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How to record songs being streamed on iTunes Radio with AirPlay Recorder

‘AirPlay Recorder’ App Lets Mac Users Save Songs From iTunes Radio

(Credit: Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET)

The AirPlay Recorder app was released last month for Android and now has come to OS X. It allows you to record a stream from iTunes Radio, saving songs for offline use. DoubleTwist AirPlay Recorder for Mac can be downloaded directly from the developer’s site. You can try out the free version of the app, but it lets you record only the first 10 seconds of a song. The full version of AirPlay Recorder costs $9.99 and lets you record entire tracks. You’ll need Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher to run the app.

When you launch AirPlay Recorder, it adds itself as an option to the AirPlay menu. Select it as your AirPlay output choice and it will record songs as they play on iTunes Radio. The app creates a Recorder folder in your Music folder where it puts copies of the songs it downloads.

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(Credit: Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET)

AirPlay Recorder records songs in real time, and it can’t record a song that is playing before it is selected as your AirPlay option. Thus, you can’t choose which songs to record during an iTunes Radio stream, but can record them only as they stream by. Also, because AirPlay Recorder must be selected as your AirPlay output, you can’t listen to songs and record them at the same time. On a positive note, AirPlay Recorder recognizes ads as being too short to be a song and doesn’t record them.

One question remains: Is this legal? Addressing this concern, company co-founder and President Monique Farantzos told Engadget in January when the Android app launched, “Recording has been around for decades, from audio cassettes (remember mixtapes?) to TuneIn radio’s recording feature. Given that Apple built their iPod empire on letting millions of people rip CDs based on fair use, we don’t see how they could object to this app.”

“Recording has been around for decades, from audio cassettes (remember mix tapes?) to TuneIn radio’s recording feature. Given that Apple built their iPod empire on letting millions of people rip CDs based on fair use, we don’t see how they could object to this app.”

Though some question the legality of apps like AirPlay Recorder, the developers consider it a non-issue, saying this is an example of Fair Use. Speaking to Engadget, company Co-founder and President Monique Farantzos said:

“Recording has been around for decades, from audio cassettes (remember mix tapes?) to TuneIn radio’s recording feature. Given that Apple built their iPod empire on letting millions of people rip CDs based on fair use, we don’t see how they could object to this app.”

There is also the issue of Digital Rights Management as iTunes audio streams and iTunes Radio tracks are supposedly not locked down by DRM. If the app is not circumventing DRM, then it is not running afoul of that part of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Do you use Audio Hijack or AirPlay Recorder? Or do you have another favorite?

Some top comments:

zorinlynx: This sort of crap just makes companies want to implement stronger, more restrictive DRM, resulting in slower systems, more bugs, more locks and obfuscation, and more barriers to using your own legally acquired content in the future.

Of course I’m speaking on deaf ears, but.. if we pirate less, companies will be less willing to restrict how we use the stuff we buy. How’bout pirating less? Please? 🙂

(I’d be lying if I said I didn’t pirate things occasionally, but only things that are otherwise unavailable legally)

Rating: 17 Positives

newagemac: See this is why we can’t have nice things.

Rating: 9 Positives

groovyd: Audio Hijack Pro has been able to do this for years now.

Rating: 8 Positives

ScottishDuck reply on zorinlynx: “This sort of crap just makes companies want to implement stronger, more restrictive DRM, resulting in slower systems, more bugs, more locks and obfuscation, and more barriers to using your own legally acquired content in the future.

Of course I’m speaking on deaf ears, but.. if we pirate less, companies will be less willing to restrict how we use the stuff we buy. How’bout pirating less? Please? 🙂

(I’d be lying if I said I didn’t pirate things occasionally, but only things that are otherwise unavailable legally)”

Oh please, piracy is the very reason iTunes went DRM free. Peddle your crap elsewhere.

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This application is pointless. Why degrade music with lossy-to-lossy transcoding when you could just pirate it proper?

Rating: 8 Positives

thespazz: LOL @ people saying “before its pulled”. Who is going to pull it from the double twist website? Apple?

Rating: 5 Positives

pmz: “The legality of AirPlay Recorder and similar apps is unclear,”

Uh..no it isn’t Let me clear it up for you: It’s an audio recorder app.

The end.

Rating: 3 Positives

spooky2k: This kind of app has been around for a long time. Love that they charge for it though. Bet they’d complain about piracy of it. Ah, the irony.

Rating: 3 Positives

zorinlynx: The cease and desist letter most likely.

The fact that they are charging money for it is probably going to accelerate this process.

Content owners get upset when free tools are released to pirate content.

Content owners get outright livid and vengeful when other people try to make money using those tools!

Rating: 3 Positives

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