I love services like Pandora and Slacker because they let me listen to music without having to take the time to compose my own playlists. Recently, however, I’ve also been getting back into using online radio stations, and in doing so I stumbled across a pretty cool app called StreamWriter that packs an impressive set of features for recording Internet radio stations.
This free (and portable) Windows app takes Internet radio recording to a new level. As you might suspect it is more than capable of saving off a recording of any streaming radio station, which is probably one of the most requested things for online radio stations. On top of that it can also split out the tracks when a new song starts playing, and will try to do so by looking at when the station says the song switched as well as where the silence appeared so that it will be a clean cut. You can also provide a list of songs for it to watch out for using a wish-list, and the software will automatically tune into any station that is playing that song so that it can be recorded.
Here is a rundown on some of the other features offered by StreamWriter:
- Record as many streams as you want at the same time (MP3/AAC)
- Automatically record a wishlist’s song when it’s playing on a stream
- Player for streams and recorded files
- Track splitting with silence detection
- Function for manual cutting of saved titles
- Tracks are named by a given pattern
- Short songs (ads) can be skipped
- Writing of tags to recorded files
- Script-based postprocessing
- Applying of effects to recorded songs (SoX)
- Integration of different audio encoders
- Scheduled recordings
- Stream browser
- Can be installed or used in portable mode
I highly recommend this app to anyone that enjoys listening to free online radio stations, but wants to have more control over the playback of the songs.
StreamWriter Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)