The Listening Post (part of the Wired Blog Network, and oddly, also part of a balanced breakfast) reports on a hack that lets you stick it to
The Man Rupert Murdock. Kinda.
Here's How it works:
The Problem: A band or label has uploaded music to MySpace to be streamed but not downloaded.
You as an omnivorous consumer of music become frustated by this. You want to download the song or songs of that hot new band you've heard about so you can give them a second or third listen at your leisure. Because MySpace stores music (at myspacecdn.com) using long and involved URLs (rather like Amazon items) , you need some help.
The Solution: MyspaceMP3.org lets you enter a band name or whatever abstractword the band uses in their Myspace URL (eg: myspace.com/[fucked up signifyer] URL) and then download any of the MP3s hosted on that page.
Downloads using this method are stripped of their filenames and ID3 tags, so you have to stop and label/tag each one.MP3s are only encoded at a measly 96 Kbps with a 22.05 kHz sampling rate , so if you enjoy convoluted denoument that sounds like AM radio, then you'll eat this up with a spoon.
My Angry Rebuttal:
Bands should use Myspace for listing their tour dates and ego gratification, not for product placement.
That's what blogs and websites are for. For god's sake, If you have a record out, that means you at least have some money- money that could be used for a web prescence.
If your gonna plead poverty there's always LiveJournal.
Yeah, that's it- take back Livejournal from the goth kids and mass murderers with their allegedly amusing pomo avatars and emoticons, their inarticulate appreciation of cultural phenomena, and their general whining. Only you can prevent forest fires.