A 35-year-old computer programmer from Ottawa, Ontario has written a piece of software that allows XM radio subscribers to record digital radio directly onto their PCs. The software, called TimeTrax, marries the song information with an analog recording of the broadcast, then stores them as MP3 files on your hard drive complete with artist name and song title. As USA Today reported, the user can leave the software running unattended for hours and amass a vast library of songs. That 3am concert you used to sleep through is now yours!
The software can be found at nerosoft.com/TimeTrax.
A spokesman for the Recording Industry Association of America said his organization had not reviewed the software, but said that in principle it was disturbed by the idea. "We remain concerned about any devices or software that permit listeners to transform a broadcast into a music library," RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy said. The RIAA and XM are both busy figuring out if any copyright laws and user agreements have been broken.
Music labels fear that the convenience of the TimeTrax software will lead millions more to copy and distribute songs over file-sharing networks such as KaZaA and LimeWire. Keep in mind, media companies were dealt a blow last week when a U.S. federal appeals court ruled that online file sharing software companies in the spirit of the original Napster were not liable for acts of copyright infringement its users committed, as reported on Reuters. The cat and mouse game played by labels and music fans goes on.