October 17, 2006

Google for Music

Lifehacker is one of the most interesting - and useful sites -- out there. I always find amazing tips and tweaks to save time or do neat things with my PCs and other gadgets. I loved Napster when it was at its height in 1999. Other P2P applications have never quite measured up, though YouTube and .torrent clients have certainly taken video sharing to a place that Shawn Fanning may never have dreamed about in his undergrad days over at Northeastern.

But what if you only needed a Web browser and a fast Internet connection to harvest .MP3s online? Try out this great Google hack from Wendy Boswell. Enter the following text into the Google search field.
* -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:"index of" +"last modified" +"parent directory" +description +size +(wma|mp3) "Nirvana"
Exchange the term "Nirvana" for any band or singer you want to search for and you'll find open indices of songs.

Pretty neat. It worked like a charm when I looked for Gnarles Barkley. Thanks, Wendy - and Marc and Angel, where she originally found the search string.

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