post written by: Marc Chernoff

Turn Google into Napster 2000


Okay peeps, I’m sure most of you know how to use Limewire and Bittorrent these days.  But, I’ll bet you haven’t used Google to perform a quick Mp3 search for the nagging song that’s been stuck in your head all day.  The truth is that Google can be used to conduct a search for almost any file type, including Mp3s, PDFs, and videos.  This functionality has been available for a long time, but most users haven’t caught on to it.  So here’s a quick example of how to use Google to search for Mp3s.  It’s like turning Google into the Napster of 2000.

The following is a Google search string for searching open web directories containing downloadable Nirvana music files.  Substitute the term Nirvana in the search string for any other band of your liking.  You can always bookmark the search result for future use.

-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “Nirvana”

With some very slight modifications the same search string can easily be used to search for ebooks in DOC and PDF format:

-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(pdf|doc) “george orwell 1984″

Or perhaps your looking for some specific video file:

-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(mpg|wmv) “towelie”

You can check the official Google Advanced Search Operators page for further details on editing this search string to meet your specific needs.  Enjoy yourselves!

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94 Comments

  • Google search hacks are pretty powerful.  A site has actually been created to give a nice interface to this sort of Google music search.  Thought you might find it useful.
    http://www.ironlab.org/projects/findmusic.php

  • why can’t someone mock up a quick desktop app to do these searches more easily?

  • Here is another good web interface for the same Google mp3 hack.  The tool is at http://g2p.org/

  • Thanks for that, this will definately come in handy!

  • Great technical info.
    For the less tech savvy there is this mashup site that does the same thing :-)

    http://g2p.org/

  • Great info, but this stuff has been known for awhile now. At least among the tech savvy.

    http://www.g2p.org/
    http://www.tyoogle.com
    http://www.geocities.com/my_haz_runs/

  • g2p.org or tyoogle.com is also a great place for people to start on this.

    I once mixed “live” using combination of Media player and downloads from Google using this method. Start with one song and download the next related song and mix it in before the first one finishes. Then keep going! The best I managed was about 15 minutes I think. The only rule is that the file has to come from a different site each time.

  • Good Hack… i see a similar thing with password of cms on google source code.. :D :D

  • This begs the question whether one could create a front end to google that actually functioned like napster using google as the driving mechanism. ajax style napster anyone?

  • Done! G2P.org This guy uses the same concept but a slightly diff. search string. He has a v.informative google hacking page about how to search for other cool stuff. You can find it here:
    http://www.i-hacked.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=23

  • Utkarshraj Atmaram
    October 15th, 2006 at 2:29 am

    This also works:
    mp3 OR wma OR ogg OR anonymous “parent directory=” -module -modules

  • How can I locate PDFs or .mpp files?
    http://mungobah.blogspot.com

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  • […] -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “Nirvana” Just substitute the term “Nirvana” for any band or singer you might be looking for, and your search will lead you to open indexes that contain downloadable music files. — Wendy Boswell […]

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  • Another site that allows you to do this without actually remembering the special keywords - http://www.goofile.be.

    enjoy.

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  • […] I’ll bet you haven ’t used Google to perform a quick Mp3 search for the nagging song that’s been stuck in your head all day. The truth is that Google can be used to conduct a search for almost any file type, including Mp3s, PDFs, and videos. This functionality has been available for a long time, but most users haven’t caught on to it.read more | digg story […]

  • do u know where i can download psy trance from?

  • The Google Cheat Sheet includes how to do this, and more…

    Link: http://www.adelaider.com/google/ :)

  • I have never thought of something like this. Do you think its wrong. But anything is possible nowadays. We creat the technology and we control it and not the other way round.

    The tech shld not control as at all.

  • Cool stuff, thanks a lot.

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  • old old old news ..everyone and there grandma knows this one.

  • Definitely an awesome catch here. I told my roommate and a bunch of my friends about, they love it! Thanks for sharing this awesome search.

  • I’ve been using this to find some lovely, relative rarities I couldn’t locate elsewhere - I got an MP3 of the “Marching Season” drum solo as performed by Charlie Adams during a Yanni concert. I have the Live at the Acropolis video which features it and also own the CD, but it doesn’t have the drum solo.

  • I used to search for MP3s just like this, but people began to realize it wasn’t so clever to leave their apache directories open to the web when their monthly bandwidth bills came in.

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  • Many of the actual record company sites utilize Flash to play MP3’s that are stored on the site and referenced through ActionScript. You can utilize Firefox to browse your cache for “mp3″ for sites dumb enough to do this.

    http://www.douglaskarr.com/2006/08/10/firefox-flash-hack-download-justin-timberlakes-new-song/

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  • You have to go thru 10 sites to find one song. Just use limewire you oh-so-cool dumbasses.

  • Holyshit this is awesome!

    and personally I use Ares a FREE P2P program. Unlike limewire/napster everyone is equal online and content is easy to find.

    But your search engine I was able to find a queen album I’ve wanted.

    Thankyou!

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  • http://www.srchfor.com is a great one…

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  • is there a website like g2p but for apps. ?

  • You’re not going to find very many mp3s on google.

    Try a search for “mp3 filetype:mp3″. You get 986 hits. Out of all the millions of mp3s on the internet it finds only 986 because these results have been filtered at the request of you-know-who.

    You used to be able to find music by searching for filetype:ogg instead of mp3, however about 6 months ago they started blocking those too. In fact, the ogg filter is now so restrictive that if you search for filetype:ogg, you get only one site (wikimedia.org).

    Google is pretty much bending over backwards for the RIAA. You are not going to find music with google by searching for “mp3″ unless the site is on their (very short) whitelist.

  • Genius idea! and i am not being sarcastic.

  • Agreed with much of what was said here. This method can sometimes be effective but usually requires half an hour or more of searching before you can finally get a hold of a complete and valid version of the song you are looking for. It is generally most effective for the overplayed crap on the radio. If you want a more obscure song, or one that hasn’t had much attention recently, you’re going to have to find different solutions.

  • screw google, just use altavista’s mp3/audio search. It’s implemented right into their search engine. You can look for mp3’s, wav, mpeg, you name it. I’ve been using it for a good couple years now, and it comes in handy so much I’ve decided to add it to my firefox toolbar.

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  • Try http://www.g2p.org if you’re lazy. Also, try http://www.singingfish.com which works for both audio and video. It returns a nice-looking set of results (read: not just plain text). Also, http://www.sogou.com is useful too…just translate it from Chinese (Traditional, I believe). You’ll see a music button and after a search, just click on the little button that looks like a hard drive with an arrow pointing down. It’s not too hard.

  • Here is the best solution: http://www.srchfor.com ! I use it.

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  • OMG that is awesome!
    thanks so much for posting your knowledge. that Rocks!

    Cheers

  • Thanks for this useful info… My search results are now better and Google points out exactly what I need!

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  • nice discovery and thanks for sharing!

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  • Thanks for the nice tutorial and idea!

    Found through Lifehacker.

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  • Greetings from Germany, extrabreit. Perfect website! But unfortunately my music is not to be found in the Internet, probably too extravagant. Momentane Lieblingsband: such a surge
    My Music: http://www.suchasurge.de

  • Isn’t, um, Napster the Napster of 2000? Considering it was up and running in 2000?

    Wouldn’t this be the Napster of 2006?

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  • Oh and you guys win the prize. My entire office is shitting their pants laughing at your about section, and my office is 100+ people.

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  • Google gives us everything we need.

    That search string is great.

    Now combine it with Google’s online mp3 player:
    http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/08/google-mp3-player-found-in-gmail.html

    …and you got an online self-contained mp3 player.

    or better yet:
    http://del.icio.us/help/playtagger

  • I’ve been doing a similar google hack for over a year.

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  • Thanks for useful info!!!

  • Hi I would like to use this with permission in the next issue of my magazine which is released in February.

     Response from Marc:  As long as you reference our website name and URL as the source of the information, we don’t mind if you use our content. 

  • Thanks a million for this info.

  • Thanks, great post you guys!

  • Hi, I found your blog via google by accident and have to admit that you have a really interesting blog :-)
    Just saved your feed in my reader, have a nice day :-)

  • Hello folks. I want to all of you know, the world is mine. Oh, and your site good. Great Google hack! Greetz from Russia.

    Bye.

  • This is mini but helpful Tips for to search with google Advance search facility:

    http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=170880&seqNum=2&rl=1

  • @Brijesh:
    Thanks for the tip on that Google Hacking article. Not bad… ;-)

  • Huuuv nice choice of George Orwell - 1984 for the Google PDF search. :)
    Superb book

  • @Leoman:
    1984 is one of my favorite books of all time… no doubt about it! :-)

  • Figured I’d let you know that I have visited your site 755 times to use this article. Cheers.

  • Papaiti is my favorite by far.

  • Muy excelente!!! :-)

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