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Using RMP playlists in iTunes 3.0 Desktop
I have been using eMusicAlbumDownload and TafKar for my eMusic album downloading for a while. Sometimes, when I download an .rmp file that will save without the extension, sometimes it saves it in the iTunes format. In iTunes 2.0, double-clicking it wouldn't do anything, but in iTunes 3.0, it actually opens the file and allows you to stream each music track like a radio station. Unfortunately, I don't see a way to use this method to download the music through iTunes, but an enterprising individual may find a way; I have already emailed both authors of the above-mentioned programs with this discovery.

Although I can't save the music to CD without actually downloading it, this means I don't have to store a lot of eMusic MP3s on my computer. I can just keep the RMP files of the albums I want (unless eMusic or Apple changes their formats). Big space saver! I hope others find this tip handy.

iTunes 3.0 is not able to directly downloaded eMusic MP3 albums or songs within iTunes, but dragging a song from the iTunes window to the Desktop results in an .html document. Opening up the document (in my case, with IE) will result in the song being downloaded. It didn't save it in an MP3 format though, but tinkering around with the MIME prefs would probably fix that. This is good for the users who want to preview a whole album without downloading the whole thing, only the tracks they want.

Otherwise, by setting up playlists instead of having the actual MP3 files on my hard drive, I have saved over 4GB of space! Remember, this trick works well if you have a broadband "always on" connection.

[Editor's note: I'm not familiar with the emusic service, but if you use it, these tips may be useful to you.]
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TafkaR not available currently
Authored by: GeorgeVW on Jul 24, '02 01:46:03PM

Unfortunately, due to the .Mac stupidity, the current version of TafkaR (1.1b7) doesn't seem to be available at the moment, and I haven't been able to get emusicAlbumDownload to work properly, since I keep my iTunes music folder on a central server, and it doesn't seem to like that.


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