RaimaRadio is a free software - not to be confused with RarmaRadio - that lets you record music played by online radio stations. Several other programs such as XMPlay or Streamripper offer the same functionality and you may be wondering why I'm reviewing just another Internet Radio downloader. The answer could not be simpler: RaimaRadio offers several unique features that make it worth a review.
It supports scheduled recordings which is great if you listen regularly to stations that offer music that you would always like to record even if you are not at home. This alone is a feature that I have not seen in other software programs that let you record Internet radio.
Another unique feature that is worth to mention is the support for Winamp audio plugins and a cover album downloader that tries to download the correct cover for the song that is currently playing.
Several other feature set it apart as well from other online music recorders. Those are station favorites, the ability to browse the Shoutcast directory, selecting random stations, recording size limitations and hundreds of preselected radio stations that can be sorted by country, genre and network. Probably the best online radio recorder in existence.
Update. The developer website has been closed down, it is now showing a parked domain and the program download is not available anymore as a consequence. While you may still find the program listed on software download portals such as Softpedia or Major Geeks, it is unclear if it is still working at the time of writing.
I suggest you take a look at StreamWriter instead. You can use the program to record one or multiple Internet radio streams on your system. The developer has integrated a radio catalog into the program so that you can search stations by name, genre, or quality.
While streamWriter does not support scheduled recordings, it ships with every other feature that made the now defunct program great. You can browse a large catalog of radio stations, filter by genre or quality, or enter a search term to get started.
The title searches all radio stations for a specific song that you would like to download, and the program's wish list and ignore list feature enables you to search actively for or block songs.
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