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If you dont have VLC you can download it from this link:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Open your favorite internet radio station using VLC or Winamp

Make sure you can hear the music playing before you continue...

 
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Step 1: In Winamp

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Open File > View File Info

Using the COPY command in Windows, Copy the "Stream Address" at the top of the box into Windows memory.



Step 2: In VLC

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Open Tools > Media Information

Using the COPY command in Windows, Copy the "Location" information at the bottom into Windows memory.

Step 3: Before continuing...

The "Location" information or "Stream Address" should look like this:

http://scpire-nta-aa04.stream.aol.com:80/streem/1003
http://pcpi.stream.eva.com:80/streem/144
http://ire-nnrfa09.stream.bqx.com:80/streem/1008


Close Winamp or minimize VLC to the taskbar before you continue on to the next steps...

Step 4: Create a "Container File"

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On your Windows desktop, create a file named Music01.mp4

Right click on an empty part of the desktop and choose
New > Text File... and then name the file Music01.mp4


Click YES in the dialog about changing the file extension.

Step 5: Open VLC...

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Open Media > Network Stream

PASTE the "Stream Address" or "Location" information into the blank
Network Protocol area found in the "View File Info" or "Media Information" dialog from the previous players.


Click the PLAY dropdown and choose CONVERT

Step 6: In the Convert dialog...

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Choose the already created file on the desktop named "Music01.mp4"
for the Container file.


Check the "Display The Output" box

Choose "Audio - MP3" in the profile box.

Click START

Step 7: A view of my Music01.mp4 file...

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Whatever you hear will be copied to the "Music01.mp4" file.
Check 
the "Music01.mp4" file by checking the properties dialog in Windows. 

You'll see that each time you check the file properties the file gets bigger.


If the file stays the same size, you did something wrong. Go back and start over with the location information.

The Music01.mp4 file on my desktop started at zero bytes. The first picture shows the file at 833 thousand bytes. The second picture shows the file at 1.67 megabytes. [obviously getting bigger]
DosProbie11 months ago
Here's a FREE Batch file I wrote for VLC that will do all the dirty work for you to record easily. You only need to specify your 1. Url stream 2. File name for your stream and 3.Record time
enjoy DP :-)
http://rghost.net/51295940
DosProbie11 months ago
Always have a issue with VlC iHeart-ClearChannel streams from the commandline this is a little more hoops to go thru but this manual way works perfect!
If you want a easier way I would recommend the free radioSure internet radio app ( http://www.radiosure.com/downloadz/downloadz-select/ ) It's just a 2 click process with selecting your station then clicking on the record button..DP
ozone333 (author)  DosProbie11 months ago
The method through VLC is FREE while the radiosure method is $10 after the 48 hour trial. The object of this method is that is costs nothing to the end user. I do understand that there are other methods that cost money including radiosure and the wondershare product. If people want to spend money to accomplish recording radio streams, then I suggest they not bother with this method.
Thanks for introducing, while I would like to try some easier ways to record streaming audios, check this simple 123 step tutorial here.
ozone333 (author)  Christine Smith1 year ago
Thanks for your comment! I gave up on the ever changing methods behind VLC and purchased that exact software about 6 months ago. While it still can be done with VLC, it is much simpler with that software.
That's great. maybe you could share some skills of that streaming audio recorder if you have time.
yztay3 years ago
Will this work for vlc 0.8.6i or only for newest release ?
CaseyCase3 years ago
Neat, but I'm a fan of using Audacity to record (and edit) streaming audio--it's a lot easier than jumping through all those hoops.