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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Internet radio offers a lot of great music and programming for free, but not all of it can be downloaded whenever you're ready to listen. Lifehacker reader Luke points us to a quick tutorial on setting up your Linux system to record radio or music while you're away using the free kcron, Mplayer, and Lame tools. It's fairly simple guide that leaves you with an MP3 of the program you were trying to catch. Windows recording enthusiasts can check out a similar guide for Windows Luke pointed us to, which requires a bit more command line work and tinkering. Thanks Luke!
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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!
If you've got gigabytes of music you want to play from a central server in your living room—without keeping a big ugly PC there—the Squeezebox network music player's for you. A Squeezebox is a shiny black box that plays the digital music saved in virtually any format on your computer over your home wireless network, plus thousands of internet radio stations.
Wired's How To Wiki serves up a compilation of web sites where you can hear music, whether streaming or downloaded, for free. The page-in-progress offers up the free and legal (including Last.fm and Deezer), the quasi-legal and the Pirate Bay variety. Check out our previous guide to finding free music, and feel free to drop your favourite free music sources in the comments.