Record and Save more than 350 Internet Radio Stations

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 25, 2008
Updated • Dec 4, 2012
Music, Music and Video

Recording Internet Radio is not a new invention, several programs offer this ability for years. I'm thinking of Streamripper, Screamer Radio or XMPlay which all have functionalities to record music from Internet Radio. A new concept, at least for English Internet users as far as I know, is to save mp3 from Internet Radio stations on websites which provide functionality to play and save the mp3 after the recording. This concept has both advantages and disadvantages.

Chilirec [via Go Web 20] provides access to more than 350 Internet Radio stations and gives the user the option to save some or all streams using the service. It is very likely that Chilirec is recording all stations around the clock and only providing the users access to the stations after registration. The first benefit of this approach is that the user does not have to keep his computer turned on to record Internet Radio.

The service is recording independently which is a definite plus. The 350 stations that can be recorded simultaneously are a plus as well. It is impossible to record that many stations from a single computer. Recording starts right after picking the stations that should be recorded. The interface looks a bit messy at that point listing all the 350 stations on one screen. Only the titles are visible and it is kinda hard to pick the interesting stations.

The amount of mp3 that are accumulated in short time is fantastic. It took less than fifteen minutes to record more than 500 mp3, guess how many you can record in a day or two! Not all of them are interesting though and the ability to sort through them should be essential for the online service.

A search is available that provides a search for artists, genre or song titles. The search works fine as does the playback on site and the saving process. A click on a mp3 makes it possible to save it to the hard drive. I was able to download mp3 even without creating an account on the site. I suppose all recordings up to that point are gone if I would not have created one during the session.

The greatest shortcoming of Chilirec is that users cannot add new stations to be recorded. If your favorite station is not among the 350 you are left with recording it on your own.

Chilirec works surprisingly well. Recording, saving and playing is working flawlessly and fast enough to be enjoyable. Great service especially for those who want to increase their music collection.


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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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