My heart belongs to radio. It’s in my blood, and that infection dates back to pre-teen years where I would fall asleep late at night while listening to far away radio stations (with a tiny transistor radio and earplug) only to awaken the next morning with a headache and a loud hissing sound coming from the radio.
Thankfully, those days are gone. Radio, which has survived the predictions of death, thanks to movies, television, tape players, CDs, iPods, and iPhones, is alive and well and available everywhere, from anywhere, and all the time.
Instead of listening to live radio, we have the options today of shifting radio to a time more convenient to our listening schedule, thanks in part to streaming internet radio and apps like Radio Recorder the much beloved Radioshift for the Mac.
Radio Recorder is pretty much what you think it is. It records internet radio so you can save and listen to radio programs whenever you want. Think iTunes for radio shows, but with a built-in scheduler.
Select from nearly 30,000 streaming radio stations from all over the world. That covers every genre you can think of except maybe Punk Polka. The scheduler is a standard Monday through Sunday scheduler for whichever internet radio station you want to record. Setup playlists, rip songs from stations and save them to your Mac, and, if you have a powerful Mac and plenty of bandwidth, you can record many internet radio streams at the same time.
Pretty much every audio format you want is handled by Radio Recorder, including mp3, Ogg, WMA, WAV, AAC, even pls, and m3u. The price tag is modest, considering all you get in Radio Recorder, and the app is updated often (Mac App Store version).
What about Radioshift?
It was one of my favorite internet radio station recorder and time shifting apps back in the day, though development stopped in 2011. Yet, there’s a new version of Radioshift, the less loved stepchild of Audio Hijack Pro, which also records audio from your Mac, but is more multipurpose than one-trick pony.