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MySpace Music Player Hacked 120

Roy van Rijn writes to tell us about a little program called MySpace MP3 Gopher, with which you can download any song from MySpace as an MP3 even if it is marked to disable downloading. MySpace MP3 Gopher is a Windows program requiring no installation, and for those not on a Windows box the author offers an online version that anyone can run. It is hosted on his home computer so it is bound to get slashdotted rather quickly. All you need to grab a MySpace song is its "friendID," which is in every URL as a parameter. Tech-recipes has step-by-step instructions.
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MySpace Music Player Hacked

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  • "It is hosted on his home computer so it is bound to get slashdotted rather quickly."
    Ok, who on slashdot uses myspace? Ok, now how many use it for music? Alright. Lemme recount.
    I sense a lot (more) myspace bashing. Otherwise, it's a cool program.
  • But in all seriousness, this is going to bring the "web-rip" scene of trash on P2P networks to a whole new level.
    • Lol. Good point... (Score:4, Interesting)

      by msimm ( 580077 ) on Saturday September 16, 2006 @05:55PM (#16121729) Homepage
      I actually work with a lot of MySpace artists with my site (I have a MS account, but I mean popexperiment). Ya, ripping off 96Kbps @ 22050Khz will really help you satisfy that need. Nothing like kicking back and taking in the hiss.

      The only thing I really don't like about this is a lot of musicians and labels have come to depend on MS (say what you like, I work in a web-services company, I know Coldfusion and MySpaces scales poorly) and they might start pulling content. MS is actually the best resource out there right now for finding new work (since really, which is shit now). Thats a simple fact. And artists can be very, very sketchy about 'lossing control' of their content. Another fact I have to contend with regularly (I run an internet radio channel/show on the previously mentioned site).

      Lets hope they plug the hole quickly before knees start to jerk.

      More interesting is the pending MySpace [] downloads. Assuming they don't build it out themselves (which the article seems to suggest isn't the case) this could be great for a lot of independant/international artists and even better for the listeners. Because MS encoded files are great for a quick taste but garbage to really listen to.

      Anyway, as usual, we'll see how the chips fall. The net is pretty orgainic.
      • by jZnat ( 793348 ) *
        Hey, it's free publicity as far as I can see. Most bands on MySpace need all the publicity they can get, and MySpace is one of the best places in which to do so. Now for those who want to get the decent quality music, the bands can offer them through emusic, magnatunes, or some other good, DRM-free music store.
        • Absolutely... (Score:3, Interesting)

          by msimm ( 580077 )
          I think its a poorly designed service (part of why its so popular actually, lots of bugs (css expliots, less sanitising) that let users take more control, for better and worse.

          The catch with those great digital download sites for the small artists is you need a LABEL. They don't deal with artists directly. Which was great news for me, I was preparing to launch a 'virtual' label for artists who needed help with that part. But thats on hold now with MySpace's plan. I'll see how it works out.

          Anyway, I agr
      • by houghi ( 78078 )
        Coukld you PLEASE what you mean by abriviations? sometjing like : [...] a lot with MySpace (MS) artists [...]

        That way people will not think that you weere talking about Microsoft, that is unless you were actually talking about Microsoft.

        The fact that you use MS at one point and MySpace at another does not realy help this situation. :-(
        • Coukld be worse. :P

          Honestly, I thought about it and decided to abbreviate despite the similarities, simply because the post was about one company. Seems you managed and we've had a conversation despite this decision which leads me to the only logical conclusion: I was right (its always the same conclusion, I might have to re-evaluate my sample data, but I won't be telling my customers).

          • by houghi ( 78078 )
            The most confusing part was that the abriviation was not used consitently. One time you talked about MS and the other moment about MySpace. Also this is /., so people dragging MS into whatever discussion is not that far-fetched.
  • by macadamia_harold ( 947445 ) on Saturday September 16, 2006 @04:31PM (#16121452) Homepage
    I have no doubt this project was funded, in whole or in part, by Universal Music group to support their BS crusade against MySpace and YouTube.
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by RiskyChris ( 999242 )
      I have no doubt this project was funded, in whole or in part, by Universal Music group to support their BS crusade against MySpace
      Any crusade against MySpace is a worthy cause, in my oh-so-pretentious opinion.
      • Any crusade against MySpace is a worthy cause, in my oh-so-pretentious opinion.

        I dislike Myspace as much as the next guy, but Universal is just playing dirty []. I mean, just days after they threaten to file suit against Youtube and Myspace, a piracy tool written to exploit myspace just happens to appear on the internet.

        give me a break. It's pretty clear that a) MySpace and Universal have been in contract negotiations, b) those negotiations have broken down over fee structure, and c) Universal is doing
        • Re:It's so obvious (Score:4, Insightful)

          by repruhsent ( 672799 ) on Saturday September 16, 2006 @04:57PM (#16121542) Homepage Journal
          You've been able to do something similar to this for months. Thinking Universal wrote this on purpose to force MySpace into doing what they want isn't only naive, it's an indication that your tin foil hat is on far too tight.
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by joe 155 ( 937621 )
          I doubt anyone would relish suing myspace, this isn't a small organisation which will cave with fear of legal threats, my space has a multi-billion dollar backing through News International, not to mention all the bad publicity that culd be drummed up in a heart beat if myspace loses. I can only speak from what I've read (in private eye) about the Sun and the Times (England), it does seem that no murdoch paper can even print bad news about myspace, they also mention it several times a week.

          If murdoch wi
    • by MyLongNickName ( 822545 ) on Saturday September 16, 2006 @04:48PM (#16121512) Journal
      Yeah. Cuz hackers NEVER take time out of their day to go after free music, and large, public web sites. They always spend their time going after the US military, and obsure Albanian porn sites.
      • by macadamia_harold ( 947445 ) on Saturday September 16, 2006 @04:56PM (#16121539) Homepage
        Yeah. Cuz hackers NEVER take time out of their day to go after free music, and large, public web sites.

        Look at it this way: it's a lot easier to download an album from ThePirateBay, than it is to comb through dozens of Myspace pages trying to cobble together all the songs from the album using this tool.

        It's all about the laziest route to information... and this tool "ain't it". That fact, and its timeliness in relation to the Universal Music announcement makes it suspicious.
        • You can't cobble all the songs from the album. You can only get the X songs that the band put on their website because you can only upload music from the band's myspace.
          • You can't cobble all the songs from the album. You can only get the X songs that the band put on their website because you can only upload music from the band's myspace.

            Well, then that's even stupider, when you compare it to thepiratebay. And more proof that Universal's whole "Myspace = piracy" thing is a red herring.
            • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

              by garylian ( 870843 )
              You do realize that most of the songs people are after are probably by independent artists, that have no contract with a major record label, right?

              Who would want to download the songs people put on their main pages? The quality is horrible for digital music. I'd rather pay iTunes the $0.99 for the song if I wanted it, not get some crap quality version from MySpace.

              I think your tinfoil hat is worn out. You might need to go to your local Wal-Mart and get another roll.
        • by MyLongNickName ( 822545 ) on Saturday September 16, 2006 @05:18PM (#16121596) Journal
          Look at it this way: hackers hack. That is what they do. Sure, there may be a different way of accomplishing the same thing. But hackers love to find a different way of doing something just to prove they can. No need for a big conspiracy and trilateral commission.
        • by mini me ( 132455 )
          There are several songs on MySpace that I'd like to listen to offline, or just to avoid the oh-so-awful MySpace player, that aren't readily available through any other means.
        • And on pirate bay you'll get mp3's with a usable sample and bitrate. 96/22050 is really only useful for previewing music ... like MySpace does. Anyway, it appears the hack is fixed. Now if they could just get their application to scale we'd have something to talk about.
        • Easier when you can actually find the album. It's hard to find an active torrent of a lot of artists on Pirate Bay. Between no song and a 96kbps MP3, most people would download what they can get. No one is suggesting this as a substitute for P2P downloads; it's just a useful tool for when you stumble upon an artist or song on MySpace that you like and wanna grab it. There have been many occasions in the past where I've discovered an artist on MySpace directly, or found them some other way and went to their
  • I've ripped music from MySpace pages, but I did it using a recording program like Total Recorder []. Basically it creates a virtual audio driver, records using that, then sends the audio to your regular driver. The only downside is that it does so in real-time, so you'd have to wait for the song to play.

    Unfortunately MySpace music is only 96kpbs MP3s (AFAIK), so it's gonna be low quality, but lots of artists have MySpace exclusives or live songs only available there, which leaves it as the only choice.
    • ARTS (Arts? ARts?) already allows you to do exactly what you just said, without downloading anything extra. I imagine other *nix audio technologies probably offer similar functionality ...
    • You could just set your sound device as your recording device in Windows Sound Mixer or whatever its called and then record from there, much simpler. I've captured live streams like this.
    • I just ripped the Long Blondes - Separated by Motorways remix mp3 from MySpace. I just used the VideoDownloader extension for Firefox. Rips sound as well as video. Should work as well in Windows as it does in Linux
  • by antifoidulus ( 807088 ) on Saturday September 16, 2006 @04:44PM (#16121493) Homepage Journal
    it is rumored that the Americans in Guatanamo Bay in Cuba downloaded this program and used it as part of their "alternative interrogations" program. Quoth an anonymous source "Not even the most devout person in the world can withstand a constant barrage of myspace musical selections"
    • Lemme guess...

      The interrogators forced our 'involuntary Muslim visitors' to listen to Brittney Spears, then tacked on a few dozen years to their sentences because the rips were pirated.

      Wouldn't this be considered cruel & unusual punishment, just like forcing my kids to watch Barney should be considered child abuse??

  • by shodai ( 970706 )
    Why would anyone download a song off of Myspace? Honestly, i'd really like to know. Wouldn't it be easier to stick your head in a toilet and start screaming about your ex?
    • Obviously you didn't do your research. If you did, you'd know that MySpace is now one of the only places you can the classics from such remarkable and beloved artists as Milli Vanilli. Seriously. :)
    • I've personally experienced cases where I was looking for a remix of a song and the only place it was available was the DJ's page on MySpace. Go figure...
    • There are many independant artists on Myspace, many of which do not have a personal website, or if they do, do not have music on their sites. Myspace is an easy way for the independant artists to get recognized, and easily post their songs.
      • And when *AA manage to close MySpace down, those indy artists are gonna have to sign their lives away to permenant indenture to *AA in order for their music ot be heard.

        A win-win situation for *AA.

    • by shodai ( 970706 )
      Now I just feel like a troll. :(
      Off topic, but are there any rather exceptional indie bands on Myspace that you know of, and could you provide a link?
    • It may be an attempt to make emos happier, by giving them that music so they dont have to sit on the net to listen to it
  • It doesn't work.... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Stormx2 ( 1003260 )
    Am I missing something? It fails to grab any listings from any artists. Even the one used in the screenshot. Thats the web version and the desktop one.
    • I agree. I punch in the friend ID and it tells me there are no songs on the page, even when I am looking at it and its clear the artist has 5 or 6 songs on the page. The MySpace Informant sounds pretty cool, but MySpaceIM already does the same thing.
  • 1. Wait for 0-day news of product.
    2. Create a trojan with adware.
    3. Post a link to a "mirror" with the trojan. Bundling the original program is optional.
    4. Sit back and earn 0.25 per install.

    Caveat emptor.
    • by RMB2 ( 936187 )
      1. MySpace
      2. ???
      3. Profit

      It appears this guy is one of the first to figure out ??? ==
  • by linuxrunner ( 225041 ) on Saturday September 16, 2006 @04:51PM (#16121521) Homepage
    I just tried downloading off my buddies band page, just to see how/if it works, and nadda.

    So.. move along, nothing to see here.

  • ...Why do we need a whole program for this? It seems like the kind of thing you could easily do manually. Or better, a Firefox extension.
  • Doesn't work (Score:2, Informative)

    I tried it on four or five differnet artists, none worked.

    Maybe MySpace devs fixed the hole
    • It's a hole you can't fix. If I can download it for watching, I can save it. There is no way around that.
      • But you can fix (some) specific exploits, which is apparently what they did... Let's wait and see if the author of the program finds a way around that (if not, someone else can...).
  • If you are going to illegally download a song, why use backdoors like this, when they are all available on the p2p and bittorrent networks?
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      Because not all of the Myspace-hosted stuff is on P2P. A lot of unsigned bands upload their tracks, set them to no-download-allowed, but don't have CDs available. The only option left is to use TotalRecorder or MP3Gopher to grab the tracks.

      Or go to a live show (if any) and smuggle in a Minidisc recorder. I hear that's quite a popular option, too.

      • by tepples ( 727027 )
        A lot of unsigned bands upload their tracks, set them to no-download-allowed, but don't have CDs available.

        Have you tried contacting the band, asking them to burn and sell you a CD?

        • Yeah, I tried a few times, but every time I did it I either got a bounceback from some remote mailserver, or no reply at all.
          • by tepples ( 727027 )
            every time I did it I either got a bounceback from some remote mailserver

            Isn't it against TOS to continue to use the site with an invalid e-mail address?

            • Isn't it against TOS to continue to use the site with an invalid e-mail address?
              No idea, but I have no intention of squealing on someone to Myspace just for using a bouncing email address, especially if I like their music...
              Plus I seriously doubt Ms would actually do anything about it.
  • If you are using a Mac, Audio Hijack ( records live audio from any application (such as Safari) and saves it in whatever format is convenient for you. It's not as easy as this posted program since it is done in real time, but works with more than just MySpace.
  • by Mz6 ( 741941 ) * on Saturday September 16, 2006 @05:35PM (#16121651) Journal
    The "hack" worked when it was posted to digg about 2 days ago. Looks like it was fixed early this morning.
  • It doesn't work, and I'm glad. Giving alot of morons an easy way to get a song isn't that productive. If anyone really wanted the song, they'd record it or create a virtual audio driver that writes to a file as mentioned above, but morons are too lazy to do that.
  • The MySpace player encodes at a pretty crappy quality. If it's a major label act whose music you're trying to get, there are a million other places you could get it (and the rest of the album it's on) at a much higher quality.

    That leave indie artists ... and if it's an indie act whose music you're tryin to get, why not buy their freakin' CD instead of trying to rip them off?
  • Why would anyone want to download music from MySpace? It sounds like ass. Seriously, what is it, 32kbps? I realize that some bands post music on MySpace before they release it (like Weird Al), but I think I'd rather chop off my ears with a rusty knife than listen to those songs on anything other than some crappy CompUSA speakers.
  • Open Audacity.
    Set recording to stereo mix.
    Turn off or silence all other programs that might make a sound.
    Hit record.
    Open the myspace page with the music I want to "download".
    Wait until it's finished.
    Hit stop recording on Audacity.
    Cut out the beginning and ending dead air.
    Save file.

    • by Khyber ( 864651 )
      Gotta love the "What U Hear" feature in SBLive and higher cards! You can even do live mixing of effects to the music and it records like that (if you have a library of congress worth of preset effects, that is!)
  • For some reason I thought this hack would be a mozilla plugin that would automatically disable the myspace player when visiting a myspace page. Unfortunately, this hack doesn't protect web users from annoying music, it causes them to copy the horrible audio to their local computers. What's the phone number for DCMA enforcement?!?

  • everyone alredy now myspace was fucked everyone needs to go on hi5!!!
  • I thought gopher [] died a slow lingering death...
  • This program also downloads a dl.exe from the web. Pretty sure that's a known worm. Don't believe me, open the executible in a hex editor and search for "dl.exe".
    • by batquux ( 323697 )
      That or this guy's got other issues that injected the virus into this executible for him. False alarm?

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