August 15, 2005 Internet audio/radio is evolving quickly. There are now more than 5000 online radio stations listed at RadioDirectory, 8000 at RadioTower and 10,000 at Radio-Locator. Compared to the dozen or so “traditional” local radio stations we have access to, there’s every reason to believe you’ll find an audio stream on the internet that’s infinitely more in line with you tastes. Which is why we think the release this week of affordable software offering DVR-like capabilities for web radio is significant. Photo, video, and audio software company MAGIX, has announced Webradio Recorder, which lets consumers record multiple radio shows and music, automatically name tracks, and burn them onto CD or DVD. The array of powerful DVR-like functions even let you listen to earlier parts of the same radio show that you are in the process of recording.
Available now on-line and in stores mid-September, MAGIX Webradio Recorder is priced at US$29.99 and comes with 2,000 preset radio channels plus the ability to add any Internet radio station in the world.
According to the Radio Advertising Bureau, adults spend an average of 3 hours a day listening to radio, although their FM/AM choices are very limited.
With convenient Tutorials, Task Assistants, and search functions, MAGIX Webradio Recorder is extremely easy to use. It’s no problem if you miss the start of a song as an active background recording cache makes sure that each song is recorded from start to finish, even if the record button is pressed in the middle of the song. You can also just enter the artists or songs you’re interested in or which ones you don’t want to hear at all, and the recording filter takes care of the rest for you.
An intuitive editing interface lets you correct and optimize your recordings. It fixes chopped-off beginnings and ends, removes interspersed radio commentary and any crackling noises. Recordings can be converted into all popular formats (OGG, MP3, WAV, and more), saved to mobile devices, or burned straight onto CD or DVD.
If you’d like to explore the world of internet radio further, there’s an excellent overview at PCWorld.
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