You encounter a link to an MP3 file but it takes ages to download before you can even start to listen. You probably even haven’t got the time to sit down and listen right now, so you’d want to save it on your MP3 player without too much hassle – the way you do with MP3s in a podcast. Recognize the situation? If so, here’s my MP3 lifehack for you:
(The quality of the above screencast might depend on your bandwidth. All links mentioned are in the following text as well.)
- Get Greasemonkey.
If you haven’t heard of this Firefox extension (or still don’t see why you’d even need to switch to Firefox!) check out a previous posting on Greasemonkey
- Install the Del.icio.us MP3 userscript.
- The result: on any webpage with linked MP3 links, the power of Greasemonkey makes the inline player appear, exactly like in the playtagger examples. Now you can listen to the audio right away, and decide whether you want to have it on your MP3 player for off-line listening. If so, click the “tag this” button and save the MP3 link to del.icio.us like you would do with any other link – use e.g. the tag “tolisten” as a reminder (analogous to the often-used tags “toread” or “toprint” in del.icio.us :-) ).
- Now filter your del.icio.us account with the “magic” tag “system:filetype:mp3”:
Not only you have the list of all your mp3 files, the corresponding rss link http://del.icio.us/rss/<username>/system:filetype:mp3 under the icon will be a full-fledged podcast (= with mp3 enclosures) you can feed to your podcatcher (=podcasting client).
You do not need to assign this “system” tag yourself in order to be able to filter on it – Del.icio.us infers them from the file extension – did you know del.icio.us has similar tags for video, images and documents as well?
- By refining your selection with your own tags (such as “tolisten”, or “jazz”, or “interview”, whatever), you create your own shareable playlists.
Update October 23d:
- Jon Udell’s referral to the screencast reminded me of another trick to collect a series of loose MP3 links on a page in one swoop: see Jon’s screencast on how to use the Webjay page (and bookmarklet) for this
- I replaced the self-hosted flv video file with a version hosted by Revver. I have been comparing video sharing sites to host screencasts, and I’ll post my evaluations soon.
- [tags]del.icio.us, mp3, podcasting, greasemonkey, lifehack, audio, screencast, syndication, inlineflashplayer, playtagger, inline+flash+player[/tags]