How to Download from pz10.com

Yet another very good, but not very popular resource of hindustani classical music is pz10.com (the pz stands for Punjabi Zone). The reason it being not too well known in the classical music circuit is, it’s rather unfriendly interface and strange indexing system. But, once you get the real feel of the site it could prove to be a true bonanza to all music lovers. One good thing about this site is that it streams it’s music in both .wma and .mp3 formats. Moreover, the mp3s are of 128 Kbps (near CD) quality, which is good enough reason to download from this site.

To music lovers for whom retrieving music from the Internet Explorer Cache is becoming a habit, I recommend they install ExploreXP (click here to download), a very small and free alternative to Windows Explorer which is easy to setup and can be configured to view all hidden and system files. Moreover it lets you view the filesize in Bytes rather than KBs which is the standard view in Windows Explorer.

ExploreXP settings :

Before attempting to download, clean your Internet Explorer cache completely, by either using the standard method of Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup, or by using an utility like CCleaner or even Index.bat (a batch code written by me for those who know their way around with the Command Prompt and Safe Booting).

Visit the music section of pz10.com. Click on the Hindustani Instrumental Music (its more than just instrumental really), and then on the View / Browse All Hindustani Instrumental Music Albums (or simply click here).

Choose the album you want to download.

Choose Flash Player, Select All Songs and click on the Play button. Let the songs play to their full length.

Inside the IE Cache, the song file will start to grow as it plays on :

After the caching is complete :

Retrieve the songs from the Internet Explorer Cache. ExploreXP will help you to do it with ease.

Another way to download is to search for flash[1].htm file in the cache which is the playlist file (this is tricky because sometimes it could be a jumbled 8 character name like CAX8KNTH.htm). If you are using the Windows Media Player as your player option, the playlist file will be named playlist[1].htm.

Open the file in notepad and copy the song URL (highlighted part) which looks like this :

[http://media.cdn.pz10.com/mm6/files/40/17812/17812-1.mp3 ?voxtoken=9c7c035c20238f84ff7b85b7b882ce65d204e35f]

Use a downloader like Flashget to download the file.

Note: The voxtoken=(+ a combination of letters and numbers) is a part of secure webcasting code by Voxel meant to prevent the users from downloading the music. As the voxtoken code changes every time you load the player, so does the URL of the song, preventing people from posting the songs on their blogs or elsewhere. This means, the URL is good enough for single use only.

The pz10.com team has a sense of humor too. An attempt to open the flash.asx (seemingly a playlist file, the path is mentioned in flash[1].htm), will give you this mocking message :

NO SOUP FOR YOU SHAME SHAME!!!!

Well, here is a spoonful, (of soup ?) for everyone to savour.

Girija Devi – Humse Najariya Kahe Pheri – Thumri :  (Download)

Apart from a sizeable collection of hindustani classical music, pz10.com also has a good number of regional songs including Bhojpuri and Rajasthani folk.

Enjoy !!

indianraga

6 Comments

  1. DW said,

    March 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    tanks…..I will came again..

  2. robol said,

    March 31, 2009 at 11:46 am

    great study on the website appreciated ur research. enjoy !

  3. JG said,

    April 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    pz.com even though claims to have 128 kbps songs actually has much poor quality mp3 simply inflated as 128 kbps. For example, download two tracks from this album: Best Of Ustad Rais Khan

    The quality is not even worth 64 kbps.

    But thanks for posting this blog. It is informative and entertaining.

    PS: BTW, you can easily download all the mp3 from pz using download helper with FF.

  4. indianraga said,

    April 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    You are almost right. Some of the songs, that I have downloaded from pz10.com are really poor in quality. But some of them are reasonably good. One more thing, pz10.com even accepts uploads from it’s users, eventually making its database a mixed quality. I think what the pz10.com site does is, re-encode all its songs into an uniform 128 kbps to hide this fact.

  5. Vikram said,

    April 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I am getting more traffic than PZ10 while using their music database on my website ..lol.

    Worth to watch website http://amritsarbuzz.com/music

    http://amritsarbuzz.com

  6. pz10com said,

    July 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    We are back with the latest new 2010 version of pz10,com . As you people had support and appreciate our services from last 10 years . Now we are going to launch our http://www.punjabizone10.com with a new look and more user friendly.

    Now you can Download (100% Free) , Listen , Watch Videos (of related songs ) all the Latest / old songs , albums , live shows , concerts of all the singers , artists whom you like to listen at pz10,com

    For more details with videos regarding this just log on to http://www.punjabizone10.com

    Thanks ,
    Amrit
    PZ10,COM


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