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RarmaRadio

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder RarmaRadio

RarmaRadio does a good job of recording, allowing you to record a single song, continuously till you press stop, or continuously with the recording divided into individual songs. And unlike programs such as Replay Music that simply capture audio, RarmaRadio organizes and plays the stations itself. The program comes with a hefty list of stations, divided into the usual classical, pop, folk, hip hop, etc., categories. It also interfaces to an online database though when I checked the online list, additions seemed to have slacked off since July 2008.

RarmaRadio's interface offers up the familiar Explorer-like tree to browse the categories with a side pane for the individual stations in each category. Information about the currently playing station is displayed below that and a volume control is found at the bottom of the window. You can filter stations by bit rate as well as genre, country and other criteria. Recording a broadcast is as simple as clicking the prominently place record button. The 2.24 version I tested seemed to record continuously just fine; however, it sometimes cut the ends off of songs when I tried to record just the currently playing tune. Other than that, it worked just fine.

I liked RarmaRadio--a lot. Enough to pay for it in lieu of the free Screamer Radio? I'm not so sure, though it offers the scheduling that Screamer Radio lacks and is certainly easier to use and navigate. If it were free I'd be all over it.

Note: This link takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download the latest version of the software.

--Jon L. Jacobi

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder RarmaRadio

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