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screamer radio logo Screamer Radio is currently my weapon of choice when hunting for new music. It’s simple, CPU-light and unconditionally free. It can handle just about any streaming format, your machine will hardly feel it’s running, and you can minimize it in the system tray.

Whenever I tune into something exciting, I hit the REC button and the output mp3 file is automatically encoded with the artist and song data. Using this information, I can track down the song or album and add it to my shopping list.

The installation file can be downloaded here. Apologies Mac and Linux folks but so far it’s only been available for Windows. After a quick and hassle-free installation procedure, you’ll get a notification: “Presets successfully updated from server!” In Screamer speak, presets means the list of online radio stations the app has collected for you.

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How to Listen

I know you just can’t wait to get some music going so let’s explore the options on the Presets menu first:

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    By Genre : anything from Anime through more exotic stuff like Nerd (!?) and Soundtracks to Trance.

    By Language (NOT NATIVE) : Here you’ll find stations streaming in a language which is not native in the country where the station is based. A great opportunity to brush up your Croatian ;-)

    By Network : a selection of stations like BBC and Virgin Radio whose different channels are available from the respective submenu.

    By Region : stations arranged based on their continental geolocation – from Africa to Second Life. Now’s your chance to check out what the folks at Radio Maria in Burundi have been up to!

When you’ve found a station and you’d like to add it to your favorites, simply go to the Favorites menu and select Add to Favorites. To delete items, go to the File menu and choose Edit Favorites. The lines of code that open in Notepad are not a pretty sight if you’re not familiar with HTML but with a tiny bit of help from a friend and/or this tutorial you should be able to remove the unwanted items. Usability improvement in this area should definitely be at the top of the developer’s list.

Let’s dive into some deeper functions. Say you’d like to enjoy your audio at a consistent loudness level regardless of the output signal of the many different streams you might be listening to. Selecting the Settings menu, then Effects, and Compressor will do the trick.

If the balloon-delivered artist and song info before each track gets a little in your way, you can silence it by going to Settings, then Preferences, General tab, and Balloon Tooltips (un-tick).

At the time of this writing Screamer is available in twelve languages. To check if your language is on the list, go to Settings and Language.

More about Recording

Before you start stream-ripping, you might want to change the default folder where your mp3 files will be saved. You can do this by going to Settings, Preferences and then Recording tab.

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While in recording mode, the Rec button displays the all-uppercase REC. To stop recording, hit the REC button and it will revert to Rec without stopping the stream.

Screamer automatically packs all your newly recorded files into folders with the title of the relevant radio station. Inside the folder your files are encoded at the kbps rate of the captured stream.

Another nice feature is the continuous recording option where each song is automatically recorded and tagged with the artist and song title in a separate file. On the other hand, if you’d like to record only the current track, just go to the Recording menu and choose Single Track Mode.

Happy streaming!

  1. SHineko
    January 22, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Greetings everyone, I just wanted to add that:

    1) You may enter any url you want under "File" then "Open URL". And you can add the station if you like it that much to your faves later for quick viewing.

    2) About old presents, it is true that support for the official presents has stopped, one dedicated SR fan has his own unofficial presents.

    If you want to request a station you can use the official SR forums, and Tapin who is the sole person responsible for the unofficial presents will add your station to the presents. Please read the faq for how you should format your request (include url, station name, country, language, what type of station it is (pop, talk etc))

    It's fairly easy to install, download the unofficial present and move the .gz file to install directory of scream radio and allow it to write over old presents. Don't forget to turn off the automatic update presents in your SR preferences, or it'll just rewrite over your new presents! At anytime if you want your old official presents back just choose "update now" from file.

    Forums to request a station: http://forums.screamer-radio.com/viewforum.php?f=3

    Link to latest unofficial present:
    http://dracisvet.stefankiss.sk/presets.xml.gz

  2. Jalley
    July 4, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Thank you for pointing us to this cool service, but I have to agree with Sean. I've been unable to connect to many of the stations. Also, recording streams with automatic tagging only works with those stations that include meta info in their particular streams, which only a handful do. You'll be able to still record these streams, however, but with no artist, track, or other data. Still, the streams that work are cool.

  3. Sean V.
    July 2, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Thanx, although I find an awful lot of the presets wont connect, more wont connect then will.....

  4. JohnW
    April 27, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Cool app. I personally use StationRipper, which is kinda like this one

  5. Nik
    April 26, 2008 at 4:43 am

    Thanks, Dave! Really glad you find Screamer Radio useful.

    All credit goes to David Zidar, a gentleman from Sweden who single-handedly developed the application and is generously sharing it with the world.

  6. Dave
    April 23, 2008 at 7:24 am

    Nik - Great find. Lightweight player that far surpasses the other ones I've found. Thanks!

  7. Nik
    April 23, 2008 at 6:03 am

    @bob:
    We've got two options:
    - If you want a station added to the official preset list:
    http://forums.screamer-radio.com/viewtopic.php?t=1340
    - If you want to customize your personal preset list:
    http://forums.screamer-radio.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1070&p=3909&hilit=custom+stations+add+stations#p3909

  8. Nik
    April 23, 2008 at 5:53 am

    @ADI: Sorry about the inconvenience, my friend. Still, there seems to be a glimmer of hope and maybe an invitation to get involved: Here's a quote from the Screamer site:

    "Will you release Screamer Radio for MacOS/WinCE/WinMobile/Linux/x?

    No. I don't have the time to do the necessary work since porting an application to a different operating system is a big project.

    However, with a bit of technical expertise you can get it to work helpfully under WINE in Linux."

    • Adi
      April 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks for the concern, that's more than enough for getting things done.

  9. Aravind
    April 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I used Audacity to do the job till now.

  10. bob
    April 22, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I'm sorry if I should RTFA more carefully, but I am confusing about how you select the streams; does it allow you to enter an URL? Or just select from it's recommendations? Thanks
    - bob

    • bob
      April 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm

      OMG! I sound like I just learnt English from my last post, I know I am not "confusing", but the article is confusing me... :-) What I obviously meant was: "I am confused..."!
      - bob

  11. ADI
    April 22, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    This is one cool find. I can use it for my windows but guys is there any alternative for Ubuntu.
    Anyway thanks buddy.

  12. Nik
    April 22, 2008 at 9:15 am

    @Travis: Thanks, very happy you're having a good time!
    @Lucas: Will definitely check it out when I get my first Mac :-)

  13. Lucas
    April 22, 2008 at 8:53 am

    I believe radiolover is a good mac alternative.

  14. Travis Quinnelly
    April 22, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Nik, what an excellent find. Screamer apparently has a ton of features that I love. The simple fact that I can record what I listen to on the fly is absolutely awesome.

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