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How to Capture, Record, Download and Save Streaming Audio or Music for Free

As was reported by Econsultancy, online music streaming has doubled in 2013 and streaming subscription services such as Spotify, Google Play have reached £103m. But there are still people who may prefer to download streaming audio and listen to music offline on their portable devices.

Actually, it is not feasible to find a tool that allows us to download music from all streaming sites which may have special security measures. Nevertheless, we can resort to a recording tool to capture streaming audio or music just through the sound card on the computer.

How to choose a great recording tool for you?

Here we will give an introduction to both freeware and paid software. If you just record streaming audio occasionally, you can try the freeware even though you may need more settings and the performance may not be consistent. If you need a tool exclusively designed for recording streaming audio, which also can filter out advertisements and identify music information intelligently, we suggest you to try the paid software to ensure better performance and instant technical support.

Part 1: Free streaming audio recording software

There are a couple of free recording tools that may be great help. But most of them need some complicated settings and since they are free, they don't often have updates. What's more, they will not work sometimes and you cannot turn to someone for help. If you just need to record several streaming songs, these tools can be your option. Let’s check out the tools below.

1. Audacity

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Audacity

Audacity is an open source audio editor and computer sound recorder. It supports Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and much more. For a free tool, it really has many good features, like editing sounds, multitrack mixing and recording sounds.

Steps of using Audacity to record streaming audio:

Check the steps below and for more detailed information, you can refer to the Audacity’s tutorial.

Step 1: you need to first enable your sound device to be able to record computer playback and choose the input in Audacity to be the sound device’s input for recording computer playback. If you have problem with this, follow this guide if you are using Windows operating system.

Step 2: you need to turn Software Playthrough off. Go to the Recording page of Audacity Preferences to do this.

Step 3: when everything is ready, click the Record button and start to play the streaming audio. Click Stop in the end.

Step 4: click Export to save the recorded audio as WAV or AIFF format. It’s done.

2. Free Sound Recorder

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Free Sound Recorder

Free Sound Recorder is another sound recording software for free. It supports recording streaming internet audio or audio from DVD, old cassettes to MP3, WMA or WAV format directly. You can give it a try.

Steps of using Free Sound Recorder to record streaming audio

The steps are very easy. Just follow us to see how to use it conveniently.

Step 1: first open the Mixer window of the program and choose the recording device. Click Options to schedule your recording if you need and choose the Output File Type in General settings.

Step 2: click the Start recording button and play online music you like.

Step 3: click Stop recording to finish this work and then you can check the recorded file by clicking the File List button.

Part 2: Paid streaming audio recording software

If you often record streaming audio in your daily life, it is recommended to get a paid recording program with better performance and technical support. These paid programs have user-friendly interface and enables you to finish your work in minutes. They are very easy-to-use as well. Here are some of them that you can give them a shot.

3. Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder

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This program is the cheapest one in the market but it has as many features as others. It can record streaming music directly from your computer. What you hear is what you get. You can use it to schedule the music recording and conveniently transfer the recorded MP3 files to iTunes. What’s more, it allows you to create ringtones and also create playlists.Learn More >>

Steps of using Streaming Audio Recorder to record streaming audio

There are only three steps before you can get the recorded MP3 files. The following is a summary and you can turn to this article for further information.

  1. Install and run the Streaming Audio Recorder
  2. Record streaming audio
  3. Transfer recorded audio or music to iTunes

4. SoundTap Streaming Audio Recorder

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SoundTap Streaming Audio Recorder

SoundTap records audio played on your computer and saves files to WAV or MP3 format. It can also record internet radio webcasts, audio broadcasts and much more.

Steps of using SoundTap Streaming Audio Recorder to record streaming audio

Let’s see how to use SoundTap to record streaming audio easily.

Step 1: install and run SoundTap SAR and then click Start Recording to get ready.

Step 2: go to your favorite streaming music sites to play the music and then the program will start to download the streaming music.

Step 3: click Stop Recording to finish the recording and you can play the music on this program too.

Part 3: Comparison of the streaming audio recording tools

We have talked about the four recording programs above and you can follow the steps to get the streaming audio recorded. The following will be a comparison of the four tools to help you better decide the right one to choose. Check it out.

 

Audacity

Free Sound Recorder

Wondershare SAR

SoundTap SAR

Price

$0.00

$0.00

$19.00

$40.00

Operating System

Windows, Mac & Linux

Windows

Windows & Mac

Windows & Mac

Audio Format

WAV or AIFF

MP3, WMA or WAV

MP3 or M4A

WAV or MP3

Audio Quality

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

Advertisement Filter

No

No

Yes

No

Intelligent Music Recognition

No

No

Yes

No

Music Playback

No

No

Yes

No

Ringtones Creation

No

No

Yes

No

Suitablity for Recording Songs

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

Christine_Smith
Hello Janet, this program is only for recording audio from audio and video sites. If you want to download videos, AllMyTube will a great help for you. Check it out here.
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This is great! Can it only be used for audio? Or video as well? I\'ve been using savevid, and the torch browser, sometimes IDM. How consistent is this? I like to know before i download.

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