Note - this approach is all about quantity over quality. I'm looking for a way to have some tunes with me while on the occasional flight or metro trip - I'm not looking to put together a high quality music library.
- Download the latest version of Real Player
- Pick some radio stations to be your music source. Here are some stations to try: Groove Salad, Radio Crazy Opera and Radio Country Club
- Using the suggestion here, record a couple hours of your preferred radio stations.
- Download an mp3 splitting program. My preferred is mp3splt. It zipped through my gigantic mp3 files without breaking a sweat.
- Run a series of commands to split up the big recording you've made into smaller, more manageable, chunks:
cd /cygdrive/c/Users/ben/Videos/RealPlayer Downloads/ mkdir slices mp3splt.exe -t 7.0 -d slices RadioCountryClub6.mp3
In this case, I'm splitting the above file into 7 minute chunks. This is hardly elegant, as it will cut songs off before they are complete. But for my purposes, this should be fine.
- Download a program to set mp3 tags. This will allow you to add various bits of information to the files, such as the Genre, or Artists. I used massid3lib to set the genre (Country), artist (Radio Country Club) and album (RCC, Apr 3rd) on 30 files at once.
- Copy the split up .mp3 files to your mp3 player
- Listen and enjoy!
Ahh....music on my Sidekick Slide...