How can I record streaming audio from a website?
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What can I use to record live streaming audio from websites?

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  • Scott

    I, for example, am using Audials to record live audio and video streaming. It works quite good with recording internet music, the sound quality matches the original and it's quite easy to use and fast on top of that.

  • pceasies

    Audacity will allow you to record it. If you want to try and save the stream directly you may want to try out Fiddler2. You install it and it sets itself as the browsers' proxy and lists all traffic going through it (it's made for debugging). You can go through the list of URLs and look for an audio file then just use a downloader to save it.

  • jello

    For years I have been using mp3directcut, What I primarily love about this software, is its ability to use the processing mode after recording an album and select pause detection to automatically separate individual songs. As always, I will check out other softwares like mentioned here, but in past, I have always come back to this one.

  • Chase Vandiver

    if your using Firefox or Internet Explorer you can use the Freecorder toolbar.

  • Anonymous

    go to and then paste the exact url u r hearing the streaming audio.
    then click get files...
    a list of files can be downloaded will be displayed like pictures, audio files, video file..etc

    use the Diskwriter Plugin...

    Winamp > Options > Preferences > Plugins > Output > Select Nullsoft Disk Writer plug-in (out_disk.dll) > Configure > Choose your output directory and file format > Close > play the stream > go to the directory you chose > do what you will with the file...

    Try winamp plugin named streamripper
    The main advantages of this plugin is the ability to record while you listen to the selected online radio and also separating the entire broadcast to individual songs as it skips the ads.

    StationRipper instead, as it makes a continuous recording of the station, leaving it up to you to edit the file later, so you get to choose for yourself where to have each track begin and end.

    It also records the metadata (artist, song title) in a seperate file so that you have those details when you do the editing.

    get a Winamp plugin called Output Stacker (out_stacker.dll) for your WinampPlugins folder that lets you load TWO output plugins at once, i.e. in a stack.

    The first one feeds its output to the second. So if you load OUT_WAVE.DLL first, followed by OUT_DISK.DLL, the output of OUT_WAVE feeds into the input of OUT_DISK, and because OUT_DISK is not being fed by an internet stream it happily records the input it's getting.

    If you load them into the Output Stacker in the wrong order, this won't work! OUT_WAVE *must* be loaded before OUT_DISK!!!

    The Output Stacker is called Dietmar's Output Stacker but there are other output stackers for Winamp also available. Google it.

    Open WMP. -- Click TOOLS --> OPTIONS -- select File Types and

    REMOVE all the ticks in front of the files you DO not want WMP to be the player... !

    Click APPLY.. Then Ok..

    Using a loophole in a winamp plugin, you can download and burn music from Napster for free.


    1.Download and install Napster, sign up for 14 day free trial.
    2.Download and install Winamp
    3.Download and install the Winamp Plug-in Output Stacker
    4.Open Winamp Options->Plug-ins->Output->Dietmar’s Output Stacker->Configure
    5.Add out_ds.dll from Winamp/Plug-ins folder
    6.Add out_disk.dll from Winamp/Plug-ins folder
    7.Select out_disk.dll in the Output Stacker->Configure
    8.Set the output directory and output file mode to Force WAV file
    9.Exit preferences
    10.Load downloaded Napster protected WMAs into your Winamp playlist
    11.Press play and each file will be converted to WAV as it plays
    12.Burn WAVs to CD with your favorite burning programs.

  • Andy

    Thanks, Tina. I thought I tried Audacity once before, but I'll give it another go. The one article you referenced should be most helpful..."How to download music from Deezer, Pandora, and More".

  • RCNunya

    My favorite method is Orbit Downloader

  • Tina


    you should definitely look into Audacity. It's an open source and cross platform (free) software that can record live / streaming audio.

    You may also find the tools mentioned in these articles useful:
    3 Easy Tools to Record Streaming Music as MP3 Files
    Record Streaming Audio with Screamer Radio

    Are you looking to download from a specific service? Maybe the following article can help.
    How To Download Music From Deezer, Pandora And More

    For downloading audio from YouTube videos, check out the answers to this question:
    How can I download just the music from a streaming video?

  • Mark Shannon

    I'm not sure about if you're using a PC, but if you're using OS/X, there's a system preferences plugin you can download called SoundFlower ( Using that, you can change the audio to output and then input through soundflower, and then use the recording software of your choice. Audacity usually works well for that.

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