Now that eSnips keeps on evolving new methods to prevent users from downloading, users’ frustration is surmounting with each day.
A few days back they changed their default music player and when I made small modifications to my eSnips Downloader it stopped working with Firefox. Internet Explorer users were spared though.
As I am trying to keep pace with eSnips with every step they take, I have tried yet again to modify the code of the Downloader.
This time it would be anonymous downloading through a proxy server. This is not a permanent solution though but as I said before, I am keeping pace with eSnips everday and every time.
Some self explanatory screenshots of the all new eSnips Downloader (Link Generator) :
With Internet Explorer :
Step One : Generate your link as before and click on the generated link.
Step Two : Depending upon the security settings of Internet Explorer – it’s a small piece of caution that you are about to download a file from some alien territory – right click on the message below the title bar of the Downloader and choose ‘download file’, or you may click the bold orange coloured link itself in the main window.
Step Three : Save your file.
With Firefox it’s lot easier. The first and the third steps are the same as in Internet Explorer. There is no warning of downloading an unkown file.
I am not very sure if this will work forever. Why, it may stop working a few hours from now.
P.S : I have not tried it, but this new code could byepass the bandwidth problem too. Now, this surely means being ‘eSnips-eccentric’…
As eSnips has changed it’s default music player from windows media player to a flash player, old download tricks have stopped working.
Although the doc to nsdoc trick still works with downloaders like Flashget and Orbit (Grab++), it isn’t working when the URL is changed in the address bar of the browser itself and by pressing Enter. Only a blank page will appear when done so.
To let users continue downloading from eSnips without taking the pains of modifying each URL, I have rewritten the code of the eSnips Downloader (Link Generator). Find the link in the sidebar of my other music blog : indianraga.blogspot.com. It allows you to download as before. You can click on the generated link, or if you like, save the file by right clicking the link and save target as…
But the bandwidth problem still persists. eSnips is not the same place as it used to be before. As for me, I have stopped uploading more to my music folders.
Meanwhile continue downloading files from accounts that have no bandwidth problems (those with less visitors).
Problems galore persist at eSnips. The whole of December has passed away with users facing one problem or the other, many facing the dilemma of whether to move away from eSnips and search for greener pastures. A recent happening at eSnips : users’ files are dying a slow death the ‘poison’ still being unknown. Everyday friends at eSnips are reporting that files are being removed or blocked indiscriminately without any logic or reason given.
Suppose I have uploaded a full album of an artist, I find only a couple of the songs being removed or blocked, whereas others are playing as before. So there are are no copyright issues I suppose. eSnips should inform individuals and point out the files which are a cause of concern to them. Let users remove the files themselves or take the risk of their accounts being banned or cancelled.
One more discovery I have made (eSnips is proving itself to be an interesting maze puzzle, at the cost of being laughed at later on), if your file is still showing in your folders and only gives an error when you attempt to play it, you can still salvage it. Just move such files to any of your private folders and you will find that they are still there, playing as before but better be quick in doing this and don’t share them for the time being.
I for myself am worried because my music files belong to a dying genre of music and is going through a ‘renaissance’ period. Today’s younger generation is being drawn towards it after a gap of almost 50 years. The whole of 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s were the decades when Hindi film music ruled the roost and hindustani classical music was a word alien to the younger generation. Some of the artists which I have featured are no more in this world and let me say no longer remembered (no copyright issues here atleast). Many others are very young and are quite happy to find their music doing the rounds on the internet. In fact some of them have even contacted me personally and showed their pleasure after knowing that their music is being lapped up (read loved) by the new generation of hindustani classical music lovers.
Now a little about my eSnips Downloader. It’s been there all along since 15th of December in the links section of the sidebar of my other blog :
(must admit I spent quite a few sleepless nights until I finished upon it… ) but many of my visitors failed to notice it and continued to pay their attention only on the tips & tricks of downloading at eSnips. This eSnips Downloader is the easiest thing to use…no install required or anything of that sort. Just a click of the mouse and you are done. As I am not a techie or a software professional, I have tried my best to make it simple and easy to use. A few of you who have been complaining their music opening up in a player instead of dowloading will find this very useful because I have added an extra piece of code forcing the file to download and not play.
I admit, I am a very laid back person and have not done much effort to publicise it. See some screenshots of the eSnips Downloader at work :
And after the download link is generated :
Since yesterday I have been flooded with queries about the missing ‘download‘ button and an easy way to dupe eSnips into letting all users to download mp3 files freely. I posted a few tips & tricks to download music files, button or no button. After posting these tips I was still uncertain whether all users would go as far as searching the Cache of Internet Explorer or even downloading Flashget and follow the instructions given in the post.
As most of us are not techies or for that matter even computer savvy, I pursued in my quest to find an easier way out and make things easier for fellow eSnippers. At last I discovered a big security lapse at the eSnips server.
Now as you open an user’s music folder you need to click on the music file you want to play. I presume that most of you want that file to play in a new window but many of you just click the link and the player opens up in the same window. In both the cases the window will look like the image given below :
As you can see the URL in the Internet Explorer or Firefox address bar looks like this :
Now click your mouse in the address bar itself and change doc (after http://www.esnips.com/) to nsdoc and remove the name of the file (including the slash), in this case : /Jai-Uttal—Spirit-Room—02—Guru-Bramha. Your modified URL in the address bar will now look like this (you may check out this trick by clicking on the following URL ):
Now just press Enter. Lo and behold your file is ready for download. No need for downloading Flashget or searching fervently for your needed file in the ever bloated Internet Explorer Cache.
You will see this window after you press Enter :
This window will inadvertently remind you of the good-old-days of the green download button and may drive you to nostalgia. Just click on Save and watch your mp3 being downloaded as before.
Good old downloading days are here again …. till eSnips catches up with this too.
Listen to this same song while you watch your file being downloaded :
P.S : For those who are still experiencing problem in downloading (mainly those who are complaining about their files opening in an embedded player), I have hurriedly made a ‘eSnips Downloader‘ that does all the work for you. See link in the side bar of my other blog : indianraga.blogspot.com