A python program for recording Internet radio streams and saving them for later listening
timeshift is a python program for recording Internet radio streams and saving them for later listening (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeshifting). This is “fair use” of the copyrighted material that is being broadcast and is perfectly legal as long as the files are not made publicly available.
$ easy_install timeshift $ cat << EOF > timeshift.conf [DEFAULT] basedir = /tmp baseurl = http://localhost/tmp [NPR] title = "National Public Radio" url = http://npr.ic.llnwd.net/stream/npr_live24 duration = 60 feedfile = npr.atom EOF $ python timeshift.py NPR
The simplest installation method is to use Python’s easy_install or pip to install the package from PyPI:
pip install timeshift
To install from source, you can clone the project from BitBucket:
hg clone https://bitbucket.org/nmb/timeshift
timeshift uses a configuration file by default named timeshift.conf in the current directory. To specify a different file use the --config=FILE option. The configuration file specifies a global location and URL:
[DEFAULT] basedir = /tmp baseurl = http://localhost/tmp
where basedir is the local directory where files will be saved and baseurl is the URL where those files can be accessed.
Each source is specified by a separate stanza in the configuration file:
[NPR] title = "National Public Radio" url = http://npr.ic.llnwd.net/stream/npr_live24 duration = 60 feedfile = npr.atom
where title is a long name for source, url is the location to record from, duration is the time in seconds to record, and feedfile is the name of the file in basedir to write an Atom feed to (for use with podcasting software).
The url for the source is the location from which to download the stream. This can often be found by downloading the MP3 playlist of the stream and looking for the File1 value inside.
Simply run the timeshift.py script with the name of the section that you wish to record: python timeshift.py NPR. That will record for the specified number of seconds to a suitably named file in basedir and will add that file to the specified Atom feed in the same directory.
To record at regular intervals, use the cron facility under Unix. For example, to record at 17:00 every saturday you could use the crontab line:
# m h dom mon dow command 0 17 * * SAT python /path/to/timeshift.py --config=/path/to/timeshift.conf NPR
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