Stream Recording With VLC


My Pond Station installation broadcasts a live MP3 web stream hosted by the Locus Sonus soundmap. If you want to record the stream to your computer I suggest VLC. (This guide refers to VLC version 2.1.2 on Mac OS, but the Windows and Linux versions should be similar.)

Step By Step

  1. Download and install VLC. (free & open source)
  2. VLC-stream-recording-1Launch VLC and choose “Open Network…” from the File menu.
  3. VLC-stream-recording-2Paste the stream address into the URL field. For Pond Station the address is:
    http://locus.creacast.com:9001/wave_farm_pond_station_new_york.mp3
  4. Check “Streaming/Saving”.
  5. Click “Settings…” to open the settings window
  6. VLC-stream-recording-3Check “Display the stream locally” which means that you will hear the live stream while recording it to disk.
  7. Choose “Raw” as your Encapsulation Method.
  8. Choose your destination file and change the extension to mp3.
  9. Click “OK” to return to the previous window.
  10. VLC-stream-recording-4Click the “Open” button to begin recording your stream.
  11. VLC-stream-recording-5VLC will record until you press stop.

    • The counter at the bottom of the window will show you how long you’ve been recording. (The “Duration” in the playlist will be zeros since a live stream has no inherent length.)

    • If you press play VLC will record again, giving the option to keep your existing file or overwrite it.

Other Stream Recorders:

StreamRipper
(see list of Streamripper “frontends” for Mac/Win/Linux options. I’ve had good luck with XStreamRipper on the Mac.)