Take the floor - technical question

Anselm Lingnau

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Oliver Thinius <xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xx> writes:

> Has anybody got any idea if it is possible to download the (Take the
> Floor) radio stream from the BBC website as one batch to store and
> re-play it at one's own convenience rather than having to listen
> on-line (with the on-line cost running)?

You can't download the broadcasts any faster than »real time« since you
need to go through the RealAudio server (using a RealAudio client
program). However it is possible to record the resulting digital audio
stream on disk as a WAV file, while it is being downloaded/played. I do
this and then use a CD premastering program to remove extraneous bits,
put in track marks etc., before I dump them to CD-ROM for archival. If
you leave out the »dance diary« and possibly one of the ubiquitous Gay
Gordons or Eva Three-Steps a whole broadcast fits neatly on an 80-minute
CD-ROM blank. (As for cost, I'm paying EUR 15 for 100 hours of online
time per month, which is more than enough for »Take the Floor«, e-mail,
Usenet news, Web browsing, Strathspey server management et cetera with
time to spare, thank you very much.)

> As this might not be exactly what BBC wants I am not asking this
> wuestion directly to Radio Scotland but hope for replies from people
> with more web-experience than I have got.

The tricky bit is fooling the RealAudio client into writing the audio
data to disk instead of/as well as to the sound card. I have Linux
software which will do this; please don't ask me how to do it on Windows
since I wouldn't know, anyway (life is too short to waste any part of it
on Microsoft software).

Here in Germany it is (still) perfectly legal for private citizens to
record radio broadcasts, so I'm not worried about what BBC may or may
not think. Actually I'm even paying for the privilege since there is a
mandatory levy on CD-ROM blanks which goes to GEMA (the German
equivalent of MCPS).

Anselm

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