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Downloading vs Recording. What's better to save streaming audio?
There are only two ways to save the streaming audio on your computer - download the audio directly from the site or record audio during playback. In this article we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both methods.
Downloading streaming audio
The biggest drawback of downloading - is the need to support a huge number of various formats and protocols. Different streaming audio services may use the flash, shoutcast, icecast or windows media streams, so you will have to install separate programs for each site. Fans of downloading often argue that this method provides the best quality. So it is. The program downloads the original audio stream with no changes, but popular music services use the flash player and orinalny stream will be in the FLV format. Unfortunately, this format is not supported by mobile devices and we will have to convert FLV to MP3 or M4A. After re-encoding quality is the same as a normal recording. To intercept the audio stream program installs a special driver, which will be slightly slow down your computer. In addition, the driver reduces the security system from external attacks. Another advantage of the download - a program automatically takes the ID3 tags from the wbsite. Please note that each site used its own description of songs and player pages are constantly changing, so you must constantly update the program.
The main advantage of this method - versatility. What you hear is what you get. This is also the main drawback - you'll record system sounds. This is easily avoided if you disable them. Additionally, you must disable microphone to not record the background noise. Another drawback is the inability to obtain information about the song. The program does not refers to the site, and records audio from your sound card. In rare cases, you can copy the tags from the site by hand, but when a scheduled recording program can not do it yourself.
One of the best programs for recording streaming audio is an i-Sound. The unique ability to record digital audio from the sound card drivers without installing a virtual guarantee high quality recording.In addition to supporting all major audio formats, it provides great opportunities to use built-in scheduler, sound activated recording and automatic gain control. Recording browser allows you to edit tags of recordingss, copy, rename, and delete recordingss, and send them by email.