How To: Download MySpace Music to your computer

MySpace Music has millions of songs available to listen to online for free, but is it possible to download these songs on to your computer? Yes, and it’s a whole lot easier than you might expect.

You’ll need to have a Mac or a PC running Safari and Quicktime Pro, which is available from Apple for $29.99 in the United States. I’ll be using Mac OS X Leopard.

Before you begin, remember that stealing music is against the law (even with this somewhat legal method). Use it for finding stuff that isn’t on iTunes (or the music store of your choice).

Also note that you don’t actually need a MySpace account to do this.

1. Head to http://music.myspace.com, and find your artist by using the search field on the top right hand corner.

2. Click on your artist in the search results.

3. Play the song in the MySpace Music player to listen to it online.

4. Go to the Safari menu bar and click Window > Activity. 

5. Then you’ll want to find a file beginning with something similar to http://cache01-music02.myspacecdn.com etc. If you can’t, you might want to try looking at the size of the files (the song’s usually about 2.5MB, depending on the length of it). If you still haven’t found it you might notice that the song will be gradually loading, making it stand out against other files on the page.

6. Once you have found it (shown above as loading 442KB of 2.9MB) you’ll want to double click that to open up a new window. Once it’s finished loading, you’ll see a Quicktime Player box, and it will start playing the song.

7. Now click on the flippy triangle at the right hand side of the box. This is where Quicktime Pro kicks in. Simply click on ‘Save as Source’.

8. Now rename the file (at first the name of the file will be a long mix of random letters and numbers) as the name of the song, choose where to save it to and click save.

And that’s it! You can play it from Quicktime or drag the file into iTunes to copy it onto your iPod/iPhone or give it more details and artwork. The quality of the tracks isn’t very good, most of them max out at about 96kbps. For those interested, this method also works for MySpace Videos. By the way, I haven’t tested this out on Windows so if there are any differences please let me know and I’ll fix it up.

– r.

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