How to Snag Embedded Media

Internet, Media by Adam on 2009-01-20 05:28

Want to grab a copy of a song that plays through an embedded media player on a site? “View source” sometimes works, but a technique that works even for highly dynamic players is Firebug.

Go to the page with the media player, open Firebug, click the Net checkbox, then click Enable. Now click the play button on the media player. This should cause a couple of net requests to appear in the console. Look for the one that ends in .mp3, right click (or ctrl-click on OS X) and select Copy Location. Now open a new browser window, select the location bar, and press Ctrl-V (or Apple-V). To download it, open a terminal, type wget, and then paste in the url and press enter.

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