Recording Internet audio streams


Article from Issue 57/2005

FM no longer has the biggest selection of radio stations. Instead, you need an Internet connection. But how can you save a copy of your favorite web broadcast?

The Internet has given birth to a new generation of “radio hams” who employ webcasting or streaming to deliver programming to Internet listeners using a variety of protocols. The innumerable radio stations at use the MP3 format for webcasting, whereas traditional radio stations tend to use the RTSP or PNM protocol, as spoken by RealPlayer, or the MMS protocol, as spoken by MPlayer. Unfortunately, recording the data from an incoming audio stream involves some extra work. Stream Me Up! Radio stations that use the MP3 format are the easiest to record. Streamripper [1] supports recording of MP3 streams, such as those found at or The Streamtuner [2] GUI supports simultaneous recording and playing and gives users some convenient management features (Figure 1). Both programs can typically be installed using the package management tools provided by the major distributions. Fedora users may need to install the xmms-mp3 package [3]. Note that both Fedora Core 3 and Suse 9.3 no longer have the MP3 codec on board by default.

Buy this article as PDF

Express-Checkout as PDF
Price $2.95
(incl. VAT)

Buy Linux Magazine

Get it on Google Play

US / Canada

Get it on Google Play

UK / Australia

Related content

  • Command Line: MPlayer and MEncoder

    MPlayer and MEncoder have considerable potential, and you can control them by means of intelligent command-line options. We’ll put both programs to work.

  • Internet Radio Guide

    Take a tour of some favorite Internet radio sites from the experts at Linux New Media.

  • Replace with VLC
  • Streaming with Icecast

    For live Internet radio, you need a streaming server. We’ll show you how to get started with Icecast, an open source streaming alternative for Linux.

  • Internet Radio Intro

    Did you think the Internet was out of revolutions? With Internet radio, anyone can be a broadcaster. If you want to start broadcasting or podcasting, or even if you're just looking for the perfect station, check out this month's Internet Radio cover story.

comments powered by Disqus
Subscribe to our Linux Newsletters
Find Linux and Open Source Jobs
Subscribe to our ADMIN Newsletters

Support Our Work

Linux Magazine content is made possible with support from readers like you. Please consider contributing when you’ve found an article to be beneficial.

Learn More