Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
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Search for mp3s the easy way... use Google!

So, I made a long entry, with the intent of sharing a bookmarklet I hacked together which enables people to automatically search Google for mp3s and ogg files in a highly efficient manner, but I forgot...

LJ doesn't allow javascript links in posts! So, you get the text for the link instead.

How to make it work

Bookmark something else, rename it to Google Music Search (or something along those lines) and change the URL in the link's properties to the following:

javascript:Qr=document.selection.createRange().text;if(!Qr){void(Qr=prompt('Enter musician to search for:',''))}if(Qr)location.href='http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22intitle%3Aindex.of%22+%28mp3+OR+ogg%29+%22'+escape(Qr)+'%22 -htm -html -php -asp &meta='

Or don't. See if I care...

Either way, I have my handy dandy little bookmarklet over here, which I find to be quite effective and convenient for most music searches, especially when you're out there somewhere. (gesticulates wildly!) 

No ripping, Frostwire, BitTorrents, etc. required.

"Music travels on the air, not obedient to boundaries, whether racial, cultural, linguistic, classist or legal."
Bernice Johnson Reagon


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Update: For those of you who are curious about what Google search string I'm using, well, it's a modified form of this one:

intitle:index.of + "mp3" + "band name" -htm -html -php -asp

...as recommended by this webpage

It works pretty well, and screens out most of the phony pages put up by mp3 download sites to get you to use their service. 

That said, I would be very interested to hear from anyone who might have sone suggestions on how to make the google search string even more effective at this task. If you have any ideas, please let me know.
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