Best way to timeshift FM radio?
January 10, 2012 11:44 AM Subscribe
How can I best record over-the-air FM radio broadcasts to listen to later?
posted by kristi to computers & internet (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to time-shift a couple of FM radio broadcasts I enjoy; I'm often away from radio when they're on.
I currently have an ancient PC with a Leadtek WinFast card that works okay. However, the PC is on its last legs and probably won't see the end of 2012, and various things about the WinFast card are flaky and annoying.
I also have a Cowon D2 device, which receives and records FM radio, but output formats are limited and there's no timer option. (Also, reception isn't great.)
I've been looking at Radio Shark and similar devices, but they don't seem to be made or supported much these days.
The ideal solution would probably be a USB device I could plug into my iMac, but I haven't seen anything like that (aside from the possibly flaky, no longer supported Radio Shark).
I could also consider replacing the dying PC; if I did that, a dual-boot Windows/Linux solution would be much preferred over the single-boot Windows setup I have now.
* over-the-air FM radio recording
* decent reception
* ease of use, minimum of fuss, and reliability are huge bonuses
So: what are my best options for automatically time-shifting these radio shows? Details, specific products, and any other specifics you can think of would be much appreciated.