NEWS: Catch MP3s from radio for free

If you're of a certain age, a fair proportion of your youth may well have been spent hunched over your radio, starting and stopping a blank tape as you recorded your favourite tracks straight from the top 40.

Many a mixtape was subsequently made - one member of the team even admitted to making a 60-minute tape consisting entirely of the intro to Babylon Zoo's 'Spaceman' looped over and over again - even if the legality of said operation was a little suspect.

With Intempo's Rebel FM radio, the world of radio recording is set to enter the digital age. And legally, too...

The riotously-named Rebel allows you to record straight from the FM radio - or from a DAB or Internet tuner sent via a line-in - and then transfer the tunes straight to your MP3 player or mobile phone. Not only that, the radio takes the liberty of removing all the 'DJ chat', ads and news bulletins.

Intempo makes it all sound spectacularly easy. Simply tune in to an FM station and the PopCatcher technology - it's the first time this has been used on a radio - will automatically record all the tracks over a 24-hour period. It also takes the liberty of choosing the more complete version of a track should it hear the same tune twice.

Your music is stored in the MP3 format and then can be easily sent to a portable or SD card. The Rebel is available in red or gloss black and will retail at £70. We're certainly intrigued - look out for our review very soon.

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).