way to record from the internet involves using audio recording tools (such as Audacity) that basically capture the sounds coming from your PC speakers. While this is easy enough to do, problems arise in doing this while also working on your computer. For instance, if you capture your speaker (or mixer) output you will also pick up system sounds and besides, you don't want the program playing at work, you want to listen later. The method detailed here will download the broadcast directly to a file on your hard drive to listen to later.

There are software solutions for sale that promise to do what we want but if you were inclined to buy software it is doubtful that you would have read this far into this text. The solution I am suggesting involves no cash outlay because it utilizes freely available software (open source software and/or freeware.) However, unlike some advertized Free Downloadable software this technique will not require the installation of malware or software of any kind. The programs required to accomplish our mission are portable (meaning they may even be run from a USB-Key if desired.)


To make your life easier, you may download this ZIP file which contains the minimum required files to perform the steps outlined in this tutorial:

RecordInternetRadio.zip [8.6MB] (Windows x86)

If you would rather sort-out the downloads yourself, you will need the following executable files
(available from web sites shown ):


 

The Plan

  1. Use mplayer.exe to record broadcast to hard-drive in raw audio WAV format.
  2. Use lame.exe to convert WAV file into MP3 format file.
  3. Use Mp3Splitter-lite.exe to break single, large MP3 file into smaller parts (for easier consumption.)

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Secrets of encoding.

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[published draft]

Below is a collection of batch files that I have used for various A/V tasks.

using ffmpeg, mplayer, mencoder, lame

Posted now for posterity - will detail some day - until then you might find the clue you have been looking for.

DShow driver for mplayer: http://doors.univer.omsk.su/~voroshil/

Get MPLAYER/MENCODER [http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/news.html]

 


a2f.bat
d:_mplay_ffmpeg.exe -i "%1" -acodec copy "%1.flv"


pspvid.bat
codecsffmpeg-10 -i %1 -acodec aac -ab 128k -ar 48000 %1.mp4


sync.bat
call mencoder.exe "%1" -audio-delay %2 -ovc copy -oac copy -o "sync-%1.avi"


resample.bat
call mencoder.exe "%1" -vf scale -zoom -xy %2 -vobsubout l:worksubfile -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=0:cbr:vol=%3:br=%4 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=%5 -ofps %6 -ffourcc DX50 -o "%7"


resamplist22.bat
md %1resampled
dir /b %1*.avi > %1dolist.txt
for /F %%T in (%1dolist.txt) do resample "%1%%T" 320 2 48 400 22 "%1resampled%%T"


resamplist480.bat
md %1resampled
dir /b %1*.avi > %1dolist.txt
for /F %%T in (%1dolist.txt) do resample "%1%%T" 480 2 48 800 23 "%1resampled%%T"


HQresample.bat
call mencoder.exe "%1" -vf scale -zoom -xy %2 -vobsubout e:worksubfile -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=0:cbr:vol=%3:br=%4 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=%5 -ofps %6 -o "%7.avi"


mkv2avi.bat
C:_mplay_codecsffmpeg-distffmpeg -i %1 -sameq -vcodec mpeg4 %1.avi


3gp.bat
c:_mplay_codecsffmpeg-10.exe -i "%1" -s qcif -vcodec h263 -acodec aac -ac 1 -ar 8000 -r 25 -ab 32 -y %1.3gp


WAV2mp3.bat
for %%t in (04) do lame --preset 32 part%%t.wav g:book_convertpart%%t.mp3


lamecon.bat
for /F %%t in (h:flashdolist.txt) do lame --preset 128 h:flash%%t.m4a h:flashmp3%%t.mp3


bookcon14.bat
for %%t in (01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14) do ffmpeg -i G:book_convertpart%%t.wma -ab 32 -vn G:book_convertpart%%t.mp3


tv.bat
E:mplayermplayer.exe -v -tv device=0:input=1:adevice=1:input=0:audiorate=44100:amode=1:immediatemode=0 -vm -adapter 2 -fs -framedrop -nocache tv://


rescale.bat
c:_mplay_mplayermencoder.exe %1 -vf scale -zoom -xy %2 -oac lavc -ovc lavc -ofps %3 -ffourcc DX50 -o %1.avi"


dvdDump.bat
mplayer dvd://1 -chapter 2 -dvd-device o: -dumpstream -dumpfile K:workDUMP.vob

 

 

 

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How Awful About Allan [Public Domain Cinema]

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How Awful About Allan


Source: The Internet Archive

Allan (Anthony Perkins) is blamed for an accidental fire that killed his father (Kent Smith), disfigured his sister (Julie Harris) and landed him in an institution. Eight months later, partially blind and guilt-stricken, he's let out of an institution and rents a room from his estranged sibling in an effort to put his life back together, but someone is out for revenge and wants to drive him crazy. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065858/]

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Zontar: The Thing from Venus [Public Domain Cinema]

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Zontar: The Thing from Venus


Source: The Internet Archive

A misguided scientist enables an alien from Venus named Zontar to come to earth in order to help solve man's problems. However, Zontar has other ideas, like disabling the power supply of the entire world and taking possession of important officials with mind control devices. Written by Jeremy Lunt

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Plan 9 from Outer Space [Public Domain Cinema]

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BlogDogIt NOTE:
This is recognized by many to be "The Worst Movie Ever Made" - a must see (to believe.)

Plan 9 from Outer Space


Source: The Internet Archive

"Can your heart stand the shocking facts about grave robbers from outer space?" That's the question on the lips of the narrator of this tale about flying saucers, zombies and cardboard tombstones. A pair of aliens, angered by the "stupid minds" of planet Earth, set up shop in a California cemetery. Their plan: to animate an army of the dead to march on the capitals of the world. (The fact that they have only managed to resurrect three zombies to date has not discouraged them.) An intrepid airline pilot living near the cemetery must rescue his wife from this low-budget terror. "Can you prove it *didn't* happen?" [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052077/]

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Gulliver's Travels [Public Domain Cinema]

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Gulliver's Travels


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Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefiscu spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, manage to steal Gulliver's pistol. Written by Paul Penna

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Teenagers from Outer Space [Public Domain Cinema]

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Teenagers from Outer Space


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A young alien (David Love) falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson) and they team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet. The invaders, who arrive in a flying saucer, carry deadly ray guns that turn Earth-people into skeletons. Written by alfiehitchie [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053337/]

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The Painted Desert [Public Domain Cinema]

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The Painted Desert


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Western pardners Jeff and Cash find a baby boy in an otherwise deserted emigrants' camp, and clash over which is to be "father." They are still bitterly feuding years later when they own adjacent ranches. Bill, the foundling whom Cash has raised to young manhood, wants to end the feud and extends an olive branch toward Jeff, who now has a lovely daughter. But during a mining venture, the bitterness escalates. Is Bill to be set against his own adoptive father? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu> [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022243/]

Download in h264 MPEG4 format [444.5MB]

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