StreamWriter is without doubt one of the most comfortable Internet radio recorders for the Windows operating system.
It comes with a database of radio streams that are searchable directly in the interface. Here you can key in a genre for instance to get a list of matching results.
The software can filter radio stations by genre, quality or type in addition to that.
You then have the option to start listening to select radio stations right away, for instance to assess the quality of the stream, or to start recording as many as your computer and Internet connection is capable of handling.
The developers of the free application have just released StreamWriter 4.0 which improves the functionality of the Internet radio recorder significantly. One of the interesting new features is the option to configure post-processing options per stream. Post-processing can for instance be used to change the output format of the music or to write tags to the file. This can for instance be useful to add radio station information to the tags. New decoders have been made available in the post-processing stage. StreamWriter now supports MP3, AAC and OGG encoders, and can in addition convert AAC music files to M4A.
A new tag editor has been integrated to edit tags of the downloaded file right in the streamWriter interface. A second addition is the equalizer, available under Player > Equalizer, which can be used to fine-tune the stream and song playback in the program.
Music folders can be imported into the save songs listing of StreamWriter, which can be useful for a variety of reasons, including powering the program's wishlist, playing the songs directly from within the interface, or editing them from within.
Check out our previous StreamWriter review here for a detailed feature-overview.
The program gets better and better with every release the developers put out. I suggest you give it a try if recording Internet radio is legal in the country you are living it. StreamWriter is available as a portable version and installer.
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