Friday, April 18, 2008

How to Download from musicindiaonline.com

Almost everyone who has anything to do with music, both 'hindustani classical' and 'popular' must surely have visited www.musicindiaonline.com more than a few times. This site claims itself to be the largest Indian music resource on the internet. True of course, be it hindustani classical, indipop, bollywood, fusion or regional folk, you name it and it's all there on this site.

The difference between this site and other file hosting sites is very basic. Whereas musicindiaonline.com has it's own files on it's servers and has full control over the streaming quality of the music and also what files to put or remove, other sites like mediafire.com, eSnips.com, 4shared.com and the rest have no such control.

Many of us must have encountered a much wanted song on musicindiaonline.com and wished fervently that there had been a download button on this site. Alas, there is none and no trick such as changing the URL (a'la eSnips) work here.

But for few of us who desperately want a particular music file and are ready to spend a little time, there's a way out : a simple method by which you can download a file or even multiple files in one go.

Just follow a few simple steps. Remember this trick will work with Internet Explorer only.

Go to the Start Menu > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. Clean all the mess that has been accumulating in the browser's cache. Once the cache is empty you may go to the musicindiaonline.com site and search for your favourite song or album just as shown in the figure below.



Select the songs to be downloaded by ticking them or if you want them all, tick 'Select All'.



Click the 'Play Selected Songs' button. If you have not been to this site recently it will ask you to choose between Real Player and Windows Media Player. Select Windows Media Player as in the pic below :



The player will open up and your playlist will begin to play.



As the file is playing repeat Step 1 (i.e Disk Cleanup). But this time don't clear the cache but click on the 'View Files' option :



This will open a directory of Internet Cache folders as seen below :



Explore each folder (if you have cleaned your Internet Explorer Cache thoroughly, there should be four of them). You will find your playing file in one of the folders, growing by size as it plays on. Wait for the 'Duration' and 'Bit Rate' details to appear and click on the 'Play Next' button of the player to start playing the next song in the playlist.



You may now Copy or Cut & Paste the previous file to a folder of your choice. The files are in .wma format. Keep on exploring all the folders as the second file plays on and you will find it in one of the folders. Repeat the process.

You need not play each song to it's full length. On a fast internet connection a 15 minute song may buffer fully in a couple of minutes. But it's important that you wait for the 'Duration' and 'Bit Rate' details to appear before copying (or cut & paste) the file.

Keeping in mind that musicindiaonline.com has music streaming at a very low bitrate (20-24 kbps) an album consisting of 6-7 songs may be downloaded in 4 to 5 minutes.

28 comments:

ti said...

thanks a lot for the tip!

karuppaiya said...

i cannot download

karuppaiya said...

i cannot download help me

INDIAN.RAGA said...

@karuppaiya

You surely must have missed on some step.
Make sure :
1. The song is playing in windows media player and NOT real player.
2 Clean your Internet Explorer Cache thoroughly.

If the above two steps are followed there is no reason why you should not be able to download.

Anonymous said...

Can I save the songs on my PC and if so how

Indian Raga said...

This is all the above article is all about...i.e. how to save the songs on your PC.

Anonymous said...

super useful - thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

Thank you SOOOOOOO much!!!! I really needed that!

Anonymous said...

i was not able to view the files on the disc cleanup,tried double clicking on all the files,none of them opened to show which of them were playing my song,please help me

Indian Raga said...

I suspect you are playing the files in Real Player. Switch to Windows Media Player by clicking it's icon in the bottom right hand corner of the player (see the screenshot of the player in the post and red circled icon)

piyush said...

This is quite useful.. However, I suspect the quality of stuff posted on this site may be desirable - 20kbps levels... obviously to save on storage costs.. :)
Anyways a good way to access rare stuff for listening pleasure once in a while..

regards
piyushpshah@hotmail.com

indianraga said...

Index.dat files contain ALL your web surfing history since they were (re)created. Here are 3 reasons to delete them:

(1) They are never resized, and only get bigger.
(2) Large index.dat files can cause performance problems when browsing.
(3) To protect your privacy, so others cannot see where you’ve been on the Internet. (You’ll have to delete other files as well; some information is also stored in the registry about where you’ve been.) Index.dat files are hidden, don’t show up in searches (in Windows or DOS) and CANNOT be deleted when Explorer is running.

For those who find it difficult to clean the Index.dat files and their Internet Explorer Cache completely and find more than 4 folders in the Temporary Internet Files folder, I advise to use this utilty which I have compiled specially for this purpose. Please go through the Readme.txt file before using it :

http://indianraga.fileave.com/files/index.zip

with ‘indianraga’ assurance…:-)

Anonymous said...

i cant find any folder found just one file there is named (index)film video cd

Maulik's Blog said...

Wonderful tips.
Work fine in my XP machine but same doesnt work in Vista machine (not able to find where it stores the file).
bitrate is 20kbps which compromise with quality

INDIAN.RAGA said...

Files in the Internet Explorer Cache can be retrieved in Windows Vista also.
I advise you to go through this article :

http://www.walkernews.net/2007/05/07/retrieve-flash-movie-in-ie7-cache-folder/

also visit this page :

http://www.winvistaclub.com/f11.html

I hope this helps you…:-)

Anonymous said...

Indianraga:

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!!!! I've wanted to download from mio since a really long time.

Now if only I could automate it or get a program .... I guess I'm greedy AND lazy .... heh heh

Best Regards,

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot!! Its a graet tip!!

Anonymous said...

1st of all mio's interface has changed and they r not providing the option of real player or windows media player so forget it of capturing thru the cache! :(
only way is stream recorder which is a big headache since the whole song has to b run

indianraga said...

Its a changeover attempt to the Rhydhun mode. The old version is however still available. You may download the songs in the old fashion till the old version option is there.

Anonymous said...

Can we doownload it in mozilla firefox now?
Because now the new Internet explorer deletes the files after playing them automatically when we close it. Also I am not able to find the files in temp folder while playing. Please Help...

indianraga said...

Yes you may download the songs using firefox. But it is a more difficult method. I am not a big fan of software updates. For the last 6 years I have stuck with IE6 and I have no problems so far. All the security holes propaganda by Microsoft and other software developers is hogwash. Newer the software, more resources it will need and things become more difficult with it. So stick with older versions of all software, if they fulfil your needs.

Anonymous said...

It seems the older version of MIO is no longer available. Is there still a way to download music using either IE or FF on Win Vista? My knowledge in software is rather rudimentary, so, "dumbing-down" your advise, if any, will be much appreciated.

Thanks

indianraga said...

Yes it is true. The old version of MIO has been phased out. The new version uses Rhapsody player clone and downloading music via this one is almost impossible.

Anonymous said...

Hello Everyone,

I have been looking for a couple of divine tunes which are listed in the page " 1000 hours of pure bliss "link (on the top of this same page)
Could anyone help me to understand if there is a way to have them??
Honestly, they are divine!!

The tunes are:
2760. Milind Tulankar & Sunil Avchat - Jaltarang & Bansuri Jugalbandi - Abhogi.mp3
2761. Milind Tulankar & Sunil Avchat - Jaltarang & Bansuri Jugalbandi - Malkauns.mp3

Please help!!!

Thanks a lot in advance

Rameshvaidya said...

Dear Friend,

I am looking for these two MP3/videos downloads. Can you please help me in locating them? I also want to congratulate you for your music collection and for sharing it too.

1. Bhajans by Purushottam Das Jalota – Particularly Atmashtak “Chidananda Roopah Shivoham, Kanha teri Bansuri Nek Bajaun and more
2. Complete Ramcharitmanas sung by Mukesh or any other good artist.

Regards, God bless You.

Ramesh Vaidya,
akar.rc@gmail.com; rameshvaidya@msn.com, vaidyaramesh2003@yahoo.com

Rameshvaidya said...

Dear Friend,

I am looking for these two MP3/videos downloads. Can you please help me in locating them? I also want to congratulate you for your music collection and for sharing it too.

1. Bhajans by Purushottam Das Jalota – Particularly Atmashtak “Chidananda Roopah Shivoham, Kanha teri Bansuri Nek Bajaun and more
2. Complete Ramcharitmanas sung by Mukesh or any other good artist.

Regards, God bless You.

Ramesh Vaidya,
akar.rc@gmail.com; rameshvaidya@msn.com, vaidyaramesh2003@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Dear Rameshbhau...did you receive any feedback for your query on . Bhajans by Purushottam Das Jalota – Particularly Atmashtak “Chidananda Roopah Shivoham. I'm also looking for the same but unable to find one. I used to have it on an audio cassette but it doesn't play any more.

mansi said...

i can't download.. plz help me anyone........ i m using windows xp. now how to download musicindiaonline.com plz help somebody...

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