How to save a Real audio stream using only freeware

On more than one occassion I have found myself with a need to save a Real audio stream from a web site. Each time I have had to browse through multiple web sites to find a working solution. This is how I managed to do it last time around.

  1. Download and install FlashGet (http://www.flashget.com/index_en.htm)
  2. Copy audio stream URL (ending with .ram) from the web browser
  3. Create a new download in FlashGet using the URL taken from the previous step
  4. Run the download job to get the Real audio file
  5. Download and install Switch (http://www.nch.com.au/switch/)
  6. Use Switch to convert the Real audio file to the desired format

If required, use an application such as Mp3splt (http://mp3splt.sourceforge.net) to split the file into manageable parts.

All of the above applications are free to download and use.