There's a world of content available online, but knowing what to look for and where to look for it can be a problem. The following tutorial will show you how to record radio content and set presets for stations you enjoy.
1. RadioTracker enables you to build an MP3 music collection from internet radio. It scans radio stations for tracks by selected artists or in certain styles and downloads them. In a few hours, it can build a set of tracks that fits your tastes.
2. RadioTracker’s interface is busy, but it’s not too difficult to understand. Along the lefthand side of the main screen there are controls for ripping music and a list of stations being scanned. On the right there’s a list of ripped tracks and transport controls. The simplest way to start is to select a genre and click Autorip.
3. To control the choice of tracks more tightly, click Stations. The Manage Stations dialog will pop up to display a list of genres and stations. As you listen to RadioTracker’s output, you’ll work out which stations play the music you like most and can delete stations from this list that don’t produce the goods.
4. Another method of selecting tracks is to use MusicFinder. Click the MusicFinder tab and the panel to the left will display a wishlist of artists. Click Search Catalog, followed by the names of any artists you want to add to the list. An icon appears next to their names in the list on the right.
5. Click on an artist’s name and a list of their tracks appears in the panel below. Click the track titles to add specific tracks to the search list for an even more targeted search. Bear in mind, however, that obscure tracks may take a while to find, even though RadioTracker users scan thousands of stations.
6. Click the downloaded tracks on the righthand side of the MusicFinder or Radio screens to play them. Besides not being to your taste, some tracks may include irritating station ‘idents’ – a good reason to remove the track and have RadioTracker search again.
See also: How to set up and record internet radio