I use a couple of bit torrent clients to grab the shows. The one I
like the best is Azureus (now Vuze) which can be found here:
Downloaded files are usually in either FLAC or SHN format, which are
lossless compression formats. I think you have to convert them to WAV files
before you can burn them to CD or rip them to MP3, etc., at least that's how I do it.
The conversion programs I use are from
. I use
Flacfrontend and MKWAct. These convert Flac and Shn files (to WAV),
All of these tools are free.
I find the shows I want on these sites:
So, the process is:
1. Go to one of the 3 sites above (you may have to "join" one of them,
but it is free and without obligation), find a show you want, then
download the torrent file to your local drive (right click, save as).
Torrent files are small and take seconds to download.
2. Open Azureus and then use it to open the torrent file saved in step
1. The show's files will download to wherever you tell Azureus to put
them. It will make a new sub-folder named after the downloaded torrent
file. These names tend to include artist names or initials and
performance date, e.g., bromberg1980-05-08flac
3. Once the files have finished downloading (they will change into the
lower Azureus window) you fire up Flacfrontend to decode Flacs, or
select and right-click them if they are Shns and select "decode to
wav" and convert all of the files. Depending on which tools you
grabbed, the conversion details will vary, but they are all easy to
4. Burn them to CD. Nero probably came on your PC. It works fine. The
files will typically have names that will contain a string to indicate
where they go, e.g. D1T1 (disc 1, track 1) so that the songs end up in
order. Make sure you burn a "music CD" and not a "data CD". or your CD
player won't know what to do with it.
5. Now that you have them on CD, you can either stop there and enjoy
the CDs, or rip the files from the CDs into MP3s for your iPod or
similar. I use iTunes (free from http://www.Apple.com
) to do this, because it
also manages the files for my iPod. You may want to delete the
downloaded files from your hard drive as you will fill it up quickly
I hope you find this useful. Once you have the tools installed, it is
a pretty painless process.
Such a long, long time to be gone, and a short time to be there...