StreamWriter 3 Released, Internet Radio Stream Recording Software

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 11, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

Recording Internet Radio streams is without doubt one of the best ways to increase a music collection legally. While I cannot vouch that recording the music is legal in all countries of the world, I know that it is in many.

And instead of just recording one stream and thus one song at a time, you can use specialized programs like StreamWriter to download music from multiple stations at the same time.

StreamWriter has just been released in version 3. The multi-stream recorder is one of the most comfortable programs to record radio streams from the Internet. The program has come a long way since its first release which we reviewed in 2010 here on Ghacks.

The program's core functionality was available back then as well. You could use it to record multiple radio stations at the same time and cut songs in the program, for instance to remove advertisement or moderators.

streamwriter record internet radio streams

New features were added over time, like scheduled recordings to never miss your favorite radio show again or a wishlist of songs that get recorded when the songs are playing on one of the monitored radio stations.

StreamWriter 3.0 now improves the program further. The version is a culmination of previously released fixes and several new features, among them the ability to add already recorded songs to the ignore list to avoid recording them a second time, or the new per-stream ignore list.

Radio stations can be added via the playlist / stream url form directly, or from the radio station browser. Everything is well thought out and comfortable to use. To record radio, you simply double-click a station in the list. Everything else is handled automatically by the software. Back then I tested the recording capabilities and stopped at 15 simultaneous recordings. There does not seem to be a hard limit though.

The new version of StreamWriter improves the program further, making it one of the best, if not the best, applications for recording Internet radio on the PC.

The new version of StreamWriter can be downloaded from the official project website. It is available as a portable version and installer. You may also want to check out my Download Free Music Legally guide which offers more tips and program links.


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  1. Flick said on May 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation :) I can also think of another reason why: I like an Asian band that goes on Asian-only radio channels – very few stream online but for the ones that do, it is the only way I get to hear the band in their native language. However, the time difference means its not always possible for me to do so so having a recorder is great!

  2. Transcontinental said on September 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Perfectly adequate for whom wishes to record radio streams, yet I remained stunned that nowadays anyone may still be willing to record radio :)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

      It still makes sense for some users Transcontinental. While it is true that you can tune in to a station whenever you are online, not everyone yet has a 24/7 connection to the Internet. Plus you can copy the recorded media to your mobile devices.

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