New ‘AirPlay Recorder’ Mac app lets you save songs from iTunes Radio

By , Feb 17, 2014

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DoubleTwist, the maker of the popular doubleTwist Media Player and AirSync, the app that lets you wirelessly sync your iTunes data, has released a new app for the Mac today. It’s called AirPlay Recorder, and it’s designed to record audio using AirPlay.

The app first appeared on Android back in January, and it essentially tricks iTunes into thinking it is an AirPlay device so that it will start streaming music. From there it records audio—including that from Apple’s recently launched iTunes Radio service…

The app records the audio to a “Recorder” folder within the Music folder for offline playback. Recording audio is done in real time, and you’ll need to have a reliable Internet connection because AirPlay Recorder likes to frequently check recording quality.

So here’s the big question: is this legal? That’s tough to answer. My first thought is surely this can’t be legal, as it seems a lot like pirating to me—stealing a song without paying for it. But doubleTwist’s Monique Frantzos says recording has been around for years.

Here’s an excerpt from Frantzos’ interview with Engadget (via MacRumors):

“As for piracy or legal concerns? DoubleTwist has none. According to company Co-founder and President Monique Farantzos: “Recording has been around for decades, from audio cassettes (remember mix tapes?) to TuneIn radio’s recording feature. Given that Apple built their iPod empire on letting millions of people rip CDs based on fair use, we don’t see how they could object to this app.”

If you’re interested, you can find the AirPlay Recorder Mac app on the doubleTwist website for free. The free version is limited, allowing you to only record 10 second samples of songs, but you can unlock the full recording capabilities for just $9.99.

What do you make of this app? Do you think Apple will object to it?

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  • kommentelgeto

    Although it’s much harder, you can also record AirPlay audio streams by using AirServer, Soundflower and Audacity.

    Furthermore, you can download Shairport4w on Windows and use Audacity to capture the sound. That’s completely free.

  • Marcus

    This is cool. When I first saw the title of this post though I thought it said AirServer Recorder because a couple of days ago AirServer 5.0 came out.

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    They will object if it becomes popular very quickly

  • Framboogle

    This + iTunes Radio unlimited Cydia tweak = all the music you could want

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Nice idea, but this is offered by Super Recorder without the need for a separate device. BTW, what’s the difference in the end result if you just search MewSeek for the song?

    • xBoomBastiKx

      MewSeek doesn’t have iTunes sync

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Nothing stops me from transferring the song to my PC via Bluetooth (or iFunBox) OR simply add it to my Music app on my iPhone and listen to it.

  • Phil Randle

    I don’t really want a app like this, what i would prefer is if their was tweak, that would let me add a song I am listening to in iTunes Radio into rdio.