Sagacious Himself — brevity in circumlocution: never blague — suffering genius

January 24, 2007

revised downloading mp3s from myspace music

Filed under: DARPA,Hackery — Sagacious Himself @ 1:10 am
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The Sagacious Himself SWF cache method

load firefox ( )

load myspace musician‘s page

clear firefox cache

find url in source that starts as…

OR use Live HTTP headers to fish it out

load the whole gobbledegook url into a new tab

start song

let “cache” finish…. this will unfortunately take about as long as it does to play entire song

open firefox profile cache folder (below assumes XP. consult for yous OS path)


or whatever is defined for “browser.cache.disk.parent_directory” in user.js in profile

find cache file between 1- and 15 megs. This is the mp3 you want. It will most likely be the largest, most recently modified file.

— alternatively enter about:cache?device=disk into location bar, look for the entry with the largest data size, click it, and file on disk will reveal the filename and location. PLUS while your token is valid you can click the URL labeled key and download the mp3 to your defined download path. It still has a funky name, but it’s “ready to play”.

it will likely resemble:*.mp3?…

— or if you are especially lazy install Cache Viewer, load cache viewer, search for mp3, double click (or r-click save-as) ..

copy to appropriately named mp3 in suitable location


repeat for each song you want. the SWF url will expire. reload musician’s page in firefox, extract new SWF url, paste to new tab, click song, repeat

works. testest. retested. happy enough

please obey laws unless you have an opportunity to screw with verizon or toshiba

P.S. I am not a myspacer – it uses the worst of the least of technologies poorly. Using a DEA I created a myspace account that I have since not touched. Triviality of trivialities.

090202 still? really?


  1. thanks for the post. one problem i’m having – i can’t seem to find the cache for the song. the http://lads URL is listed in the page info as “Not cached”. Is that why I can’t find the cache?

    The song is like 4 minutes long, but the largest cache file I can see in the about:cache?device=disk window is like only 300000 bytes. Any ideas? thanks.

    Comment by dullaird — January 27, 2007 @ 2:24 am

  2. I am having the same problem. Is there a way to enable cache for the page and what were your settings if any and/or plugins you had installed/enabled?

    Comment by gamer0313 — February 3, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

  3. I’m not having any success with this method, either. I’m not even lucky enough to get a file bigger than 100000 bytes. I have found the mp3 address looking through the xml of the flash player, but when I download, it’s less than 1kb. I’m not sure what’s happening, do you?


    Comment by valsauce — February 6, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

  4. Hmm … I am using a mac and seem to have located the profile folder. There are bookmarks and things, but I don’t see a way to get into get the cache. A little help, please?

    Comment by charlesthecat — February 22, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

  5. oops. i am using firefox 2 and the cache isn’t in the location you said and I can’t find it anywheres

    Comment by bardicknowledge — March 9, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

  6. this worked for me using firefox 2. I had to install the cacheviewer and then open it. Then I got the music playing, but it’s tricky. Because as soon as the song finishes playing, it may move on to the next song. So you have to let the cache finish but the song is not finished playing, then search for mp3 on the cacheviewer. Then you right click and select save on the file.

    Comment by russkiypenguin — December 18, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

  7. How would you know when cache is finish transferring? What
    if you just want one song and all songs are playing and the cache
    is still not finished?

    Comment by sammy81lee — January 15, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

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