The main attraction on podcasts is the automatic distribution mechanism of audio files and the possibilities it gives to allow users to listen to their favourite programmes when most convenient. But most of the podcast productions are not in the mainstream, and they are more like talk shows.
Magix, a company that specialis in photo, video, and audio software, has announced the Magix Webradio Recorder, which lets consumers record multiple radio shows and music, automatically name tracks, and burn them onto CD or DVD.
The software even lets users listen to earlier parts of the same radio show that are being recorded. According to The Radio Advertising Bureau in the US, adults spend an average of 3 hours a day listening to radio.
Webradio Recorder comes with an international selection of 2,000 preset radio channels and the ability to instantly add any Internet radio station.
The software has some smart track selection. For example if the user wants to record a song and press the Record button half way through it the program will use an active background recording cache that makes sure that each song is recorded from start to finish. There are also filters in place that allow users to include only selected artists or songs or exclude others.
An editing interface lets users correct and optimize recordings, by fixing chopped-off beginnings and ends, removing interspersed radio commentary and any crackling noises. Recordings can be converted into popular formats (OGG, MP3, WAV, and more), saved to mobile devices, or burned straight onto CD or DVD.
Available in retail stores from 15 September and online starting 18 August the software is priced at US$29.99.