'AirPlay Recorder' App Lets Mac Users Save Songs From iTunes Radio

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    doubleTwist, the company behind the popular multi-platform iTunes-compatible doubleTwist Media Player, today brought its new AirPlay Recorder app to the Mac, allowing iTunes users to capture and save streaming audio for offline use.

    First introduced for Android in January, AirPlay Recorder is designed to record audio, such as streaming songs from iTunes Radio, using AirPlay. After downloading and installing the app, it will appear as an AirPlay device within iTunes and will record audio after being selected from the AirPlay device list.

    The app will record any audio or radio stream played within iTunes to a "Recorder" folder within the Music folder for offline playback. Recording audio is done in real time, which means a four minute song will take four minutes to record, and a reliable Internet connection is necessary because the app checks recording quality.

    Apps like AirPlay Recorder, such as Audio Hijack Pro have been previously available, but at a higher price. The legality of AirPlay Recorder and similar apps is unclear, but according to doubleTwist co-founder Monique Farantzos, who spoke to Engadget back in January, the company is unconcerned about the app's legal status.
    Along with Farantzos, doubleTwist also boasts Jon Lech Johansen as a co-founder, one of the developers behind DeCSS, a computer program able to decrypt content on commercially produced DVDs. Johansen was prosecuted in Norway back in 2002 for developing the software, but was later acquitted.

    doubleTwist's AirPlay Recorder for Mac can be downloaded for free from the doubleTwist website. The free version allows users to record 10 second samples while full recording capability can be unlocked for $9.99.

    Article Link: 'AirPlay Recorder' App Lets Mac Users Save Songs From iTunes Radio
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    This is great; if only an iTunes Radio Downloader was made for iOS jailbroken users. :D

    I would not be too surprised if this got removed in the future, though. :(
  3. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    If anyone is wondering, this is different from Pandy if it is in fact recording the audio stream. Pandy saved the cached audio file rather than recording from Pandora.
  4. coolbreeze, Feb 17, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014

    macrumors 65816

    Jan 20, 2003
  5. macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
  6. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    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)
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2007
    LOL @ people saying "before its pulled". Who is going to pull it from the double twist website? Apple?
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2010
    Argyll, Scotland
    Oh please, piracy is the very reason iTunes went DRM free. Peddle your crap elsewhere.


    This application is pointless. Why degrade music with lossy-to-lossy transcoding when you could just pirate it proper?
  9. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    4 years ago i would have been like WOOHOOOO but now im like meh too much work ill just spotify it
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2014
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2013
    what's new here?

    Audio Hijack Pro has been able to do this for years now.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    I don't pirate music, but for those who do, why would you use this? Should I get music the illegal easy way or the illegal hard way today? :rolleyes:
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    This is why we can't have nice things. Somebody has to go and abuse it and then the record companies are going cry foul and the movie studios are going to point to this and we are going to get another layer of DRM copy-protection.
  14. macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    I'm surprised this isn't available on the Mac App Store. :D
  15. macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2007
    The Android version is less than stellar, I found. Resulted in several seconds of the previous song with the following.
    I find Spotify - to - Piezo - to iTunes Match to be the most reliable way to get clean tracks.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Jan 20, 2003
    This may be one of the more elegant solutions out there (it pauses and skips recording of commercials...) but it's far from new.

    Any music, image or video that's on the internet can easily be copied. Just like radio can be easily recorded. Same concept, but since it's digital and highly portable, everyone freaks out.

    It's not a new concept though and there are very many freeware/cheap apps out there, many have been around for many many years.
  17. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Thanks, i was wondering, the only other thing I'm wondering is if that would as well be possible with iTunes radio?
  18. macrumors regular


    Jan 4, 2014
    Penn., USA
    Oh Boy!!!

    :eek: ….. Thanks MacRumors. Does it record in 256 or 128? $10.00 such a deal. Reminds me of Jaksta for Mac, that records almost anything - from cam streaming to movies on other sites and I'll I WILL leave it at that…….. hush….


    Such as………….. :confused: Do tell!
  19. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    The cease and desist letter most likely.
  20. macrumors 68030


    I agree with those who've said this will cause problems with increased and more restrictive DRM in the future.

    While good for us users in the short term, apps like these, as well as Audio Hijack Pro and the like, will do nothing to smoothen possible future contract talks with the music industry.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2012
    West Chester, OH
    Yeah I recommend Soundflower. It is slightly harder to set up (not really), but it is free.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    If people want free songs, they will pirate them, instead of having to play the whole song and having to record them one by one using an app you have to pay for.
  23. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    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!
  24. macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2012
    Yeah, you can already record easily with Audio Hijack Pro or Piezo or a million other ways — but really for my money I'd rather just pay $10/month for unlimited Spotify.
  25. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I've been using Audio Hijack Pro for years. A really great buy that way.

    You can do the same by hooking up a cable into your headphone jack to an external recording device.

    Piezo does the same thing and it's in the Mac App Store. It's a sandboxed version of AHP.

    I agree, this post is very much trying to get people to react to a non-issue, and people here are overreacting. DoubleTwist aren't even advertising it for iTunes Radio, but "Internet Radio" and iTunes in general. Ever think someone wanted to merge all their tracks from playlists?

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