I need to find a software that will cleanly record streaming audio.

I would prefer a free software, but I've tried multiple free packages from download.com like StreamRipper and Audion and they either:

1. only support very obscure file formats, making them nearly useless, or;
2. they are completely unintuitive to use/don't seem to work at all.

I'd be willing to pay for such a software, if it was the BEST, but hope that someone has a free suggestion for me.