How to Rip Music From MySpace

A quick step guide that will show you how to rip audio from MySpace and any other site that allows you to stream music on your PC.

There are many audio files available for playback on the venerable MySpace site yet, very few are available as downloads. There’s a number of ways to bypass this problem and I will cover two of best the methods here for you to use, the first being the easiest.

A. FreeMusicZilla
B. Audacity

FreeMusicZilla

1. Download and install FreeMusicZilla.

2. Open FreeMusicZilla, visit the desired MySpace page, and play the song you want to download. Whatever music track you select will then automatically be grabbed by FreeMusicZilla.

3. Select the grabbed music track and press the DOWNLOAD button. Your download should then begin. Make sure you begin downloading the track before the “Leech Timeout” counter runs out otherwise you’ll have to refresh the page.

EXAMPLE:

In the picture below I used the MySpace page of my buddy DJ Destructo Bunny. He’s a local up and coming hip-hop artist and I urge you to show some support if you like what you hear by either buying a track or two or by trying to check out one of his upcoming shows.

NOTE: FreeMusicZilla places your downloads in the location “C:downloads” by default.

Audacity

1. Download and install Audacity.

2. Now we need to install a LAME MP3 encoding driver so you can save tracks in the .mp3 format.

First download the driver, which you can do here. It’s in ZIP file format, so for those of you who are unfamiliar with what ZIP files are, there’s a guide here at Zeropaid you can take a look at.

Now drag and drop the driver in the location shown below, “C:/WINDOWS/system.”

3. Select “Wave Out Mix” as the audio recording device.

EXAMPLE:

Now it’s time to find some audio tracks to rip.

A good friend of mine is the lead-singer for a band called The Wagon here in San Diego and has been kind enough to allow me to use his band’s music on MySpace for this tutorial.

The image below is of the band’s page. Notice how the top two songs are available for download and the bottom two are not. We’re going to rip the second song from the top titled “End of Summer,” a personal favorite of mine not to mention timely with Summer drawing to a close.

Now with Audacity and the MySpace page open, click the “record button” on Audacity as shown below and then quickly press the “play button” on the End of Summer track. The track should begin to play and thereby be displayed as eloquent peaks and valleys of music in the Audacity track window.


When the song is finished playing press the “stop button” on Audacity. This will of course stop the recording and allow us to go back and edit the song.

The reason we need to edit the song is because there will be periods of silence in both the beginning and end of our recording. This silence is the delay in reaction time it took for us to both start and stop the process.

Using the scrollbar on the bottom of the track window, scroll back to the beginning of the recording as pictured below.

Using the mouse place your cursor as close to the beginning of the song as possible, then click and drag it all the way to the left and release. We have just selected the silence in the front of the track, which we will now discard by pressing the “delete button” on your keyboard.

Now we need to do the same thing for the end of the recording. To do so simply scroll to the end of the track and then select and delete the silence as you did with the beginning of the track. It’s that easy.

From the “File” tab select “Export as MP3″ as shown below.

It will then prompt you to select a name to save it as, which in this case will be “End of Summer.”

After clicking on the “Save” tab, it will then ask you to “locate the LAME MP3 encoder” we just installed.

Hopefully you remember where we just put it but, just in case I’ll show you where to go.



Once this is done it’ll begin to encode the track and turn it into an MP3, the music file type necessary to play on your iPod or whatever media player of choice.

And with this ladies and gentleman the track is ready to go.

Admittedly, configuring the Audacity program to perform as necessary initially takes a little while, but once this is done future recordings or “ripping” of audio files will be a breeze.

Tags Music, myspace, rip
Jared Moya

I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates.

151 comments
meyou123
meyou123

@BDSKATE...You can't make requests for illegal software on ZP!

faeriel
faeriel

Help!? I don't have the "wav out mix" as an option. I've got microphone phone line line in CD/Video In Aux/Line in 2 Stereo mix and mono mix...But no wav out mix. Do I need to download that from somewhere? If so could someone please tell me where?

mrshizzle2002
mrshizzle2002

Faeriel what you need to do is select stereo mix. The information was very very helpful

F0wler
F0wler

That's a really useful guide. Thanks xtc.

phxbigdog
phxbigdog

Very Cool! This is just what I've been looking for :)

BDSKATE
BDSKATE

Oh sorry (My friend wanted me to tell him where to find it)

davetheman
davetheman

Why would you do that? The quality is sucky.

soulxtc
soulxtc

@davetheman.......how else can u get a track that you couldnt get otherwise?

Peter Stroker
Peter Stroker

Very misleading title. This is not about ripping at all but rather just recording what's playing on your computer. I've used this method as a last resort since the beginning using SoundForge. Very disappointed that I still can't rip the exact file from YouTube and MySpace. One note to those using this method: if computer sounds are enabled (ie: mouse clicks etc.) those will also be recorded. Disable computer sounds first through the Control Panel while recording. Soulxtc I think a title change of this guide would be appropriate. Your efforts are appreciated though.

jls21th
jls21th

Help!? Me too please... Can´t click on the drop down menu at all It´s all grey! So i really can´t choose the "Wave Out Mix" or any other applications. Have checked if i have the right version of the program and it looks that i have. (1.2.4b) have tried the most recent ones too but no success.. Do i need some sort of plug-in or anything to make it "accessible*? (the drop down menu)

soiuruyw
soiuruyw

Whether "wave out mix" is available or something like it depends on your soundcard and driver. Secondly recording an MP3 (or other compressed audio) over the internet and recording it gets you MP3 quality even though you record to a wave file. Re-encoding to MP3 makes the quality even worse. NOT the same as downloading the file.

Shackles
Shackles

Brilliant my quality only went down a bit. I couldnt find the plug-in so I had to use the stereo mix. None-the-less it came out awesome sounding almost like the original really really close to it. This would be the only time I'd resort to something like this. These band 'Everlasting Lie' that I got the song from are Japanese street bands and its almost impossible to get their music yet they're so talented. Thanks a lot for helping to keep piracy moving and to get a persons favorite rare song.

BDSKATE
BDSKATE

That's sweet. Im still waitin for my tutorial though. Oh yeah this is off topic but would anyone know where to find the Godfather PSP video game torrent? Im dying to get it!

musicguy
musicguy

I can share several tools I am using to get music: 1) virtual audio streaming, a recording tool to record "what u hear". 2) listen to youtube, listen to youtube mp3 online... 3) free youtube to mp3 converter, as its name says, a free youtube to mp3 converter soft. I uses these tools for a several months and they are perfect.

brohannan
brohannan

That's not ripping music from sites. That's recording a shitty quality song from the internet. Hello mono sound.

Lily
Lily

this is cool stuff , always wanted to leech stuff off myspace to hard disk.

sexy
sexy

hahaha no not funny

John
John

area ?? haha funny man.. You crack me up. Well i agree with you, but who cares what others do, get a life and more on. HAHA HAHA HAHAH roll over HAHAH

Kkos
Kkos

The Zilla works brilliant in Explorer! not in Firefox for me....

JohnyS
JohnyS

anyone heard of a program called musicjacker? i've been using it for a couple of weeks now and it works brilliantly.

R
R

is spawny still around his method was the best but the site has been suspended for now, i would happily help pay for the upkeep cost of that site... Spawny you around?

John
John

I've tried this but couldn't get it to work. GrabThatFile.com did though (and a lot easier too)

Musician
Musician

You all suck ass, actually it's worse cos that could be consensual. Plus you get pants sound quality that way, get some class.

eliane
eliane

thanks a lot for stealing music that costs thousands and thousand of dollars to and hundreds of hours to create. obviously you have never talked to a musicians.

takeyoutube.com
takeyoutube.com

To download video with myspace I use service takeyoutube.com

True Dat
True Dat

For real- You think I wanna keep recording and putting my tunes out there so people can rip them for free and leave me HAVING to pedal my way through the shitty night clubs and pubs to try and get paid?? Come on, the sound quality at a live venue is never as good. In my recordings I get the control, I put in the LOVE. And it shows. So show some love back.

pissed
pissed

Why don't you buy it so bands can keep recording IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dying4lyfe
dying4lyfe

musicjacker for myspace is brilliant! it not only allows you to download any song off a bands playlist but allows you to download albums too! even gets the id3 tags. http://musicjacker.com

karry
karry

try this software which can remove drm from iTunes music, Zune Marketplace music, Napster, Rhapsody, Music Giants, Bearshek, M4P/AAC/WMA,

gwar2k
gwar2k

the only method i could get working was the audacity method. couldnt work on my laptop because my video card didn't support the wave capture feature. worked fine on my desktop though. for anyone that has the sound quality record crappy, don't use stereo mix. use wave. hope that helps everyone

jude
jude

with the new myspace player Firefox program no longer works

gunter
gunter

music jacker is shite... u might as well download firefoxe's ( if ur a firefox user) addons which download songs from myspace in flv format and then convert them into mp3... he difference s that music jacker charges for this.. the addon (of firefox) is free

jim
jim

doesn't work, audacity has greyed out box so i can;t select the recording input and free music zilla does fuck all

fonzo
fonzo

this shit aint help nothing

Anonymous
Anonymous

The music files are stored in the 'Temporary Internet Files' folder as ...htm's with cache names with an for example Internet Explorer icon, if You use IE. You have to open up for hidden files to see, what's in the 'Temporary Internet' folder I guess. You have to do that under folders/options for folders. When You listen to a music number fx. in Myspace You can figure out, which htm-icon the song has, if You upload 'Temporary Internet Files' folder regulary at the same time as playing the music. When You have choosen the htm-icon, You think the music number is stored as, You right click on it and go to options. There You see, what the music number is called in cache or htm.name (and the kind of url for it) and maybe Orbit or some other new program can convert that htm/url name to music/mp3's. Don't know which program and wont use it myself, because it's not legal... But I'm making music myself and thought it could be nice to grab my own songs, if the pc strikes and You have to reinstall Windows... Hopefully not.. LOL Guess more easy to store them on external USB drives.. Hmmm...

hayley
hayley

this doesnt even work

Phil
Phil

There are dozens of programs to "rip" off the soundcard like the Audacity process described above (you could play a DVD and take the sound off that if you wanted to...) As for actual downloading: Until recently, I was just using Firefox with the DownloadHelper plugin (http://www.downloadhelper.net/ - very nice) but that has also stopped picking up Myspace streams :( Also the mp3 no longer shows up in IE's "Temporary Internet Files" folder which it used to. So my conclusion is Myspace must've done something funny.

WOW
WOW

Thats quite complicated for one little mp3 file.....

prince
prince

how do u get music from yur computer to yur ipod nano

Marine
Marine

This works like a charm! Thanks a lot! And about the «Wave Out Mix» I couldn't select it either but it works when I go to: > edit > preferences > Audio I/O tab > Recording, device and then choose «Wave Out Mix» Worked for me :)

martina
martina

hi. I downloaded the musiczilla program and I'm trying to download this song from myspace. everything works great except I don't know how to select just one song cause it downloads the whole webpage to my computer, can you please help me and instruct me how to select just this one song? tnx

dying4lyfe
dying4lyfe

I've been using this program and it works great, even gets the ID3 tags: www.musicjacker.com

!@#$!
!@#$!

ok so my audacity doesn't have a wave out mix option, does that matter?

juarez
juarez

i agree with slimbeam, you dont realise the time, money, and effort people take to make a record. What happens when everyone stops paying for music and artists simply cant afford to record music any more?

slimbean
slimbean

This is the reason why alot of artist don't wanna post their music. I will admit this is a clever way of getting music, but if have these guys would take their genius minds and put it towards better use they would be Rich. I figured most the comments left here are from non musicians so you wouldnt understand. Some of us actually work hard in this industry to make a living. By the time you figure all these loop holes out just to get a song, you couldve just bought the damn mp3 for buck. Come on people get a life and spend your time making a positive difference instead creating a monster.