Problem: I like to listen to music when I work out, but I hate all my tunes.
Possible solution: Charter streams music into my home at all hours via the Music Choice digital cable channels. Could be some interesting stuff there. And I'm paying for it. (Does anyone ever listen to these channels?) But how to get these tunes onto my mp3 player for el gimnasio?
Answer: Use my PC running the Beyond TV DVR software, which I mostly use to record "That '70s Show" reruns, plus "What Not To Wear." Configure Beyond TV to tune the Music Choice channels, which are available as unencrypted QAM. Record Music Choice channels, which show up in hour-long blocks in the program guide. Helpful. When programs are done recording, copy Beyond TV's .tp video files to my main PC. Use the freeware SUPER
video encoding program to extract the .tp files' audio to mp3s. (That last step was the trickiest. Other programs I tried, and I tried many, didn't grok the .tp files.) Load mp3s onto mp3 player. Enjoy Animotion's "Room to Move." Whoops! Don't record the '80s channel.
This took the better part of a weekend to figure out.