problem downloading music (legally)

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by Alan Moorman, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. Alan Moorman

    Alan Moorman Guest

    I've just made an online purchase of an album, which is presented by
    the site as a dozen individual tracks, not as one big file.

    When I've clicked on a given track's on screen indicator (no, it
    isn't a file name) I can't get the usual menu which includes a: Save
    File as.....

    Neither a left click nor a right click have that usual option in the
    menu, for some reason.

    If I simply click on one of the tracks, it apparently begins
    "downloading" but what I get is a Quicktime screen, with a progress
    bar and with player controls. I can play the track.

    I've let several complete "downloading" in this way, but they don't
    appear to end up saved on my drives, anywhere.

    I've rebooted, tried again, even tried with dreaded Internet
    Explorer. With IE a similar, but slightly different thing happens.
    I get a "done" after a few seconds, but the dsl activity lights
    continue to indicate activity for about as long as it would take to
    download the file (my guess).

    Still can't find any file on my drives.

    I've done several system-wide searches, including "all files of the
    type" which would be mp3 and while I came up with several
    hundred .mp3 files, none of them were the ones I was trying to

    Somehow, I'm guessing that this may be a problem with the website? Is
    there anything I can tell the guy who runs it that might result in
    his site functioning more normally? (I know him very slightly,
    but he's a good guy, and isn't trying to rook anyone out of not
    getting product. . .)

    Thanks for your kind consideration of this (probably) OT subject!

    Alan Moorman
    Alan Moorman, Oct 17, 2006
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  2. Have you tried right clicking and selecting Save Link As? That should
    open Download Manager, and let you select the location of the download.

    If that doesn't work, I'm afraid I'm out.

    Since it failed with both IE and FF, and since we can't test ourselves,
    not having made the purchase, I am afraid you have to work with the site
    owner. Since you know him, I am sure he can help get the file to you.

    Leonidas Jones, Oct 17, 2006
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  3. Alan Moorman

    Ed Mullen Guest

    Absolutely impossible to help without a URL to check out.

    Ed Mullen
    Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening all at once.
    Ed Mullen, Oct 17, 2006
  4. Alan Moorman

    Alan Moorman Guest

    In fact, it wasn't his problem. It was the Firefox setting about how
    to handle mp3 files. It was set to play them with QT (which I guess
    was the default).

    I changed the setting so that it downloaded them. It works!




    It's not that I think stupidity should be punishable by death.
    I just think we should take the warning labels off of everything
    and let the problem take care of itself.

    Alan Moorman, Oct 17, 2006
  5. Just out of curiosity, was this a Firefox setting or a Quick Time
    setting? If it was in Firefox, how did you change the setting?

    In either case, a right click and Save Link As should have gotten past it.

    Leonidas Jones, Oct 17, 2006
  6. Alan Moorman

    Alan Moorman Guest

    ....and, of course, if that HAD worked, this thread wouldn't have been
    started in the first place. . . . . .

    this opens a menu of various file types, with the action that is
    current. Such as "open and view with __________"

    I had to change mine from that to "download" in order to make it work
    the way I expected.

    Any idea why the default would be something like "view" instead of



    It's not that I think stupidity should be punishable by death.
    I just think we should take the warning labels off of everything
    and let the problem take care of itself.

    Alan Moorman, Oct 18, 2006
  7. That's why I said should. It may be something in the way the page was
    coded, without seeing it we can't tell, and it really doesn't matter anyhow.

    As to the setting, its not a default setting, at some point you set it.

    If you set up a clean profile, the list in View and Edit Actions will be
    blank. The list gets populated when you encounter files, and get the
    dialog asking whether you want to open the file, and gives the chance to
    select the program with which to open it, or to download it. There is a
    box to check, something like Always perform this action with this type
    of file.

    If you check that box, Firefox remembers the action for that type of
    file, and stores that action in the list. At some time, you, or someone
    using your profile, must have encountered an mp3, choose the play it
    with QT, and selected to remember the action. That's the only way an
    action gets in that list.

    Leonidas Jones, Oct 18, 2006
  8. Alan Moorman

    Alan Moorman Guest

    No. I didn't.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.


    Haagen-Dazs translates roughly as:

    "one container, one serving"

    Alan Moorman, Oct 23, 2006
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