FUN iPOD TRICKS
Four ways to extend the usefulness of your
digital music player. By Wei-Meng Lee
I’m constantly amazed by how versatile the iPod
really is. It’s more than just a music player; it’s
an information device. Not only can you use your
iPod to play music from your favorite singer or
band, you can use it to listen to radio recordings,
“audio weblogs” (known as podcasts), and more.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of
your iPod, including how to manipulate the files
Tip #1 — Recording Internet Radio
You’ve seen many FM radio transmitters designed for the iPod, but you haven’t seen (though
you may have heard of) radio receivers for the
iPod. For whatever reasons, you’re unlikely to see
FM radio receivers for your iPod anytime soon.
So what do you do if you want to listen to radio
broadcasts using your iPod?
Fortunately, internet radio broadcasting is
making radio broadcasts accessible, especially if
you want to tune in overseas. To listen to radio on
your iPod, you need to save the radio broadcast
on your Mac and then copy it onto your iPod.
My favorite tool for this is Oleg Kibirev’s RadioRecorder (
html), a free application released under the GNU
General Public License, Version 2.
Using the RadioRecorder is straightforward:
simply type the URL of the broadcasting station
and you’re ready to record. The radio program is
recorded as an MP3 file, and MP3s are relatively
large, so you need to be sure you have sufficient
disk space on your Mac before you do the actual
recording. From my experience, one minute of
recording takes up approximately 1MB of disk
space, so budget for it.
The RadioRecorder also allows you to program
it to record at a specific time (see Figure 1). One
thing — you have to keep the application open or
it won’t record. It can split the songs broadcasted
into different files, provided the radio stations
send the titles of the songs they play.
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Figure 1. Using the RadioRecorder
Best of all, the RadioRecorder automatically links
with i Tunes so that the radio recordings can be
copied to your iPod the next time you connect
your iPod to your Mac (see Figure 2).
Figure 2. Viewing the recorded radio broadcast in i Tunes
Tip #2 — Podcasting
Podcasting is a new term associated with weblogs.
Increasingly, media files besides the usual
text and graphics are found in weblogs. RSS