MP3s in the office: Part 3

Alright, in Mp3s in the office: Part 1 and MP3s in the office: Part 2  I showed you how to get those delightfully delicious directories, those storehouses of audio goodness that fill me with a lust that can only be quenched by leeching bandwidth and filling my coffers with mp3-coins. Each directory I find and loot is a badge of honor…like an ear cut from a vanquished foe in battle that I proudly wear around my neck…

Sorry, I started rambling there for a minute. Alright, last time I showed you where to find the mp3s, but now, what should you do with them? Should you right-click and Save As for hundreds, possibly thousands of files? Hell no! You’re better than a damned animal, aren’t you?

If your answer is yes…keep reading.
So, you’re better than an animal, eh? Okay, I’ll take your word for it. The question remains…how? How are you better than an animal?

Tools. Tools mark the distinction between us and them.

The first tool we’ll be using is an extension for Firefox. If you’re not using Firefox, maybe it’s time you did. If not, there are still tools that you can use although they aren’t as pretty.


What you usually see when you start DownThemAll
It’s a Firefox extension, so the installation is easy and to use it all I have to do is right click in a directory, apply the correct filter and let it get to work. It’s almost ready to use right out of the box, but we’ll need to change a few things first.

Create a new filter.
In your browser, select Tools->DownThemAll->Preferences then make sure to click on Filters and you should be at a window like this…These are the Preferences, here you can create a filter which help weed out the crap you don’t want/need

Now, if for some reason you don’t see the “Add new filter” button don’t worry, all you have to do is resize the Preferences window.

Alright, so you now you need to click the “Add new filter” button, and you should see the following…Caption and Filtered Extensions to be filled in The text in the Caption field will be the name of the filter. You can name yours whatever you’d like, but I’m a bit anal retentive when it comes to this sort of thing so I am going to name mine Audio (mp3, wma, ogg, flac) so that I’ll know exactly what it will pick up.

This brings us to the much more important, “Filtered extensions” field. If you’re feeling ambitious (or are a power user) then brush up on RegEx filters, as this is what goes in the Filtered extensions field.

If you just want to get to the meat of the issue, in the Filtered extensions field, enter: /\/[^\/\?]+\.(mp3|wma|ogg|flac)$/ This will set the filter to only download certain filetypes, namely mp3, wma, ogg, and flac.

Now, make sure that the Reg. Ex. box is checked and you should now have a filter that looks like this in your Preferences window Preferences window with nifty RegEx filter

Note the structure of the filter, how would you go about quickly changing the filter to also allow WAV files? If you are lazy and don’t feel like actually learning RegEx filters, all you would need to do is add “|wav” after flac and before the closing parenthesis. The new Filtered expression would look like this: /\/[^\/\?]+\.(mp3|wma|ogg|flac|wav)$/ The “|” is like telling the filter to look for mp3 OR wma OR ogg OR flac OR wav. You could keep adding to this for whatever filetype that you would like.

Alright, now that we’ve added our filter, let’s get to downloading…

Open up DownThemAll by either right clicking on the page and selecting “DownThemAll” from the context menu or go to Tools -> DownThemAll -> DownThemAll.

Make sure that you have the box checked for the appropriate filter, Audio (mp3, wma, ogg, flac), and you should now see this Alright, let’s leech this sucker’s bandwidth

Those of you that are more astute than your mp3 hungry brethren should take note of the URL in this picture, as it contains a wealth of mp3 files (hint hint).

We’re almost home here, just some basic maintenance before we let the mass migration of mp3s begins. Make sure that you save your files where you want to save them, click the folder icon in the DownThemAll main window to open up a small file browser, then make sure to set your renaming mask…

Oh, that’s right. I almost forgot to show you that. The following picture shows the options you can set as part of your renaming tags.Naming Masks, simple yet elegant

If you’re like me, and don’t really need all of the information available, just leave it as *name*.*ext*. This will cause the files to be named with their normal filename and extension. Feel free to mix and match the different options as you see fit. You could have a renaming mask set with *url*-*d*.*ext* which would name your file after the URL, then the day then the extension.

Okay, now that everything is set, it’s time to hit Ye Olde Start Button. You will see another box popup that will show you the progress of all of your mp3 files. It looks rather like this…Go Downloads Go!

While you’re waiting for those suckers to finish downloading, grab a lemonade and relax, DownThemAll will be sure to let you know they are finished by playing a very loud sound, make sure to turn your speakers all the way up to feel the great sense of accomplishment that comes with this.

Well, that should take care of you kids for today, until next time, keep those MP3s rollin’.


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