How to Record Internet Radio Onto a PC Hard Drive


Your computer's recording software normally picks up input from your microphone. Even when you play music through your speakers, such as from an Internet radio station, your program continues to use your microphone, ignoring audio from your sound card. You can edit your audio settings to record anything you hear through your speakers, enabling you to record Internet radio music and programs. The audio will be saved to your PC's hard drive so you can listen to it repeatedly while offline.

  • Right-click the screen's lower left corner, and click "Control Panel" to open the Control Panel.

  • Click "Hardware and Sound" and then click "Manage Audio Devices" to open the Sound dialog box.

  • Click the "Recording" tab. Right-click "Microphone" and click "Show Disabled Devices" to reveal an option labeled "Stereo Mix."

  • Right-click "Stereo Mix" and click "Enable" and then click "Set as Default Device."

  • Right-click "Microphone," then "Properties." Click the "Listen" tab and click the check box labeled "Listen to this device," and then click "OK."

  • Open your browser and launch the radio station.

  • Open your audio recording software, such as Window's Sound Recorder. Click the "Record" button to record the audio stream.

Tips & Warnings

  • Recording from conventional radio is legal. Individual Internet stations may restrict users from recording audio. Consult the Internet radio station's specific terms of use.

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