Rogue Amoeba – developers of popular Mac Apps Airfoil, Audio Hijack Pro, and others – has released their first app specifically for the Mac App Store: Piezo.
If you are familiar with Rogue Amoeba’s work, you know that they specialize in broadcasting and recording audio from any source on your Mac. Airfoil allows you to send any audio from your computer to any AirPlay enabled device. Audio Hijack Prop can record and enhance any audio. Nicecast allows you to create your own internet radio station. And Piezo follows in their footsteps, allowing you to record any audio source on your computer in super simple fashion.
The developers describe their latest app like so:
“Using Piezo, you can record from almost any app on your Mac. Whether it’s web streams in Safari or music from services like Spotify and Rdio, you can record it with Piezo. Just select the desired source and press record to capture its audio.”
So, legal implications aside, Piezo is the perfect tool to record audio from your favorite YouTube videos, Pandora channels, or Spotify playlists. You control the quality, size, and name of the file. You can record to AAC or MP3. The Piezo Instructions note that AAC provides better audio quality for the file size, while MP3 is more widely supported. However, if you’re using a Mac, iPhone, or iPod, you’re definitely sailing in smooth waters when it comes to AAC.
It appears that Piezo safeguards itself from becoming a bulk Rdio or Spotify rip-off tool by not automatically splitting audio tracks when new songs begin. So if your dream is to set up a 25,000 song playlist on Spotify and get recording, you’ll have to manage each individual song and file. But for recording a quick clip off of YouTube, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more simple tool to get the job done.