If you're from Toronto, you know 102.1 the Edge as a famous local radio station dedicated to new music.
You'll also know that the station manager has a weekly show called The Ongoing History of New Music. A great show, but at almost an hour long, you usually can't listen to it in one sitting. They offer a stream off of their website (above) and a random podcast, but no real way download the shows you want to listen to to your mp3 player.
Or is there?
Well Stream Crossers, I, Soundwave, have cracked the code! Their internet site actually streams mp3's, which means that somewhere out there in www-land is a pile of Edge radio shows, just waiting to be listened to. But how?
1) Go to The Ongoing History of New Music and find the show you want to hear.
2) Click on it and a new window will open and the show will soon start playing. Right click on the page, and click on "Show Source". If you didn't get that option, you clicked on a flash portion, try again somewhere else.
3) A window with the source code will pop up. Somewhere on the site you will see a code like this: OHNM0559_01
4) That code represents the episode and segment (ie show0559, segment 1). Every episode has 4 segments.
5) Now in your browser, type in http://bstreamcorus.streamtheworld.com/OHNM/OHNM0546_01.mp3 (replace the code with that of the episode you want). Hit enter and save the segment to disk.
6) Now do this three more times, changing the _01 to _02,_03, and _04. Repeat with each episode you want.
Update (2008-11-18): If you are following steps 5 & 6 and Quicktime is playing the mp3 in the browser and won't let you download the file, here are some options:
1) Disable Quicktime from playing mp3's. If you are using Firefox 3, go to Tools > Options, then click on Applications. Here you can specify what happens with particular file types. Look for mp3 under content type and change the Action to Save or Always ask. If part of the Content Type is hidden because the column is too narrow, just hover the mouse over it and a small pop up will appear with the full text.
This option can be reversed afterwards.
2) Install the "Down them all" extension. Then after restarting Firefox, go to Tools > Manager. Then click on Add URL's and paste the mp3 link into the pop-up box. Don't forget to add the target folder as well.
The extension can also be uninstalled when you are finished if you want.
3) If the above doesn't work, open Quicktime, then go to Edit > Preferences > Quicktime Preferences. Go to the Browser tab, and uncheck "Play movies automatically". This works in Firefox and IE.
4) Also, you can stop Quicktime from loading in the background at boot time (in Windows) by going to Start > Run. Then type msconfig and click OK. The System Configuration Utility will pop up. Go to the Startup tab and uncheck the entry for QTTask. Then click OK. You may need to reboot for this to work.
If you have Firefox, you can use DownThemAll, and the Make Numbered List bookmarklet to download them all at the same time.
1) Install DownThemAll and set up the "Make Numbered List" bookmarklet.
2) Now follow the steps above up to and including step 5. Don't save the file, cancel the save prompt.
3) Now click on the "Make Numbered List" bookmarklet. This will bring up a new page. Set the 01 to cycle from 1 to 4 (check the Pad with Zeros checkbox). This will generate a series of unique links for each segment. You can even cycle the show number if you wish so it will generate a series of shows with all four segments linked.
4) Use DownThemAll to download all the files at once without having to click and save each one individually.
Enjoying history was never so entertaining!
Until next time, keep listening and keep on having fun!
"bah weep graaagnah wheep ni ni bong"