As most of you will know, your playlist controls are rather restricted in Last.fm. You can’t pause or navigate songs, never mind downloading; that’s what makes the service so cheap to use.
Downloading songs from Last.fm instead of YouTube poses a number of advantages; not least when we’re reviewing audio quality. Nevertheless, actually retrieving the mp3 files is an intricate tale, with more than enough blood, sweat and tears to mimic a war zone – Jason K. talked you through the process with Proxomitron and Firefox. Using Free Music Zilla, it gets a whole lot easier.
Last.fm isn’t the only social music service, but they all tell a similar tale. There are different advantages to different services, but downloading the music is far from easy. Free Music Zilla, a free, light-weight Windows application, can help you with almost all of those services, including Last.fm, Pandora, Myspace, IMEEM, eSnips, MOG and iJigg.
Unlike the well-known and often used YouTube Downloader, Free Music Zilla doesn’t track down your file from the web URL. Instead, it keeps a close eye on your internet activity and sniffs out all music files that are present on the webpage.
Any Browser You Want
These tools often work in conjunction with add-ons for one specific browser. Free Music Zilla tracks your browser activity from the outside in, so you don’t need to install any additional add-ons. This enables you to use it with nearly any browser you want.
Free Music Zilla monitors only Internet Explorer and Firefox by default. If you use a different browser, you’ll have to give the application a hand. Open the Tools menu and select Preferences. Under the Monitoring tab, you can enable your browser. Locate more obscure browsers by checking Custom and navigating to your browser, or if you use multiple browsers on your PC, enable all of them.
How To Download MP3 Files From A Social Service
To download an MP3 file to your computer, first make sure your browser is enabled in the settings (see above) and Free Music Zilla is running. With your browser, surf to the social service and use it like you normally would. Once you hear something you like, switch to Free Music Zilla, where you should see the file listed; MP3 if the content is audio-only, MOV, MP4 or FLV if video is included. If you’re unsure which file to download, look at the time it was added.
You can tick off the checkbox next to a file and hit the Download button to save it to your computer. You have to especially mind the Leech Timeout column. This is inherent to the anti leech protection these social services use, and what makes it so hard to download. Once the countdown reaches zero, you’ll be unable to download the file, so try to make it fast enough.
Free Music Zilla is one of the most – no, the easiest tool to download from sites like IMEEM and Last.fm. Do you know any other alternatives? Let us know in the comments below!