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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Windows: If you've ever tried in vain to find a song you heard on a streaming internet radio station but didn't get to the song info in time, StreamWriter can help. The free Windows program can record multiple audio streams simultaneously and also features scheduled recordings, a wishlist of songs you want to record, and the ability to add songs to an ignore list.

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The CyberNet blog details an iTunes trick that expands the player's internet radio options beyond the Apple-controlled list installed by default. The basic method involves finding stations that broadcast in the .PLS, or playlist, format, at media aggregators like Shoutcast and adding them to their own playlists. It's similar to the method used to add .M3U-format stations to Front Row, but more suited to adding a few favourite streams rather than a host of search-able options. Have your own iTunes radio work-around? Let's hear it in the comments.

CyberNotes: Add Shoutcast Radio Streams to iTunes

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Mac OS X only: Free, open source application PandoraBoy pulls the popular streaming internet radio site Pandora out of your browser and integrates it with your Mac desktop. With features like global hotkeys, support for your Apple Remote, and even integration with Growl, PandoraBoy looks to be the ultimate Pandora companion for OS X. PandoraBoy is free, Mac OS X only. Windows users looking for a similar solution, check out PandoraBrowse or our bevy of other ways to get more from Pandora.

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Webapp Chilirec records streaming audio online through an easy-to-use online interface, then parses each recording for artist and track information for à la carte listening and downloading. When you sign up for Chilirec, you tell it the stations you want to record from a database of available options—you can't currently add your own, but one would expect this option in the future. Once the app gets up and running, you can browse and download any recording. We've covered several apps designed to record streaming audio from the likes of internet radio stations, but if you're at a computer where you can't install software or you just don't want to add another program to your start menu when you don't need to, Chilirec looks like a great solution.

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Web site globalPandora unlocks the popular web-based music discovery service, Pandora, for users outside of the United States. We've highlighted how to access Pandora by using web proxies, but globalPandora handles all the nitty- gritty for you so that all you need to do is point your browser to the globalPandora web site and start listening. Already a heavy Pandora listener? Check out 15 ways to get more from Pandora.

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Windows only: Free internet radio application Screamer Radio is a streamlined audio ripping solution with a bonus in the form of a huge library of new stations to discover. Load up a Shoutcast, Ogg Vorbis, WMA or AAC stream, listen while Screamer sits in your taskbar and click once to record directly to MP3 or Ogg formats. Those who already have a favourite ripping solution, such as StationRipper, might still want to download Screamer just to grab a few new stations to try from its extensive preset list. Screamer Radio is a free download for Windows 98 and higher, and it looks like it can be run off a USB thumb drive as well. Thanks, Dan!

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