BBC Radio 3 and 4 hold a huge collection of excellent Radio Dramas, which can be streamed on your computers or cellphones for free. However, many listeners cannot find free access to download the Radio Dramas. This BBC Radio Drama MP3 free download will tell you 3 ways to download BBC Radio Drama with ease. This guide focuses on the computer end only.
1. Download Streaming BBC Radio Drama
The simplest way to find BBC Radio Drama is by going to the BBC Radio 4 website, where you can stream their Radio Drama. As soon as you find them, you can hand over the job to Joyoshare Audio Recorder, an audio recording program that is able to record BBC Radio or other streaming audio. The recordings can then be saved to different formats you want, including MP3, AIFF, AAC, AC3, ALAC, APE, AU, CAF, FLAC, M4A, M4B, M4R, MKA, OGG, WAV, WMA.
It does not only download BBC Radio Drama but also help you customize the downloaded Dramas. You can split the tracks, adjust how they sound, or edit their ID3 tags to archive them more easily. The efficiency is superb thanks to the auto-split function, which will automatically end the old track and create a new track when it detects the silence between episodes.
Key Features of Joyoshare Audio Recorder:
16 different formats available
Automatic split different episodes
Excellent recording sound quality
Built-in audio editor to help you customize the tracks
Step 1 Launch Joyoshare Audio Recorder
Download Joyoshare Audio Recorder (Windows or Mac) and launch it. The first window you see is the main interface, as shown in the image below. Press the "Input" icon in the bottom toolbar and set "system audio" as the recording source, so that we can record streaming BBC Radio Drama.
Step 2 Adjust the pre-downloading settings
Click on the "Format" icon to open the "Format" menu. Now you can change the format of the output Drama tracks, as well as their codec, channel, bit rate, and sample rate. If you think that's too much of a hassle, simply choose "High Quality" or "Small Size" in the "Preset" option, and the rest sound settings will adjust accordingly.
Next, press the "Preferences" button in the upper right, then select the folder where you want the Dramas to be saved. To increase the efficiency, you can also turn on the automatic split function here, so that you can leave the Drama playing one episode after another. To turn this feature on, tick the "Split the Recordings Individually" option, and then the "Recording Is Silent" option under the "Delete Recordings Automatically" box.
Step 3Begin to record and download BBC Radio Drama
Now, get the BBC Radio Drama you want to download ready on BBC Radio 4. Press the red "Start Recording" button first and then play the Drama, and the software will capture the streaming audio in real-time. It is totally fine to leave a drama playing from episode 1 to the last, as the software will record each episode individually. When all the episodes finish playing, press the "Stop Recording" to make the recording process stop.
Step 4Edit the recorded and downloaded tracks
If you need to cut out the unwanted segments, such as ads or pauses, Tap the "Edit" icon at the rear of them to open the audio editor. First of all, you can clip the tracks by dragging the time bar. Secondly, you can adjust the equalizer to make the Dramas more enjoyable to listen to. Finally, you can edit the tags to archive the downloaded and recorded tracks better.
2. How to Download BBC Radio Drama from Drama of the Week Programme
Every week, BBC Radio 4 would update a programme called "Drama of the Week Podcast", which contains the best BBC Radio Dramas of each week. All the Dramas posted in this programme is downloadable. To download them, simply press the "Download" button beside each item, and the MP3 file of the Drama will be downloaded to your computer. The drawback of this method is that there is only a limited number of Dramas posted on this programme.
3. How to Download BBC Radio Drama from YouTube
On YouTube, there are quite some BBC Radio Dramas videos, though they may not be up-to-date. As long as you have a YouTube Premium subscription, you will be able to download these videos to your cellphones. However, it should be noticed that the downloaded videos are MP4 files. If you want MP3 files of BBC Radio Dramas, you can apply the first method to YouTube videos.
Step 1: Sign in the Premium account on mobile YouTube app.
Step 2: Click in the video you want to wish to download, and tap on the "Download" icon below the video player. You will then be asked to select the quality of the downloaded video.
Step 3: When the video is downloaded, you can view it in the "Library" or the "Account" tabs.