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A stream recorder is a software program used to save streaming media, such as music or video, and store it locally as a file. The process itself is referred to as destreaming. A stream recorder allows the user to save digital content that could otherwise only be consumed via streaming.
A stream recorder is also called a stream ripper.
The stream recorder saves streaming media differently depending on the stage in the process at which the user is attempting to capture the data. There are three recording methodologies: