Output directory - full path to the folder where your recordings will be saved.
A sub-directory named after the current radio station playing will be created in the output directory and each new track will be saved into that directory as a separate file, unless a radio station doesn't provide current track information - then current stream will be saved as a single file.
For example, if you specified ”C:\Radio\” as your output directory, SKY.FM is playing ”DJ Sammy - Why [Radio Edit]” in Spider Player right now, and you've just hit the Record button, then full path to the current track will be ”C:\S K Y . F M - Top Hits Music - who cares about the chart order, less rap & more hits\DJ Sammy - Why [Radio Edit].mp3”. All subsequent tracks will be saved to the ”C:\S K Y . F M - Top Hits Music - who cares about the chart order, less rap & more hits\” directory. If you now change your radio station to say ”.977 The Hitz Channel”, then current and all subsequent tracks from that radio station will be saved to the following directory: ”C:\.977 The Hitz Channel\”. If you happen to be recording the same song on the same radio station you've recorded it before, then it will just be overwritten.
As you can see, Spider Player will always create a nice hierarchical folder structure for all your recordings.
NOTE: please make sure that the output directory you have chosen is writable, i.e. you have the privileges to write to that directory. Otherwise, consider choosing another directory or running Spider Player as administrator.
Use lossless recording when possible (MPEG and AAC streams) - when this option is checked (PRO version feature), all MP3/MP2/MP1 and AAC/AAC+ streams will be saved to your hard drive intact, no (lossy) MP3 encoding will be used. Recordings made with this option enabled have the best quality and best quality/filesize ratio, and are still playable with any audio players and/or mobile phones that support MP3 and AAC file formats.
Save stream as a single file (don't break up into individual tracks) - normally, Spider Player splits a radio stream up for you and saves it as individual tracks. That is, if the stream provides information about tracks, otherwise stream is saved as a single file. You can always force this behavior by turning on this option and a stream will be saved in a single file regardless.
MP3 encoding settings: Bitrate - when Use lossless recording when possible option is disabled, then this setting is used; it specifies the MP3 encoding quality that will be used for all your records. The default value is 128 kbps.