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Mac: Raw 1.0 Released

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, November 4, 2003
News Categories: Mac Software

RAW enables you to surf and record Net audio to MP4-AAC. You can record multiple BBC radio streams, Hollywood movie trailer soundtracks and news webcasts at the same time! Recorded files are iPod compatible. RAW offers AppleScript support for third party developers.

License: Shareware $20
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or later, QuickTime 6.2 or later, Safari 1.0 or later, Real One Player.

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1

Anyone know if a similar app is available for Windows platform??

Posted by Jennifer on November 4, 2003 at 8:29 AM (PDT)

2

I already have this working, and with video as well. I use J River’s Media Center.

http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter/

I use Media Center’s Scheduler (a TIVO-like software device) to record audio and video streams from the cable, FM/AM/SW, and XM.

With the Media Server, I can download or stream my selected media from any Internet location. So when I go travelling in Asia I can use the Internet to watch whatever shows Media Center has recored. They stay on the hard disk in my home in DC but my Media Center client can stream them to any internet-connected PC.

But if I am local to my PC, I do a morning sync with my ArchosAV (upgraded to 80GB). Any stuff I want to demo or present I either pipe directly into a projector or VCR, or sync back onto PCs. During the day, I resync with Media Scheduler using the Internet to bring the ArchosAV up to date with the recorded audio streams.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00009XFVT/

Then I have all the media I might want to monitor during the day (I work in politics, it’s a godsend!). While the Archos can hold several hundred hours, I usually only get to scan a few hours a day - some I keep, most I delete.

I couldn’t do this easily with either iTunes or the iPod, because the built-in DRM and lack of recording technologies and easy syncing would be too restrictive. Believe me, I’ve tried! But it’s too much work.

One last benefit I value is Media Center’s ability to record and transcode between formats. So I can take video, extract the audio, and re-encode it as Ogg or low-bitrate MP3. And so on. Nothing comes close to Media Center for unifying my media needs.

Posted by ArchosAV on November 4, 2003 at 10:48 AM (PDT)

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I forgot to add, of course Media Center works with the iPod as well. But with its limited support for playback formats and lack of video playback, it can’t really satify my purposes.

You’d be surprised how much media is in Real Video or WMA formats. Of course, with Media Center I could autopmatically transcode them into Quicktime, DIVX, MP3, or AAC, but that’s an extra time-consuming step. If all you are doing is listening to stuff though then I suppose the iPod would work as a playback device.

Posted by ArchosAV on November 4, 2003 at 10:52 AM (PDT)

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