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How to record streaming music, FaceTime calls, Skype audio and much more for free

It can be argued that piracy is the scourge of the Internet. But when it comes to music, sometimes it's better to listen to a song or album before deciding to spend the hard-earned money to keep it going.

Unfortunately, there are few good ways to do this without explicitly breaking the law, but I recently discovered a new concept for recording tracks from various services, including Google, Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, and others.

With Piezo by Rogue Amoeba, you won't have to download torrents, use a friend's username or any other solution. Piezo is a simple audio recorder that allows you to select any of the applications on your Mac to record any audio produced.

This means that you can easily turn it on and start recording audio from any website. Although technically it is a gray area in terms of legality, when recording music, it is still better than the other method mentioned above.

If music isn't your thing, you can always use Piezo to record Skype calls, presentations, conference calls, and much more, without system sounds being embedded in tracks.

Step 1: Download and install Piezo

Piezo is not hosted on the Mac App Store, so you will need to download the linked ZIP file below, extract it, and then move it to the Applications folder. If you receive an error when opening the application for the first time, make sure you have allowed the installation of applications from unidentified developers on your Mac.

Please note that the free version of this application only allows you to record 10 minutes of clear audio per recording. After that, a layer of noise will be added to your recording. If you need more than 10 minutes of recording, you can purchase the full Piezo license for $ 19.

Step 2: Record your target application

With Piezo installed and running, you can use its drop-down menu to select the application you want to record. If the application is already running, you will be asked to run it again.

After selecting the application, press the record button, and then play audio from the source application. Touch the record button again to stop recording and use the magnifying glass icon to locate the file on your hard drive.

Step 3: Edit audio with iTunes

The only problem with recording this way is the fraction of a second of dead air at the beginning and end of recordings: the time it takes to press the record button to play audio, and then again the time It takes from the end of the track to stop recording.

Fortunately, you can use iTunes to edit the track. Open the audio file with iTunes, right-click and select Get Info. On the Options tab, view start and stop fields that can be adjusted to match the correct start and stop times.

Once you have set the time to the correct values, you can save your changes and create a new file by right-clicking on the edited track and selecting Create AAC File (the file type may be different in your iTunes depending import settings).

You should now have a clear and complete copy of any song you find anywhere on the web.