It’s hard to imagine a company could make more hay from the same
basic functionality–hooking into the Windows audio/video
output–than Appian Technologies. The company markets a cool six
programs, including Replay Music, that leverage this ability.
Replay Music records anything you play from within Windows,
including Internet radio and streaming music from online stores,
its raison d’etre. The program is extremely easy to use and does a
very nice job of recording, even splitting the output into separate
MP3s with tags, and recording songs that are already playing from
Unlike programs RarmaRadio or the free Screamer Radio, Replay
Music doesn’t play Internet radio or audio files itself; you must
do this with another program such as iTunes
Media Player. Also, the program is very pricey for a one-trick
pony. The better value is the company’s AV Capture suite, which
captures video as well as audio and includes playback and some
editing features. Once, I regularly used the company’s Replay AV to
capture Internet video but have switched to the equally effective
and free Video DownloadHelper add-in for Firefox.
Replay Music works well, especially for the online music stores.
Remembering that recording streaming audio is an iffy proposition
legally due to copyright restrictions–as well as the agreements
you give a nod to when signing up for a service–Replay Music is
worth checking out.
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site, where you
can download the latest version of the software.
–Jon L. Jacobi