Capturing Streaming Music

For : MEPIS Linux

by : je.saist

Well, this is one doozy of a guide.  This one covers both using XMMS and using kstreamripper. Anyways, lets get started on ripping some music to our drives.



1:  First thing we need is a stream to capture from. Lets open up a browser, this guide is using Mozilla, and head for http://www.shoutcast.com





2: Once at shoutcast, pretty much surf around to find a stream you want to listen to.





3: Once you've found a station you like, click on tune in





4: Nice thing about Mozilla, it automatically opens up XMMS and puts the stream into the playlist.





5: For some reason, the playlist hid the file player, so I had to move it down. To the top left of XMMS you should see a line of letter. O  A  I  D  U

Click on O





6: This is the system link for XMMS.





7: Click on Preferences





8: Once the preferences opens up, the Audio I/O Plugins tab should be at the top. Look down the list for MPEG Layer 1/2/3 Player





9: Once the MPEG Player plugin is selected, click Configure





10: Once the configuration box opens, click on STREAMING





11: Under the Streaming tab should be an option to Save Streams to Disk. Put a Check in the box and click on browse.





12: Right now the browse is pointed to Music





13: If XMMS starts at / (root), click on home





14: then click on /username





15: and then go down to music





16: Once Music is selected, hit OK





17: Once the folder selected for Streams is chosen, make sure the Shoutcast/IceCast icons are checked.

Then Hit OK





18: Hit OK again.





19: You may have to hit the Stop Button, then Play to get the stream save started.

Anyways, open up Personal Files





20: Once Personal Files are open, click on Music





21: Looks like the stream is being saved.





While XMMS is a servicable stream catcher, there is another tool that can be used, Kstream ripper.


22: Goto the K-menu and go up to Applications





23: Click on Browse All





24: Then on Apps





25: Under Apps, go down to Sound and open up KstreamRipper





26: Now the KStreamRipper app should open. Click on the button that say Add Stream





27: Now to get our stream. Go back to XMMS




28: Right click on the file in XMMS, and choose View File Info





29: There's our URL. Copy the URL.





30: Copy the URL into the URL of Stream.





31: Now is a good time to make sure the URL's match





32: Finish filling out the Name and Description sections. Then hit OK





33: Now the Stream is ready to be ripped. Click on Rip Stream






34: Kstreamripper will now ask for a destination. choose the Music folder and hit OK

Just as a small note, you may want to create a stream folder in Konqueror if you have lots of music saved.

Hit Okay to Rip




This is where the guide deviates from other guides.  Somehow I got both Kstreamripper and XMMS to pull the Shoutcast song titles, and I have no idea how I did so. These steps will get you the music, but in one big format.

Once I figure out how in the world the programs split the music by title, I'll update the guide.


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