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doubleTwist iTunes Radio Recorder

A clever use of AirPlay gives you offline access to streamed music

With the existence of Rdio, Spotify, Google Play Music and Pandora, there's really no need for iTunes radio on your Android device. But what if you could download tracks directly from iTunes Radio to play back later? Well-known music app makers doubleTwist have just released an app in the Play Store, iTunes Radio Recorder, that does just that.

The process is pretty simple — launch iTunes on your PC or Mac, start playing iTunes Radio and launch the new iTunes Radio Recorder app on your phone. Your phone will then show up as an AirPlay device, and once you select it from iTunes on your computer it will begin to download every track that is played in real time.

After each track is finished streaming, you'll have a music file that is ready for offline listening from any music app of your choice — though we bet doubleTwist wishes you'd use their own. By default you get a 32 Kbps track that frankly sounds bad, but you can unlock high-quality AAC recording with a $4.99 in-app purchase.

We're not sure of the issues doubleTwist may run into with Apple going forward, but for what it does the tool seems to work just fine and can be an option for those who listen to iTunes Radio on the desktop and want to save those tracks for later. Hit the Play Store link above to grab a download.

 
There are 35 comments

sting7k says:

Very clever but the next iTunes update will end this for sure.

Good point. Palm lost that war when it tried to sync with iTunes.

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Dirtman16 says:

Yeah, I give it a couple of weeks max.

icebike says:

Google this phrase (quotes and all)
"record itunes radio"

There are a bazillion ways to do it. This is nothing new.

10 cents says a cease-and-desist letter with an Apple logo on it is already on the way to doubleTwist's mailbox.

Incitatus says:

+1

fillossofer says:

Make it a dollar

Gator352 says:

Yeah, I'm sure Apple will be all over this like jelly on peanut butter.

BUT, I'm sure everyone knows the terms of service when it comes to iTunes and other radio streaming services. If it doesn't expressly say that streaming music can be "saved" to listen to at another time or on another device and vice versa, it's breaking said terms of service and SOME would call it stealing. Just sayin'.

Don't flame me, cause in all honesty, I could care less...

icebike says:

You probably meant to say you couldn't care less.

Gator352 says:

Sorry :)

drdeath91 says:

Maybe I don't understand this fully, but how is this not piracy?

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icebike says:

It is, and usually AC doesn't go in for promoting that.
I was surprised to see this mentioned here.

That being said, a quick google will show a dozen different itunes radio recording methods out there so its not something that seems to get Apple's attention. Truth is, if you can play it, you can record it.

Gator352 says:

It will get their attention if and when it becomes a hit on their bottom line.

I was surprised to see this too. I don't condone piracy in any way and it's no wonder we pay out the ass to listen/buy music.

In fact, just because you can play it, doesn't mean you can record it legally. There are radio stations out there that broadcast only in digital in an analog shell that blocks the recording of the music being played.

Pirate Arr says:

Yea, and just because you buy it doesn't make it yours from not being able to mod or jailbreak your device and choose whether to have bloatware, or buying digital music or a movie or an app and having it later disappear making that money you spent on those applications or media down the drain. While I don't care about piracy, its also companies fault who are driving piracy. Nothing digital is ours, I wonder if anybody reads the terms and conditions lol.

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sentinelred says:

Like so many others I borrowed and copied CDs from friends to my computer growing up, and recorded music on to cassettes directly from the radio. Kind of ridiculous to call this piracy with that perspective.

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glazedfaith says:

Exactly. Piracy implies distribution. This is no different than recording a song onto a cassette from FM radio.

icebike says:

Piracy does not necessarily imply distribution.

fillossofer says:

Some of us might remember the days when you'd record songs off the radio onto audio cassettes. You'd be pissed if the announcer wouldn't shut up at the beginning, or cut in before the end of the song. I can't recall there ever being talk of that being piracy, and this is pretty much the same thing, no?

darigaaz12 says:

That's the beginning stages of where piracy really began with music. Wasn't anything to really compare it to. It's been getting easier ever since (while they attempt to make it harder and harder)

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quibbles says:

Actually there was talk of it being piracy at the time.

A big campaign was "Home taping is killing music" with a tape and crossbones logo. That's where the term piracy for copying music came from. The logo has been re-used since to show that it didn't kill music after all and perhaps the music companies were being over protective.

It should be interesting to note that concurrently with the "Home tape is killing music" campaign, manufacturers of cassette tape paid a portion of sales of blanks to music rights holders, to compensate for the "loss" of revenue from home taping of broadcasts and records. Of course it assumed that if you didn't home copy (from an LP or radio) you'd buy a licensed copy, and not skip acquiring the recording altogether. This transfer of income from blanks continued into the recordable CD era (but only those blank discs labeled "MUSIC").

elvisgp says:

As a guy that usually only listens too rock music, I was surprised when I liked some of lorde's music. It's different than the other pop songs out there.

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alfiej says:

It's a good album. And I listen to mostly rap.

Ytown says:

Can you do this with songs you purchased on iTunes?

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TwisterDroid says:

This works with any audio content, including iTunes songs, podcasts, etc. It's just a different way to save and sync audio to your Android.

retsaw says:

Why would you need to?

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ITunes music has no DRM anyways. If you bought it you can just transfer to your phone or any other device without issue.

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MartyDel says:

What a tool...

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Pirate Arr says:

Awesome honestly, not worth it at all. Everyone gets free music, to buy something and get free music that anybody can get for free is honestly someone looking to make a quick buck.

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photopaul65 says:

Agreed, since I started using Slacker and Spotify (both on the free plan) I haven't hardly played any of my saved/ripped music. Every once in a while I'll crave a specific song, or I'll pull up an old alternative playlist to get me through mowing the yard, but that's a rare occasion. When setup properly, the variety is so good that I never feel I'm missing out.

Cubfan says:

And then use iTunes Match, and you own the songs in their native form. Such a deal. :-)

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alfiej says:

I love that Lorde album.

sentinelred says:

Its a good thing Apple wasn't on the radio when people recorded music from the radio onto cassette tapes. They would have sued everyone who made a radio/cassette tape player.

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ajftl says:

Have to play the whole song récords while it plays. No thank u to slow

ITunes Radio is just scrambled songs not complete albums anyways. I think the idea is to set Radio to a station you like and just record for a few hours or something onto your phone.

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