Firebug and Myspace, Part Two
My short sidenote on using Firebug to download streaming songs from Myspace has turned into somewhat of a circus. Many people have been trying a bit too hard to get downloads to work. This rewrite eliminates some steps thanks to some comments by some users who found easier ways to get the songs, without all four steps. Hopefully these new set of instructions will help those of you who are struggling with the original method.
Step One: Visit a Profile
Straightforward enough. Head over to the intended bands myspace page and bring up Firebug. You must have Firebug installed and you must be using Firefox in order for this to work.
Once you have Firebug open (either by clicking the icon in the lower right corner of Firefox or going to Tools>Firebug>Open Firebug), click on the net tab, which will show you the status of all the various elements loading on the page. For this example we’ll be using a band that broke up a short time ago called The Waiting Game.
Step Two: Pull the Download Url
With Firebug open and yourself on the band’s profile page, click your required song and watch the Net tab in Firebug refresh. Scroll down to the bottom of the Net tab, because the song should have been the last thing loaded if you just clicked on it. It will be named something like “std…”. Copy the url by right clicking on the “std…” link and copying it.
New Tab, Edit, and Download
The last step is to open a new tab, paste the url, and make one small edit. Find “std” in your newly pasted url and change it to “full”. Press enter and you should be presented with a download box in Firefox. If you have some kind of built in media player that may attempt to play the song in the browser window, you may have to save the link in an html file and than right click it and use “Save file as…” to get the download to work. Do all this while the song is still playing and you should be fine.
Notes about the method
Myspace is frequently changing methods of downloads, so we can not guarantee how long the method will continue to work for. Devlounge is a resource for designers and developers, so this will be the last post about Myspace and song downloading. The initial post was simply a trick, and the only purpose of this post was to clear up the many questions people had about getting this method to work. Please do not ask for support, because if you’re download doesn’t work, it’s not up to us.