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Using Firefox & Google to find media

Tweet My mate over at webhelp.co.nz has an interesting post about his favourite Google Search, a nice little trick that allows you to quickly and easily find mp3, mp4, pdf, avi, mpeg, audio, music, videos, movies and much more. I thought I’d extend this a little by adding some new functionality to his search & [...]

My mate over at webhelp.co.nz has an interesting post about his favourite Google Search, a nice little trick that allows you to quickly and easily find mp3, mp4, pdf, avi, mpeg, audio, music, videos, movies and much more.

I thought I’d extend this a little by adding some new functionality to his search & introducing Firefox bookmarks as a quick and easy way to do your search.
Here search we are going to examine, a music search for “Arms wide open by Creed”. Here is the Google search:

intitle:”index.of” (mp3|wav|aff) arms.wide.open -htm -php -asp -jsp -swf

  • intitle:”index.of”
    • this tells Google to perform a search looking only for pages that have the words index and of in them (the dot can be a space a – or a _ ). Generally speaking this will return directory listings.
  • (mp3|wav|aff)
    • this part is what we call conditional, where the | means or. So this part tells google to look for mp3 or wav or aff. There is no limit to how many items you can put in here
  • arms.wide.open
    • this is the keyword(s) that we want to search. We replace spaces with . as this allows Google to match arms_wide_open as well as arms-wide-open and arms wide_open.
  • -htm -php
    • here are use the – element to say we don’t want these items. Generally we want to remove page endings as we are not looking for pages, but rather directory listings. So -htm will get rid of all htm and html pages.

So this is our basic search for music, nice, powerful and good at finding what we need. Try it, simply click the search above to see this one perform.

However, it’s a pain to try and remember all that, so lets set up a bookmark in Firefox that makes this a really simple thing.bookmark.png

  • First you want to copy the URL from Google
    (Right click here and bookmark/favourite link)
  • Next you want to add a new bookmark to Firefox.
  • Now the tricky part, you want to change the URL so that instead of saying arms.wide.open it says %s (see image on left).
  • Add a keyword ‘music’ and hit okay.

Now, in your address bar simply type they keyword (in my case, music) followed by what you want to search for eg: music sound.of.music. Firefox will automatically replace the %s with the keyword and perform the search for you.

Quick & easy – better than Kazar, Limewire, P2P and a lot faster too.

Here are some others I’ve created:
» Find and download any movie with Google
» Find and download any song, music or audio with Google
» Find and download any image or photo with Google

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