The MP3 VCR is a free Open Source Internet radio recording software that's more than just an alternative for the excellent Streamripper.
The software supports Shoutcast and other mp3 streams which can be copied and pasted, or dragged and dropped on to the interface. The software itself comes with a preset of 40 radio stations which can be loaded right away. New radio stations can be added to this list, so that they can be opened faster in consecutive runs.
You may want to add often used stations to that list so that you don't have to copy and paste it whenever you want to listen to the station again.
The program uses three independent windows to control the recordings. Windows 1 is the start window with all options and configuration settings. The user can define the download path in here, load radio stations, change the skin, configure the build in Live365 support, change the default stream title format or generate a command line command for this preset which can then be used in batch files, loaded during startup or used in the Windows Task Scheduler.
Window 2 lists all radio stations that have been added by the developer and user. It is possible to remove, add or edit the radio stations in the list.
The third and final window is the music player and recorder. It uses basic controls to play, record, pause and stop the music. The MP3 VCR tries to identify the name of the song so that it can save each tune with a descriptive file name. This is however only possible if the radio stations are including the title in the stream.
One interesting option is the ability to record radio stations for a certain time. This, in combination with the option to launch the program from the command line make it possible to record specific radio stations regularly.
The program supports live365 stations recording with title extraction, and acts as a general purpose mp3 playback program as well.
The MP3 VCR can be downloaded from the developer's website. It is compatible with most versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system including Windows 7 and Windows 10.
The MP3 VCR may not be as sophisticated or powerful as Streamripper or StreamWriter, but it is definitely a well designed Internet radio recorder that has all the options that you could possible require.
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