Record Internet Radio for Your iPod (or MP3 Player) for Free

Internet radio has many fans, and rightfully so. No matter what your musical tastes, there’s bound to be a station that caters to your particular interests. Internet radio isn’t just for music. You can find content that rivals the best podcasts, including news, talk, sports, and comedy. Unlike ordinary radio stations, Internet stations are available anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Of course, you don’t have an Internet connection everywhere. Most of us don’t have network connectivity in our cars, for example. You can’t really listen to Internet radio on an airplane while jogging, or while shopping at the local big-box store. Even at work, many companies ban Internet radio to reduce traffic on their internal networks.

So how can you listen to your favorite Internet station on the go or at the office? Just about everyone has an MP3 player these days (OK, just about everyone has an iPod these days; only a few of us cheapskates have ordinary MP3 players). If your car is a newer model, it can probably play MP3 CDs or can even connect to the ubiquitous iPod.

So the key is to figure out how to get Internet radio stations on your MP3 player. For that you can Download Lagu Gratis – that will do the job. However, there’s one program that stands out in my mind as the best for handling the job. The best part is, it is free software.

The program in question is a gem called Raima Radio. The software has the usual host of features you expect in an Internet radio player. It keeps a list of common radio stations (and the list updates from the Internet). You can search the list and even add your own custom entries if your favorite isn’t already in the database

Raima, like many other programs, picks up the data sent by most radio stations and uses it to display the currently playing song information (including the program’s guess at the album’s cover art, if it is available). It can also apply audio filters to the station to get special effects (it can even use popular WinAmp plugins).

So what’s special about Raima? There are several novel features that work extremely well when it comes to recording what you are listening to. First, a simple red button will record the station you are playing. When you press the red record button you can choose to start recording one big file or you can elect to record separate MP3 files for each song that plays (Raima will use the song information to build the file name). Unlike many other programs, however, Raima was actually temporarily recording the whole time!

So your recording will start at the beginning of the song you are currently hearing. You can even tell Raima just to record the current song and stop if you like. This is perfect when you hear just the song you were waiting for and you want to capture it to an MP3. You can also right-click on the currently playing song and record it from the menu that pops up there.

Of course, who wants to sit around and wait for just that one song? Using Raima’s “Watch List” function (On the Edit menu) you can tell Raima to watch for a song to come on and if it does, it will automatically record it. This is great for filling the gaps in your MP3 collection.

Raima’s not just for music. You can roll your own podcasts too. For example, I often record the BBC World Service to an MP3 file so I can listen to the news on my drive to work. Raima has a timed recording feature that makes this a snap. From the Edit menu pick Scheduled Stations and you can practically have a TiVo for MP3 radio!

Once you have the MP3 files (Raima keeps track of which files you’ve recorded) you simply put them on your iPod or other MP3 or media device in the usual way. Just be sure to keep your recordings small enough to fit the free space on your device. For single songs, this usually isn’t a problem, but if you record hours of programming, the files can get large. Raima has options to limit individual file sizes in the preferences dialog.

Another key feature is that Raima can play multiple stations at once! You can see what’s playing on all of your favorite channels. While you are listening to one channel you can have Raima record things on the other channels. This is especially handy with the watch list and scheduled recordings. A simple click on the station will switch to that stream instantly.

Raima has lots of other features too. The latest version supports some Internet television stations. You can right-click on a song and get information about it; even its lyrics. You can program presets and even automatically shuffle between different stations.

The only downside to just about any Internet Radio recorder is that most stations “blend” the end of one song with the start of the next which makes it hard to correctly identify the exact start and end of each song. Raima does at least as good as any other program I’ve used at coping with this, and better than some. On the stations I listen to, you’ll hear just a little bit of the blending but it isn’t objectionable.

By the way, if you enjoy Internet radio, you should know that there is some danger of excessive royalties shutting down small independent Internet stations. See SaveNetRadio find out the current status of the ongoing legal wrangling to save Internet radio.