With the rising popularity of live streaming services (like online radios and Netflix), most users’ need for reliable stream recorder has understandably grown. Many users of streaming services are sick of just listening to these files without any control over them (like the possibility to save them for replaying at any time even in the absence of an internet connection). There is a growing need to record streaming audio through specialized software. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 options you may have for a streaming audio recorder, together with the reasons why each entry made it to this top list.
What Types of Stream Recorder Software are Available?
First of all, we should mention that these types of programs can be free or not (the ones you buy obviously include many more perks). They can be used for a wide variety of streaming record services. For example, you can use some of these streaming audio recorder software to record streaming audio from radio programs, some of them can be used to record audio content from YouTube, and you can even use some to capture the streamed content from a video hub such as Netflix. Some of them can also be used to record certain video content. However, we will primarily focus on the streaming audio recorder features for this post. You should be able to use any of these software options to record copy-written material from any streaming sources that don’t allow the recording of their content.
As a note, we also have similar guides you should read if you want to record streaming video content and edit it afterwards. Some of the software options for recording video streaming can also be used for audio purposes, but that’s not their main strong suit. For example, if you’re looking to capture Netflix video content, the procedure will be different than the ones for recording a YouTube video or a live news broadcast. If your needs revolve more around video content than audio, you should first get up to speed with our previous report on the best Streaming Video Recorder Software options, as well as with the detailed feature-posts about LetMeWatchThis (a streaming recorder designed to allow you to schedule and record various online videos), and about the Wondershare Ultimate Video Convertor. You’ll find out everything you need, step by step, to record streaming video content from the major video content hubs (Netflix, YouTube, Amazon or Hulu Plus and so on) and edit it as well should you want to.
The Top 5 Best Streaming Audio Recorder Software
Without further ado, here are the top 5 streaming audio recorder software to use for the situations and purposes described above. Choose the one that suits you best, depending on whether you want to buy it or not, if you need advanced editing options as well or not, and also depending on the source from which you need to record streaming audio.
1. Stream Recorder.NET
This free streaming audio recorder can be downloaded directly from Softonic. It can be used for both audio and video streaming, and its main advantage is, obviously, the fact that it is free to use. Another advantage of this program is that it can be used for scheduling recordings, in order to make sure you will be able to save and watch the content you are looking for at a later time, whenever you want. However, a disadvantage is the fact that it can only be used as a stream recorder for sources rendered through programs such as VLC Media Player or MPlayer. This means it isn’t suitable to record streaming audio from online sources like YouTube and Vimeo. Also, do remember that the Stream Record.NET requires to be connected to .NET 3.5SP1 in order to work, so maintain your internet connection throughout the recording (and also remember to take it into account when you schedule recordings for later).
Beyond this, the software is perfectly fine for recording your favorite shows (which stream through media player programs like VLC), and simple enough to use, although some users did hint that the commanding line interface could be friendlier. Still, considering that it’s a free streaming audio recorder, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try, especially if you need to schedule recording of TV shows for watching them later.
2. Streaming Audio Recorder (from APowerSoft)
This next streaming audio recorder program comes under just this name, so there are no doubts about what it does and the purposes for which you should use it. It works well for Windows, and while you could attempt to access it from other operating systems through the help of a convertor or remote access tool, it’s still best if you only use it for your PC. The software is a bit more advanced than the free streaming audio recorder presented above, and therefore comes with a fee. You can download it from CNET and use it for a 3 minute recording trial; after the free trial expires you should buy the complete version for full use. The full version of Streaming Audio Recorder costs $39.95.
According to user reviews, it is suitable to use for any website, audio rendering program, including internet radio stations and so on. There’s no restriction like not working for YouTube or anything like that. You can use it for capturing snippets in order to create your custom ring-tone as well. It can also toggle between multiple file formats (MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, and OGG), and playing back the recorded files is also reported to be easy and noise-free. It even has its own built-in radio with over 35 different genres to choose from when using its streaming music recorder functions, so you can build your own music library fast. As you can see, the interface is also much more visually compelling (and friendly) than the interface of Stream Recorder.NET.
3. Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder
Just as we declared ourselves to be pleased with the video streaming recorder from Wondershare, in the past post detailing technical solutions for recording video streaming content, we are also very happy with the Wondershare streaming audio recorder. You can download it from here, and it’s free to try in its version for Windows. Buying it costs approximately $19.00 for a single Windows device, $29.00 for a single Mac device/unit, and more depending how many devices or users you plan to have use the software. Speaking of operating systems, it’s worth noting that the software is also available for Macs, which isn’t something many similar programs can boast with. When they have to record streaming audio Mac users now finally have a solid and reliable option to go to.
4. Aktiv MP3 Recorder
Another great streaming music recorder that is also happily free of charge is the Aktiv MP3 Recorder. The great thing about this free streaming audio recorder is the fact that you can use it to convert old tapes, CDs and DVDs into music files as well. As long as the source (be it a streaming video or something from an old tape) is played through your computer’s sound card, the software is capable of recording it and saving it into your preferred file format. Speaking of formats, the range is pretty generous: you can choose between the MP3, VMA, VOX, AU, AIFF, and OGG formats so that it’s easiest then for you to replay or edit (depending on what you need to do with the saved files). The interface is pretty friendly as well, and its graphics are reminiscent of a 90s style media player (such as the old Winamp skins).
The last streaming audio recorder on our list is this piece of software with a funny name, capable of recording and capturing sound from both analog sources (old tapes and even vinyl discs) and online streaming sources. It’s only compatible with Windows Vista and XP, and it only saves the recorded files in the WAV and MP3 formats, but it’s free to download and use. Together with the streaming recorder, you also get a free file convertor that makes you gain access to a wider range of formats.
You can download Streamosaur from here, and also read up on the installation process, should you choose to get it for your PC. It’s not complicated to install and use, but considering its level of novelty (being designed for advanced versions of Windows), we would have expected it to have a more graphically advanced interface as well. Still, the interface, simple as it is, seems user-friendly enough, and in the end that matters more than its design, of course.
As a closing note, we should say that there are many other streaming audio recorder options out there, and this list is by no means pretending to be an exhaustive one. It’s hard to even say which is the absolute best of streaming recorders, and all we actually aim to do is present you the 5 options which we like best from all the programs we’ve experimented with so far. Then, you should choose one from the presented options based on your own needs (the operating system you use, how complex your recording activities will be, if you also need a particular format or formats, if you also plan to edit the audio files after you save them and so on). All of these alone can help you reach a final decision about which particular software you would be better off using.