Use streamWriter to record wishlist songs automatically

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 7, 2014
Music and Video

There is lots of music on the Internet. You can listen to Internet Radio, watch music videos on sites like YouTube, subscribe to music services such as Pandora or Spotify, or purchase music digitally on Amazon or iTunes.

With all that music at your fingertips, it should not be difficult to find that one song that you always wanted to have as part of your collection, right?

While it is not difficult to find popular songs, and even many lesser popular ones, there is no guarantee that you will find a particular song or version of a song on the Internet.

And if you do not want to spend money on that song, you may still have options to record it legally.

The recording of Internet Radio is legal in many countries, and that is exactly why the following solution works pretty well.

All you need is the radio recorder streamWriter and some time to add the songs that you want to download to the program's wishlist feature. Once added, streamWriter will automatically record songs that are played on Internet Radio to your local system even if you are not anywhere near your computer at the time.

Configure streamWriter's wishlist feature

record songs internet radio automatically

The first thing you need to do is download the latest version of the radio recorder from the official website. You can download a setup or a portable version.

Start the program after you have installed it or unpacked it on your system. To add songs to your wishlist, do the following:

  1. Switch to the title search tab.
  2. Type a song or artist you are interested in.
  3. The results displays lots of matches, usually in the form artist - song, as well as additional information such as how many times it was placed in the last day or week, and when it was played last.
  4. Right-click on a song you want recorded when it is played again and select add title to automatic wishlist.
  5. Instead of adding titles, it is also possible to add artists to the wishlist which adds all songs by the artist listed on the results page to the wishlist.

The program will record those songs automatically for you once a monitored radio station plays it.

streamwriter record songs wishlist

All you have to do is sit back as everything is handled by the program automatically from that moment on.

You may want to make a configuration change though as songs will get downloaded multiple times otherwise. Select File > Settings > Recordings and check "add saved titles to global ignorelist".

Once a title has been downloaded, it will be ignored from that moment on so that it is not downloaded again. You may also want to check "remove saved titles from wishlist" to have them removed automatically once they have been recorded.

Closing Words

StreamWriter's automatic recording feature works really well and the database of songs and artists that it offers is incredible. You may need to check your local laws though to make sure that recording Internet Radio is legal in your country.

Use a wishlist to record songs on the Internet automatically
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Use a wishlist to record songs on the Internet automatically
Use the free streamWriter radio recording application to record music automatically that you add to a wishlist in the program.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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