Download Streaming Music: YouTube, Playlist.com, myspace… (Also its free and legal)

Posted: May 26, 2011 in Music, Rants
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If you are as lazy as me, you probably want to download music off the internet without working very hard.  This article covers a very basic method of downloading streaming music.  It does not cover how to torrent music, which most people know how to do and is generally a better, although less legal, method.  There are very few advantages to this method, save that as far as I know, it would be virtually impossible to contract viruses. That said for legality reasons I neither use this method nor support your use of this method for anyway that breeches terms of service, copyright infringement, nor endangers legality of media recording sites, rights, and their respective owners, and in no way support you doing so. With that in mind,  if rather than torrenting a ten gig discography, you prefer to hand pick songs and mixes (with no download link) off of YouTube, 8tracks, Soundcloud, whatever, then read on, pirate.

Download/Playback Streaming Music/Videos from YouTube, Playlist.com, and more

First, this method does not work for downloading from myspace. So, know that.

Two things here:

1. If you’re the least bit tech savvy, and use a pc, click here, and it should explain itself.

2. If you are less than tech savvy, need an easier way, or otherwise have a Mac, this is an alternate, perhaps even easier method. As long as you’re using Firefox, this really couldn’t be much simpler.  Netvideohunter is a Firefox add-on designed specifically for this purpose.  If you aren’t already using Firefox, join the rest of us in the 21st century and download it.  Read on!

  1. Download Netvideohunter, allow it to install, update, and do whatever else it needs to do.
  2. Restart Firefox, as you were likely prompted to do.  Now that Netvideohunter is installed, you should see its small playback icon in the bottom of the browser.  Click on it to bring up the Netvidehunter explorer.  It should have a big screen and a list (most likely blank) of recently streamed music and/or videos.
  3. You are now ready to download from music sources like Playlist.com!  You’ve already completed the steps to playback or download streamed content from any site that hosts music as a standard music file (.mp3, .mp4, .wma, etc).  To begin the process, simply go to the site, start playing the file, bring up the Netvideohunter explorer, locate the file on the list, then either click to play or to download the file.
  4. To download from a source like YouTube or Pandora Radio, you first need an audio converter.  Files on these sites are packaged as .flv (flash video) and unless you are endowed of a more advanced technical knowledge than I (and thus really shouldn’t be using this guide) you probably will not be able to play them back on your computer or mobile device.  This is easily fixed.  Download an application like any audio converter, MPEG Streamclip, or any number of freeware applications available on the web.

Don’t limit yourself to YouTube, PandoraPlaylist, and 8tracks!  There are literally hundreds of sites across the web with streaming content that can be downloaded via NetVideohunter.  For example, download from places like this, or even this. Use wisely.  Use legally.

Download from Myspace

UPDATE: One of the sites I linked here for downloads from myspace seems to no longer be working, there is a method of downloading from any site using safari, which if you are highly motivated I suggest you read up on here. The former site I linked, file2hd, had a pay option intended to allow you download from sites like myspace, but upon my own use and several forum posts it seems it is no longer effective for this. I am however, happy to be proven wrong if anybody has information contrary.

UPDATE: PART 2. This no longer works with the website 8tracks.com after, some emailing with them, I took down the links. Likewise while streaming their music netvideo hunter no longer works to download their files. That said they are literally hundreds of applications to download streaming music legally, so if you find yourself familiar with this method you may wish to search around a bit more.

My apologies and good luck!

UPDATE FOR THE THIRD TIME: http://keepvid.com/ is a great open source video downloader, it doesn’t require the download of an add on like NetVideo Hunter, I haven’t used it for streaming music and my sense it might be a little trickier to use for that than NetVideo Hunter, but! If you find yourself on a school, work, or anywhere else computer where you can’t use NetVideo Hunter, and you would really like the video your streaming, now you can download away.

Andrew Taylor

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Comments
  1. azrite says:

    8tracks 64 bitrate download only…omg!

    • I have to say, I have never had that problem. Try to playback first before you download to make sure its loaded correctly and if not refresh? One of the selling points Netvideo Hunter uses in their description should be high quality playback, so I’m not quite sure why your having that problem.

    • Actually, let me rephrase that. I have had issues with HD files, i.e 480 bitrate +. But it should be fine up to 360, so I do remain confused.

  2. tko 7 says:

    thanks for the energy and try anyways, I’ve been hunting for hours now, trying to download 10 songs off of myspace that are not available anywhere and I would gladly pay for them however the “buy” button is disactivated.

    I downloaded “Netvideohunter” and already have “DownloadHelper” and “ant.com” installed…no luck…

    I want the 10 songs from : “http://www.myspace.com/favelaonblast/music/songs”

    • Thank you for pointing this out, upon reading more forum posts it seems the site I linked for myspace downloads, file2hd, no longer works. Which makes sense, as all myspace songs are meant for purchase and so downloading files meant for streaming is almost certainly copyright infringement. There have been sites set up specifically for myspace but to my knowledge they’ve all been shut down. That said Netvideohunter and DownloadHelper should work fine for most other sites, also excluding grooveshark.

      If you are highly motivated I suggest you try reading up here: http://www.gosquared.com/liquidicity/archives/133 (also linked at the end of the article).

      I have never personally tried that method (laziness) but from what I read it seems to be pretty effective.

      Good luck!

  3. FreddylovesYAAAAA says:

    Thanks for this! cant wait to get some free beats yiew.

  4. That doesn’t work with 8track, 😦

  5. Chip says:

    I don’t see any new buttons at the bottom of my Firefox browser, after installing and restarting Firefox. Can anyone help?

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  7. Dave321 says:

    Great! I feel like sharing a cool video that taught me how to download music as well, since I see that you didn’t mention it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9no8zurYt9Q

  8. Eloisa says:

    Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using
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  9. Josh says:

    I downloaded firefox and then netvideohunter but when I go onto the playlist I want to play there are no download options for that page?

  10. Josh says:

    Sorry the above comment was in reference to http://www.8tracks.com

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