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Treo Station Ripper

One of the things that I don't have much of lately is 'time' and so it has become increasingly difficult to explore, search, find and finally buy or download new music for my Treo.  What I do regularly though is listen to a number of Shoutcast radio stations which continuously play some great music.

I recently came across a very nifty piece of software called 'StationRipper' (PC only) which conveniently combines my need to save time on the one hand and find great new music on the other.  StationRipper achieves this by automatically ripping any Shoutcast streams into individual mp3 files which I can then playback on my Treo whenever I want and filter out those songs that I like the most.

The program is extremely small (only 675k), a piece of cake to install and very intuitive to use.  The basics are simple: select a station from the StationRipper Portal, Shoutcast or theStreamGuide and just click 'Tune In'.  From that point onwards the software takes over and begins ripping all the individual songs that it finds in your selected stream.

For each stream that you select, StationRipper creates a separate folder where it saves each of the mp3's from that stream as individual files (below).

In order to listen to all my ripped mp3's as if they were a 'radio station' I create a folder called StationRipper on my 1GB SD card and then copy the individidual radio stream folders into it.  When you think about it $75 for what essentially becomes a 1 gig mp3 player really is a bargain...


The other great thing is that I use Pocket Tunes as my preferred music player on the Treo which allows me to access all the music files either with an artist/album view or folder view.  In this particular case I obviously need to have the folder view since I don't want to mix the songs from the different radio streams that StationRipper created.  With all of this done I'm now ready to enjoy my favourite Shoutcast stations on the go.

The free version of Station Ripper is fully working with the primary limitation being that you can only record two streams at a time instead of the 300 that the Premium version ($14.99) offers you - worth every penny if you ask me.

Treonauts must have great music everywhere...

Posted by Andrew on January 12, 2005 at 11:19 PM

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by Kurt | Jan 13, 2005 12:04:41 AM

ReplayRadio and ReplayMusic, though more expensive than Streamripper are much more powerful and have given me tremendous results. I can record overnight NPR broadcasts and have then dumped on to my card automatically, and I can record internet radio from any source (not just streaming mp3s). Check them out.

by Andrew | Jan 13, 2005 9:48:23 AM

Thanks Kurt,

I agree that Replay Radio & Music are good solutions but while they offer increased functionality over Station Ripper (which only records streaming mp3's) I did not find them to be particularly simple or intuitive to use. Furthermore, as you point out, Radio costs $24.99 and Music $49.99 versus either free or $14.99 for Station Ripper.

Having said this, if one wants or needs to record from other sources than streaming radio then you're absolutely right that Replay Radio & Music will be obvious choices.

Cheers, A.

by Jeff C | Jan 13, 2005 12:33:38 PM

I am a proud papa of a new 650 and also use Ptunes all the time. This article bothers me as I operate Netmusique.com. Now Im no saint and have participated in file trading in the past

- but -

I have to say that this is somewhat disrespectful of the site producers that spend a lot of time and money to run these kind of sites.

Belive me, these operations almost always run at a loss.
Please dont rip.

Thanks :)

by Andrew | Jan 13, 2005 1:09:41 PM

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your comment.

I agree with you but please carefully note that at no point in our post have I advocated 'trading' or 'sharing' files. I play the music for personal use on my Treo only and suggest how others can do the same.

As outlined in StationRipper's terms and conditions this software is for personal use only. The term 'ripping' in this context is the digital version of taping a radio show for later playback as used to be done in the 'old' days...

Cheers, A.

by Greg | Aug 24, 2005 1:20:28 AM

It's not ripping if I'm only listening on my Treo, AND AND AND I've actually PURCHASED WHOLE CD"s from artists I've heard on these stations that either 1) I've never heard before, or 2) never even thought of listening to (I'm actually getting into bluegrass these days).


by ripper | Aug 10, 2006 11:05:18 PM

great blog!

latest rippers!


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