How to Use Free Streaming Audio Recorder

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  1. DownloadDownload Movavi Screen Recorder
  2. Specify the settings
  3. Capture the online audio stream
  4. Save your recording

How to Record Streaming Audio for Free

If you are a music lover, you’ve probably asked yourself: how to capture streaming audio to listen to it again or share it with friends? The answer is easier than you might think. You don’t need any special hardware for your computer or expensive software to capture live streams and convert them into audio files.

Movavi Screen Recorder will help you to record sound from your computer in no time. With this handy free screen audio recorder, you will be able to not only record streaming music, but also capture system audio or other sound source. Plus, of course, you can use it as a screen video recorder – its primary function.

Download Movavi Screen Recorder for Windows (compatible with Windows 10/8/7) or Mac (compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 or higher), and check this step-by-step tutorial on how to record streaming audio for free. Go through these steps yourself and copy a few songs from the Web right now!

  • Step 1. Install Movavi’s Screen Sound Ripper

    DownloadDownload the installation file and run it to install the free streaming audio recorder. You’re just a few simple steps away from capturing web audio!

  • Step 2. Set Up Audio Capture

    To grab streaming music or podcasts, run Screen Recorder. To configure the capture parameters, you need to define the capture area – for example, the web page containing the desired audio track, simply adjust the capture frame with a cursor. After the capture interface appears, check that System Audio is active – the button will be highlighted in green. You should also make sure no noise from your microphone will interfere with the recording process by deactivating that option.

  • Step 3. Capture the Online Audio Stream

    Click REC to begin recording. Whatever you intend to record – podcasts, a music track, or a webcast from a video sharing website – start playback after the 3-second countdown, so you get the audio fully recorded. Once you’ve recorded the desired segment, click Stop. Alternatively, you can manage the recording process with hotkeys: if you are a Windows user, click F9 to pause the recording and F10 to stop. On a Mac, click ⌥ ⌘ 1 and ⌥ ⌘ 2 respectively.

  • Step 4. Save Your Recording

    After you've finished recording, a preview window will open. Here, you can review the recorded segment with the video track. To extract the audio, hit the Save As button and select MP3. Press Save to export your audio file.

    Awesome! Now you know how to record audio from websites of your choice with Movavi Screen Recorder.


Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

Movavi Screen Recorder

  • Capture video from your computer screen
  • Grab sound from multiple sources
  • Use the simple editing tools to make your recording perfect
  • Save videos in any popular format

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

How to Record Audio from a Website

One option to capture audio from a website is to use the Aktiv MP3 Recorder. You can download this handy streaming audio recorder for free, and it provides all the basic recording features. Unfortunately, the Aktiv MP3 Recorder has a couple of significant downsides – it’s only available for Windows, and doesn’t include a video recording option.

  • Step 1. Install the Streaming Audio Downloader

    Download the installation file and install the program on your PC. Open the recorder once you’ve installed it.

  • Step 2. Specify the Settings

    To grab audio from the Internet, first make sure that you’ve selected the correct input device. In the Device Settings area, click the Device list and choose the appropriate sound source. To set the destination folder for your recordings, click the Browse button in the Target File Location area, choose the folder, and click OK.

    All recordings are saved in MP3 format by default. If you want to save your recordings in a different format, click the File list in the Format Settings area and select the desired format. The program also offers a recording scheduler. Click the Schedule button in the top right of the program window to add a new recording task. Specify the exact times you want to start and stop recording, click Add, and close the dialog box.

  • Step 3. Record Audio Stream

    To rip streaming music, click the Record button. When you want to stop recording, just hit the Stop button. Your recording will be automatically saved to the destination folder.

How to Capture Streaming Audio Online with a Browser Extension

The third option is to download streaming audio online using a browser extension, such as Audio Capture for Chrome. This extension provides the basic recording features to enable you to capture audio from a website, but there are a couple of important drawbacks. You can only save your recording in a choice of two formats and, if your recording is longer than twenty minutes, it may not be saved correctly.

  • Step 1. Install Audio Capture for Chrome

    To install the browser extension, open the Chrome Web Store and find the extension by typing the name in the search box. Click Add to Chrome and then hit the Add extension button in the pop-up window to install it to your browser.

  • Step 2. Adjust the Settings

    Click the extension icon in the browser toolbar, then hit the Tools icon. In the new window that opens, adjust the capture settings – select the output format and remove the 20-minute capture time limit if needed. Note however that if you remove the time limit, your recording may not be saved correctly. After you’ve adjusted the settings, hit the Save button.

  • Step 3. Capture Streaming Audio

    Open the website you want to capture and click the extension icon. Next, click the Start button. Keep in mind that by default the capture time is limited to 20 minutes. To finish capturing, click the extension icon again and then hit the Save button. In the new window that opens, click the Save Capture button to download the recording to your computer.

    Now you know how to download streaming audio in three different ways. We recommend you use Movavi Screen Recorder. This free software, with its simple interface, is a great recording tool even for beginners. Capturing screen video and audio has never been easier!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can. There are two options to record streaming audio on your iPhone – using the built-in Voice Memo app or capture app from App Store.

There are a few online services you can use to auto-tune your voice. However, compared with an installable app, the available tools may be limited. If you need more advanced features, try installing a special auto-tuning app for iPhone or Android or a desktop app on your PC or Mac.

The main ways to capture streaming audio from a website include using a desktop app or a browser extension. We recommend you use a desktop app, such as Movavi Screen Recorder, as it’s a powerful and reliable tool for recording screen audio and video.