Shifting From File Sharing To Stream Ripping?

from the is-that-really-happening? dept

MusicLover writes “As users continue to try fending off the ever more litigious music industry, some seem to have dropped P2P entirely, moving to Ripping instead.? While they loose some control over what they are downloading, it’s a untraceable way to download music (no way for the RIAA to track users or sue).? With some of the more powerful software that’s been coming out recently, stream ripping has become more main-stream. Some of the more well known software packages, like StationRipper, allow users to download several thousand songs on a daily basis.? And, depending on how you read the law, it’s 100% legal.? How will the RIAA respond?? As more users move to this type of technology to avoid the P2P lawsuits, how will the music industry respond?” Well, some of the comments are a bit misleading. It’s not clear just how mainstream this technology really is, and it’s certainly not nearly as user friendly for users as basic file sharing applications. The idea is that it records songs directly from streaming radio stations (though, right now, it looks like only certain kinds of streaming radio stations work with the software). Also, copying a song off the radio (which is this basically equivalent to) often involves a lower quality offering with songs cutting into each other, DJs talking over the music and other radio-related reasons why it’s not the same as getting a full track.

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Jon says:


i’ve been using rippers for a while now. i’ve actually been using less P2P apps on a daily basis, as rippers can’t be tracked (read: no law suit) and i kinda like just getting a wide amount of music to listen to and not have to troll though collections or know what i’m looking for. i’m also not sure how main stream they are at this point, even though i imagine some people are moving to them for the same reason i do.

good point here, on the songs you get aren’t always 100% perfect, depending on the stream operator (some are, some are close, some are way off). if i end up with a song i just really have to have that’s on the “way off” side of things, i usually use a P2P app to find it, or just edit the mp3 file (sitch the last and cur song together, or something like that)

i’m not sure about the ease of use – some of the newer ones are really simple to use. just click on the streams you want, it does it’s thing. come back a couple of days later and you have a few thousand new tracks. ‘course i admit i was initially confused – you gotta wait for a bit to actually have a complete song (hehe, i thought it was broken for the first few mins).

->jon w.

Anonymous Coward says:

Station Pracitces

Having noticed that most stations never stream complete, unadulterated tunes I asked several station managers for the reason. While a few tried to claim that they do it to somehow please their listeners (huh?), most admitted that their listeners don’t like it but they do it anyway to please the record industry.

Anonymous Coward says:


legit uses for these rippers is also TiVO for radio – i.e. you can record the radio whilst at work, and listen to it later (for those of us who aren’t allowed music at work).

I’ve heard of lots of problems with the beginning/end of songs being cut-off, so DJ’s talking etc; which begs the question why don’t these things rip to .WAVe so you can edit it without quality loss (I guess disk space is the answer)?

suprised says:

guess the story has to come out sometime

i wonder how long the technology has been out? ive been stream ripping for at least 6 months, and i dont run into any trouble at all, because my taste in music is such that i dont have to contend with the nazis of pop music with all these said tactics of not streaming %100 of songs and such. If you listen to old rock and eclectic stuff, the audio quality doesnt matter. 56k all day long for me is great…. and , i used this free program called dbpoweramp to reconvert some of the ripped streams i keep on my laptop drive down to 24k and for certain music its just fine! but instead of a 3 megabyte song its a 300-400 kilobyte song!

for audio quality, i go for 128 and a above. 320 is nice but imo overkill. theres plenty of 190 and 128 on the shoutcast page…

why listen to streams that run commercials? id rather send the station owners money.

like dr yo internet radio.

Bob Thedino says:

Re: Slashdot rippig off

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s13g3 says:

Re: Re: Re: Slashdot ripping off

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eskayp says:

Re: Re: Slashdot rippig off

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A good variety of views on a variety of tekkie topics.
I won’t put any of them down:
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