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Pirating music

Record music from iTunes Radio on your Android phone for free


The doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder is a new Android app that allows you to record music by streaming to your phone or tablet using Apple’s AirPlay. The app records the music in real time so if you’re looking to record something lengthy, for example the 10 minute 34 second long ‘Strobe’ by Deadmau5, you’ll be forced to wait out all 634 seconds of it.

We spoke to Paul Jacobson of web.tech.law* about the copyright issues surrounding the app. According to him, South African law prevents you from creating a personal archive (ie a recording) of music which would render the recordings as illegal.

After trying it out at htxt.africa HQ we were blown away by just how poor the app actually is. We suspect it has something to do with this statement on its Google Play page :

“The AirPlay protocol is susceptible to packet loss and the app will only save a track if a perfect recording was made. Make sure your Android device and router have good WiFi performance (5GHz band is recommended).”

After seven attempts with two iPhones, a PC and a Mac all trying to stream to a Galaxy S3 and a Sony Xperia Z1 on two separate WiFi networks we hadn’t produced a successful recording. God news for those not wanting to infringe on the letter of the law then.

By default the doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder app outputs files at a rather lowly bit rate of 32Kbps but it does offer the option to purchase the ability to record in a high bit rate variable AAC format for $5 (R55). When it comes to bit rate for music a good rule of thumb to follow is that the higher the number the better the quality of the music file. Wikipedia’s entry on bit rate even goes so far as stating that “32 kbit/s – (is) generally acceptable only for speech”.

The app is easy enough to use:

  1. Connect your Android device to the same WiFi network as your PC or Mac
  2. Push the record button on your Android device
  3. Select “dT Recorder” from the AirPlay device list in iTunes on your Mac/PC
  4. Let the song play

doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder

 

*Note: web.tech.law is based in the same office space as htxt.africa

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