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skype_logo_recordingEveryone ought to record their incoming and outgoing calls, as well as keep chat logs. Why should we let homeland security have all the fun?

This should be done for the same reasons as keeping letters, even though they’re a dying practice. Two main reasons, actually.

The first one is emotional, as a keepsake. There are few people who wouldn’t enjoy going through some personal conversations from a few months, or even years ago. It’s interesting to look back upon situations, and to analyze your past self.

The second reason is also referance, but in a more serious way. It can support you, as an information source, to look up spoken dates and facts. In an even more serious way, these call recordings become even more crucial, as they can have great legal value. Of course you could also just be a paranoid dweep like me – great fun.

Whatever reason you’re doing it for, microphones and tape recorders are kind of old fashioned. Instead we’ll go with the flow and head the software way. Read on to see how Pamela and SCR will provide you with all the tools you need. Macintosh users might want to scroll even further down, to see what they’ll need to do.

Windows is, for now, still the dominating operating system. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then, that it is more supported by a wide variety of applications. There are workarounds on the other operation systems, but no free dedicated software like on Windows. There are tons of suites available, but we’re going to skip the ‘extensive ones‘ with all their superfluous buttons and functions, and focus on one simple application that does all you really need.

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Record Skype Calls on Windows

Skype Call Recorder is a smart and minimalistic application, a perfect example of ‘name says it all’.

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It can be hidden in your system tray, and automatically starts recording any incoming or outgoing calls to an mp3 file. It supports multiple conversations at once (e.g. one active, the others on hold), and records each to its own file.

For the amateur private detectives here, it’s also an easy way to place a tap on someone’s phone. Mind you, that’s pretty illegal in most countries.

Record Skype Calls on Mac

Sadly for the Mac users amongst you, the above app is Windows-only. Although there are no free dedicated applications for the platform, there are several workaround ways to record your Skype calls with your Mac.

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Audio Hijack Pro is probably easiest to use. This cool utility will record the sound output of any application to an AIFF file, including Skype. No automatic recording, I’m afraid, but still as simple as clicking the button. The free version can record up to ten minutes, so don’t take too long. If you’re a really big chatter, refer to the alternative solution.

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If you have GarageBand, there’s another workaround you could give a shot. No limitations this time. You’ll also need the free LineIn and Soundflower applications. Read the set-up instructions here.

We hope this will help you with your personal surveillance. Any questions or comments about the above, or related applications can be directed to the comments section below.

  1. Marc
    June 6, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Pamela Call Recorder is bundled with every Skype.

    pamela.biz/

  2. Marco
    May 14, 2009 at 10:27 am

    well, this application, Skype Cap, works fine, have a look here:
    skypecap.com/

    Marco

  3. Supa Kyle
    May 13, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I'm kinda sad you left this out for the mac. It's not free but I think it is better than Audio Hijack Pro. It's Wiretap studio from AmbrosiaSW.com. Really simple to use, choose exactly the programs you want to record, & hasn't skipped a beat yet for me.

  4. Devin Johnston
    May 12, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Can you post a link to Skype Call Recorder? A quick Google search reveals about a gazillion hits for different bits of software calling themselves by that name.

  5. Simon Slangen
    May 12, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Skype Call Recorder can be found here:

    voipcallrecording.com/

  6. VirginTech
    May 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I am a regular user of skype and i really love it! Thanks for sharing this nice app!

  7. Tushar
    May 12, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Check out CallGraph (callgraph.biz/). I've been using it for quite some time now (the free version is sufficient). It does an excellent job and it's amazing!

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