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The Last Ripper

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Do you love listening to your favorite tunes on Last.FM but wish there was a way to store the songs on your local hard drive?  Today we take a look at The Last Ripper which is a cross platform utility that allows you to record Last.FM songs and cover art to your computer.

Installation is quick and easy and it is brought to you under the GNU General Public License.

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To begin using The Last Ripper you will need to log into your Last.FM account.


Now you can start recording your favorite tunes from Last.FM.  To begin with I started recording songs from my personal profile but you can select from Artists, Neighbourhood, Playlists, etc.


Click on the URL tab to find different feeds to tune in to or type in a custom one.


Songs and cover art are saved in your My Music folder.

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Another cool feature is uploading the recorded tracks to a music locker at MP3tunes so you can listen to your music anywhere there is an Internet connection.



This project is still under development so expect a few bugs and I was not able to get it to work on a 64-bit Windows system.  There is a version for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.

Note:  Recording online radio streams may not be legal in your area make sure to check your local laws.  Also make sure to read The Last Ripper Legal Notice.


Download The Last Ripper for Windows, Mac, and Linux [discontinued]

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 07/14/09

Comments (6)

  1. ProstheticHead

    I love it. Long live GNU!!

  2. Rick Brown

    I don’t know if this qualifies as a “friendly comment”…let’s call it “friendly criticism”. Advertising this “Last Ripper” rip-off program is not helpful. You can look at Danish law, or German law, or Polish law, or US law, but even if you can nit-pick your way to a good conscience, the truth is that you are ripping the internet stream to avoid buying the CD or song. Making this easy with “Last Ripper” and advertising this capability on the How-To Geek pisses off the music industry, which then wants to run Last.FM and the rest of internet radio out of business. Last spring they almost did it, jacking the price per song up so high that internet radio companies couldn’t stay in business. A public outcry slowed them down, and they have just reached an agreement that raises prices but not so much…but it has *not* been finalized, and it can be dropped for the original jack-up. I’m not defending the music industry or the rip-off types, but How-To Geek should look around before posting anything that requires all those legal disclaimers. You need to ask, will your posting make things worse?

    Otherwise, keep up the good work. :-)

  3. Daniel Spiewak

    To my great surprise, this is actually legal in a number of countries, including the United States. The trick seems to be that you can only do this for personal use. If you share the MP3s with anyone outside your immediate family, then you will be subject to prosecution.

  4. Dan

    I think this should be legal everywhere. It is no different than recording the radio to cassette tapes…. does that make me sound old?

  5. CrazyBishnoi

    I agree Dan; B’coz Everyone in the world has not enough resources to buy every song one liked…..
    or may be song played is so called “antique”…
    Then sometimes it is necessary to copy some music from here and there………
    Also, everyone knows that world population is increasing like hell… as there will be more genuine lovers so it makes no effect on music industry.
    also,,,, if we black list the sources of pirated stuff,,, then we may need countless pages to list them all…….
    so don’t worry about these disclaimers and Happy Geeking…………

  6. Ryan

    I wish they had a type of program like this for myspace music instead :-P

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