How to download Real Audio streams and convert Real Audio to MP3

This guide is good, and there’s even a link to a page with instructions on doing the same and more on Linux!
And in a timely coincidence, Justin’s delicious bookmarks points at this page with instructions on recording streaming audio with Mplayer! I’ve done the same and posted command lines here before. Go search for “mplayer” or something! Lots more Linux stuff on that site including the odd opinionated piece..

Compress Me!

This technique is an old one. Feed your content through the PHP output buffer using the gzip handler, then at the end flush it out to the browser.
Even if the text doesn’t compress well, just using the output buffer results in slightly less network traffic as the data is sent in one big blob. I have to investigate if the HTTP headers are affected yet but it seems to be working fine.