We had a very old program - "Internet Radio Recorder" which worked quite well. But since we just got a new pc with Windows 8.1, we figured it would be a good time to get some newer software. What a mistake. Stream, Rip & Record was very difficult to install. Once we got it installed, I had to enter a 25 digit registration code no less than 6 times. I thought that was the worst of it, and we could now enjoy our new toy. As bad as installing it was, it's even worse trying to figure out how to use it.
Eventually I found a "user guide", which didn't help at all. You're supposed to be able to record any streaming media - video or audio. I really only wanted to be able to record music from internet radio stations - which should be the easiest of all the things this software is supposed to do.
Words like "easy" and "you are only one click away from saving MP3's" are all over the packaging. They imply anyone can do this. Here's a passage from the guide: "select from the internet monitor or winpcap as the network driver. Use the internet monitor if you are capturing over a VPN or Proxy. Enter ports to be monitored and their expected protocols." Or how about where it detected that my PC has an UEFI Bios with SecureBoot enabled. "audio recording module may request that SecureBoot is disabled to function properly. Refer to the online guide for this product for instructions on how to disable SecureBoot in the bios." So apparently I might have to change a bios setting to get this to work. Oh, and the web site they give for the online guide lost that domain name, so it took a little more searching to find it. Since I can't figure out how to use this stupid program, I don't know if I'd have to change the bios setting, but every time I boot up my pc, I now get a notice of a bios error. Thanks a lot.
I'm going to uninstall it and try not to think about the money I just lost. I don't recommend this software unless you're very very tech savy.