Vemedio has released Snowtape (http://www.snowtape.com/) for Mac OS
X. It enables users to listen and record live internet radio with the
touch of one button. Snowtape provides a interface that enables the
user to search, sort and organize radio stations and recorded audio
Snowtape is able to store thousands of radio stations. Users can
search for a particular station add it to the list and sort by, for
example, genre and bandwidth. They can also be marked as favorites.
Snowtape is able to cut the recordings at audio track boundaries
automatically and it identifies potential commercials or interludes.
With the built-in track editor users can cut out any interfering
When exporting to iTunes the audio track is encoded to high quality
AAC audio and saved right onto an iTunes playlist. Album artwork and
track titles are automatically exported as iTunes Audio Tags and get
incorporated directly into the audio track during export.
Snowtape can import .PLS and .M3U internet playlist files as well as
.Webloc URL files. Users can also provide Snowtape playlist or stream
URLs. It checks every URL and only imports those that work. What’s
more, Snowtape also understands media coming directly from iTunes.
This means users can easily import a radio station onto Snowtape by
dragging them over from the iTunes radio list, says Martin Hering,
founder of Vemedio.
Vemedio partners with Last.fm to give users the bonus of album
artwork and additional album metadata. In most cases, Snowtape can
download this information automatically. Alternatively, a “Get Album
Info” button searches and adds any album info and cover artwork
Snowtape is available for US$29. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later.