Screamer Radio

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 18, 2006
Updated • May 4, 2013
Music, Music and Video

Screamer Radio is an all in one Internet radio tool that you can use tp listen to and record audio streams of your favorite Internet radio stations. It's highly configurable and works with Shoutcast and Icecast mp3 streams, Icecasts ogg vorbis streams and even windows media audio streaming. Works great, is free, what more do you want?

The Screamer Radio application is available as a portable version and installer. The portable version is excellent if you do not want to install the program on your computer, or if you want to carry it around on an USB drive or stick, to have access to your radio stations from any Windows computer you are working on.

The latest version of Screamer Radio, released in March 2011, has not changed that much from the first version introduced back in 2006. The developers have fixed many bugs that plagued some users, for instance long path bug when recording music. Core components of the program have been updated in recent time, including BASS and lame_enc.dll.

When you start Screamer Radio, your first might want to check up on the settings and preferences to make sure that everything is configured correctly. Here you can change the download directory for music that you record, stream buffering  values and reconnection settings, as well as layout and appearance settings.

You find the radio stations that ship with Screamer Radio under Presets. They are sorted into genres such as Jazz and Blues, Classic Rock or Popular Music, and you can start playing a channel by simply selecting it from that listing.

It needs to be noted that Screamer Radio can only record one radio station at a time, and that's the station that is playing in the program. I suggest you give StreamWriter a swirl if you want to record multiple stations at a time, or listen to one station while recording another.

Screamer Radio is a handy easy to use program that is ideal for users who want to listen to Internet radio and record the station that is playing at the same time.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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