If you like listening to music that is streamed from websites or internet radio stations, then you may want to record what you hear for later playback. With the right software, you can record from thousands of audio sources on the web to quickly build up a collection of digital music.
Here is a selection of free audio programs that can record streaming audio from the internet to create audio files in various audio formats.
If you have problems recording audio from your computer’s soundcard, then you may need to install a virtual audio cable. One of the best ones to use is called VB-Audio Virtual Cable which is donationware and can be downloaded for free. Just remember to set the playback and recording device in Windows to this driver!
Aktiv MP3 Recorder is an excellent program for recording audio from various sound sources. Whether you’re listening to a streaming music service or watching a video, you can capture the audio that is played through your sound card.
This free software has excellent audio format support and can encode to WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, AU, VOX, and AIFF. Also included in this full-featured audio recorder is a scheduling tool that gives you the flexibility to record streaming audio at certain times.
The installer comes with some potentially unwanted extra software. So, if you don’t want it then you’ll need to decline the offers.
Overall, a highly recommended recorder for capturing just about anything that is played through your computer’s soundcard.