Free Music and Videos for iPod or Zune – The Megalist
Need to fill up that iPod, Zune, or other music device for free? Want music files that are not protected? Here’s all the ways I know to fill up your bad boy music device for free!
Filling up an iPod or Zune can be an expensive venture through routine methods. For argument, one could assume that 1 gig of storage will store 250 songs. At 99 cents per song, one therefore would spend about 250 dollars to fill up just one gig of music storage. One could spend around 9900 dollars to fill up that big new 40 “gigger” media player. Surely, there are other alternatives.
Google for MP3s:
Using specifically crafted google searches, one can easily
find huge collections of open folders containing unprotected, free mp3 files. Here’s the one I used the most:
You can add a band name if you are looking for someone
MSNSearch will actually perform a similar search as well. I have never been as impressed with its results however.
Using google to search rapidshare for music files is another option:
- Google Search: +inurl:wma|mp3|ogg site:rapidshare.de
Some people put up fake sites that look like that contain music files; however, you will quickly be able to spot these. The files are
typically people that have placed their collections online for friends and did
not realize that google (or other search engines) would index it for the world.
Google for Videos:
Google can always be used to find free videos for your digital media device.
For example, want to find some Colbert clips?
google: -inurl:htm -inurl:html -inurl:asp intitle:”index of” +(wmv|mpg|avi) +”colbert”
Place YouTube Videos on your Device:
Unprotect a Protected, Rented Collection:
Napster is an excellent example of “rented” music. You can listen to the computer files on your computer or *some* musical devices as long as the user maintains the subscription fee. The subscription keeps the digital protection activated; therefore, once the subscription runs out, the files no longer work. Well, they no longer work unless you can remove the digital protection.
Here at tech-recipes there have been at least a half a dozen tutorials posted about quickly removing the digital rights management from entire libraries of music. Sadly, once they are posted publicly, Microsoft closed the loopholes rather quickly.
Some programs will still remove the protection from the files by capturing the internal audio stream within your system. Tunebite and MuvAudio are examples of such programs. Personally, I have found tunebite buggy but MuvAudio usable. Both convert at higher than realtime methods but are often plagued with configuration and sound artifact problems. If you are really cheap, you can even use the windows sound recorder to convert the files on a realtime basis.
If you pay your 99 cents per song, most music services will
allow you to burn your collection to CD which can then be ripped back to an unprotected file as well. This is nice for trading your collection with your friends. Likewise, most of the music subscriptions can be shared across multiple computers as well. Many friends and I shared a common napster account for a while.
Recording Sound Streams to MP3s:
This is one of my most favorite ways of obtaining new music
files. Basically, you just buy a program that rips the music from several online radio stations and converts to mp3 files. Many of them will rip several stations at once. The files will be correctly tagged with the title and artist as well. If you set it up to run at night, you’ll wake up with hundreds of new mp3s each morning. I have used ripcast in the past because it is so well established in the community. It registers around 10,000 music steams for easy rippage. The only down side to this is that the files are randomly selected from the genre of the station and occasionally they will contain radio station identification on the song.
For example, I frequently rip several 80s stations and pop stations each night. In the morning, I erase the songs I know I don’t like or that I already have. I load the rest into my music player and listen as I bike off to work. If I hear one that has radio id or a DJ talking, I just delete it. Doing this for a couple days each month, I keep my music collection fresh.
Extracting the Music Files Hidden in your Browser’s
When listening to music on a website, typically that music
file is first placed within your computer. It may be hidden deep in your hard drive, but it is certainly there. By pulling out these files, you have another easy method for adding to your music collection.
Hacking pandora has been a recent success. People have created free programs that extract, label, tag and save the music files produced by pandora. Put in an artist you like and soon you will have a bunch of other music files just like it. The guys at hak5.org are always busy improving the pandora hack techniques.
Methods for extracting songs from myspace have recently been closed unfortunately. Microsoft’s Windows Media Player can yield files this way as well. With the ever increasing number of sites that host music files, ripping them from the temporary hidden locations in the user’s computer will continue to be ripe for hacking for quite a while.
P2P and Underground:
I am not going to dive deep into the world of peer to peer music sharing here. It is certainly alive and well. Searching for your
favorite artist on torrentspy is likely to be successful for more popular groups. If you are new to
bittorrents, you’ll need a bittorrent client such as Azureus to download and share the files. Other P2P methods exist too. Downloading music files from IRC and newsgroups are more difficult
but are certainly excellent options.
Blogs / Promos for Music:
Many blogs now post links to unprotected mp3 files. One such list has been created by mp3blog TopList. In fact, many people boycott mainstream music altogether. The non-RIAA music scene will continue to grow as long as the RIAA continues to slap copy protection on their files.
Many sites are now luring people in with free mp3 files. Amazon gives away random drm-free music files on a daily basis. Just right-click and “save as” to download the files to your system.
Old School Ripping CDs:
Ripping CDs is one commonly used method and certainly everybody should rip their CD collection to their personal device. Once
ripped, trading those CDs at a used music store is a good way to shrink your CD collection and increase your music library.
If you have other methods to suggest, please post them in
the comments. I’ll update this recipe frequently as new methods are developed. Thanks to the many people who have requested this tutorial.
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