Friday, January 25, 2013

How To Play TuneIn Radio Pro Recordings

TuneIn Radio Pro (Android app) makes recordings in whatever format (MP3, AAC, WMA, etc) a source streams in, but does not create legal container files, making recordings (deliberately) hard to play outside of TuneIn.

To determine the format of a given source, start a manual recording and note the format shown on the TuneIn screen.

To play a recording, copy the file from the TuneIn folder on the device to a computer, and rename the file to give it an appropriate file extension; e.g., .mp3 for MP3 audio. The file should now be playable with VLC Media Player. (See example in Comments.)

To play with other players less forgiving of file format issues, it will need to be converted with a tool like foobar2000 or Audacity.

UPDATES

  1. This method does not appear to work with WMA streams. See if MP3 stream is available.
  2. In same cases TuneIn makes a recording in multiple file segments, with additional segments named -001, -002, etc.
  3. VLC Media Player on a computer can be used to transcode a network stream on the fly to any desired format.
  4. As of version 10 (October 2013), recordings appear to have been moved from open storage to protected app storage, which can't be accessed without rooting the phone.

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    1. Checked with TuneIn Radio Pro 7.1, and this method DOES still work, so try these EXACT steps:
      1. Play station KALW (91.7 | KALW) in TuneIn.
      2. Select "64k MP3" stream (Menu > Options > Choose Stream).
      3. Start recording, wait, then stop recording.
      4. Copy recording file from TuneIn folder to computer by email.
      5. Rename recording file with ".mp3" extension.
      6. File opens properly in VLC media player 2.0.5, Audacity sound editor 2.0.3, foobar2000 1.2.4, etc.
      (It does NOT open properly in Quicktime Player or Windows Media Player.)

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    2. Try this:
      1: Record the radio
      2: plug phone into computer, open it up and find the recording in the 'tunein' folder.
      3: copy file to computer
      4: right click on file and open with VLC Media Player
      5: Enjoy.

      VLC also has an option to convert audio to other formats such as MP3

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  2. Yeah, it really work for me, thks, VLC player is the best ;)

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  3. I had to use audacity to correct whatever Tunein Radio did to the audio file. maybe they add something to the file header so the music player does not understand but VLC can correct on the fly without telling you.

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  4. I just made a recording, but nothing works. In TuneIn the recording is played very fast and on desktop I can't get it to work.

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    1. Try these EXACT steps:
      1. Play station KALW (91.7 | KALW) in TuneIn.
      2. Select "64k MP3" stream (Menu > Options > Choose Stream).
      3. Start recording, wait, then stop recording.
      4. Copy recording file from TuneIn folder to computer by email.
      5. Rename recording file with ".mp3" extension.
      6. File opens properly in VLC media player 2.0.5, Audacity sound editor 2.0.3, foobar2000 1.2.4, etc.
      (It does NOT open properly in Quicktime Player or Windows Media Player.)

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  5. thanks a lot man what u said is really working for me.

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  6. Mine does not work... Please help! I tryed many ways including exacly the steps you gave here but unsuccessfully.

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    1. Checked with TuneIn Radio Pro 7.1, and this method DOES still work, so try these EXACT steps:
      1. Play station KALW (91.7 | KALW) in TuneIn.
      2. Select "64k MP3" stream (Menu > Options > Choose Stream).
      3. Start recording, wait, then stop recording.
      4. Copy recording file from TuneIn folder to computer by email.
      5. Rename recording file with ".mp3" extension.
      6. File opens properly in VLC media player 2.0.5, Audacity sound editor 2.0.3, foobar2000 1.2.4, etc.
      (It does NOT open properly in Quicktime Player or Windows Media Player.)

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  7. version 7.1 of Tunein Radio Pro is not existed. The latest one is 4.0.

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    1. Tunein Radio Pro is now version 8.0 on Android.

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  8. Yes, but I'm using iPhone. The latest version for iPhone is 4.0. What can I do? Please help me.

    Thank you so much.

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  9. With recent iplayer stream recordings this method doesn't work anymore. Until now I've been able to record BBC Radio 1 and Radio 3 aac streams, copy the files to PC and add extention .acc and they play in VLC, but recent recording seem to have extra containers, possibly .mp4a which I can't extract. Now with version 8.0

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  10. With what versions of Tunein I can extract the recording ?? I'm on iphone using the latest version 4.0

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    1. This tip is about Android, not iPhone, apologies.

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  11. In Audacity audio editor, import, save as mp3.

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    1. Yes, but that transcodes the recording, which reduces audio quality, so it's best to play the original if possible.

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  12. In version 10 android they've now changed the folder and I can't find it.

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    1. Right you are. Looks like v10 has moved recordings from open storage to protected storage, so you can't access them without rooting your phone.

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  13. Thanks for your reply. My phone is rooted, I'll try agin to find it.

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    1. You may want to try ES File Explorer for root file operations.

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    2. so can you give the folder location? " protected app storage" is a bit vague.

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    3. I don't know the location. (Otherwise I would have listed it.)

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    4. Hi try

      system root/data/data/radiotime.player/cache then each recording is in a sperate folder with the extension tir

      Not sure what to do with them from here though.

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  14. I've got Root Explorer but it seems well hidden.

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  15. I have many recordings made with TuneIn Radio Pro of MP3 streams that I have copied to my computer and can, mostly, play with VLC. But I'd like to be able to edit these files or just convert them to a more standard mp3 container format without recoding. I am quite capable of using a hex editor on the headers, but I don't know where to find detailed information about the structure of the headers on TuneIn radio mp3 files.

    I've forgotten what I used to know about the structure of standard mp3 headers with ID3 tags, but I might be able to recover that knowledge by myself if I really have to. But I don't have the time or younger brain that would make it practical for me to figure out the TuneIn mp3 structure, so I'd appreciate any help I can get.

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    1. I think you can do this by streaming with VLC into an MP3 format file.

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  16. I have upgrade to Tunein Radio pro V11.1 and after the recording done, I can't find the file on my Android. It as a folder at /storage/sdcard0/Tunein Radio/, but it is empty ???? Help !!

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  17. Root /data /data /radiotime.player /cache
    i find archives in this local and need know what make now.

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  18. If you don't want to root your phone and want to revert back to a version prior to 10, and are worried about loosing your existing recordings, here is a simple way to get them off your phone:

    Just install Audacity on your PC
    set the line-in as your recording source
    run a patch cable from you Android headphone jack to your PC line in jack
    Press record on Audacity
    Press play in TuneIn for the given recording.

    Yes, it is a slow and putzy way to do things. but it allows you to backup what you have before reinstalling TuneIn. All that is left is to find an apk for version 9. I'll that to you.

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    1. I found a copy of it online and it's i think version 8.(something i forgotten) and

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  19. I have root have any that I can make for use music in another player. But using just Android? Or I need one PC anyway?

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  20. how can i transfer a recording from my ipad to the iMac? I have completed a sync to iTunes but cannot find the file.

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