Why Flipkart’s Flyte will not stop music piracy in India?

I am sure by now you must have read or heard about this online service called Flyte by Flipkart. It is run by Flipkart.com and allows users to purchase MP3 music files at pretty reasonable prices. Until last week for Indian music fans, there was no real online retailer who sold music legally and cheap. In other words Flipkart is trying to do something that iTunes did for the American music industry.

What is good about Flipkart’s Music Downloads?

  • Flipkart is India’s largest online retailer. So it makes sense that it sells music online. The collection at Flipkart is pretty much exclusively suited for Indian tastes. Though there is an international section available.
  • Head over to Flyte from Flipkart and browse through the songs your want to purchase. Select an album or song and purchase it.
  • Payment needs to be done online with netbanking or credit card. Once you are done, simply download the songs from your browser.
  • All songs can be downloaded and purchased individually and they are priced quite reasonably. The most popular songs I found were available for Rs. 15/- while others were around Rs. 6/-.

Now this is quite exciting if you are living in India as previously MP3 formatted music which was DRM free was not really available, unless it was pirated. So will this end music piracy in India or atleast significantly reduce it?

Why Flipkart won’t really hurt music piracy at present?

Flipkart might be selling digital music as a platform but I am not sure that the music industry in India will adopt it in a big way. That is because the music industry in India is not the same as in the US or Europe. Musicians in the US and Europe have sold their music online at affordable prices not to make a lot of music but to actually reach the widest possible market.

The major revenue earners for music artists in the US and Europe seem to be concert tours. Unfortunately in India, the most popular songs are always from films. This means they depend on selling their music as CD’s or even caller tunes on mobile phones rather than going on concerts all over for revenues. I doubt that the most popular music in India will become piracy free anytime soon.

Another factor against legal music downloads is that much of India’s population which downloads music online is very young. A majority of them do not have a credit card or netbanking account to buy music legally. But alternatively they do have a mobile phone and that might be effective way in including them in buying music online.

That said Flipkart’s Flyte is a good platform and also much needed one for music lovers in India.

Do you think Flipkart will end music piracy in India? Do drop in your comments.

Link: Flipkart Flyte

Related: Listen to Free Bollywood music online with Chrome App

Super Quick and Simple way to Download YouTube Videos

Internet connections are not always broadband and sometimes it is better to download your favourite YouTube Video on your computer to watch it later.

I came across one of the simplest methods of downloading a video from YouTube thanks to a comment left of an older post by Andy.

Lets say you love our ‘How to become a Devil’ video and decided to download it from YouTube.

The URL on YouTube is something similar to the image below.

YouTube_URL

Now in the URL of your address bar, type in ‘want’ before ‘youtube‘. So the URL of will look similar to what is shown in the image below.

want_youtube_url

This takes your to WantYouTube website and starts the download of the video you liked on YouTube.

Do try out WantYouTube and drop in your comments.

Link: WantYouTube

Related: Download YouTube Videos on Android Phones

Download Songs from Grooveshark using GrooveDown [Updated]

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Grooveshark, the popular music, radio streaming service doesn’t have an inbuilt feature to download songs.

Unlike YouTube video downloaders, there are not many Grooveshark downloaders available. GrooveDown, a freeware tool can solve this problem.

Features of GrooveDown

  • Search songs using the built in search feature (If you have no idea of what to search then take a look at the Popular songs from the Tools menu).
  • The Search list tab displays the search results, double-click a search result to add it to Download list.
  • Under Download list tab, click Download to start downloading the selected songs.
  • You can change the Download folder from the default folder to any place of your choice using Settings menu.

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Pros and Cons

Pros: No installation needed, so it’s portable. The relevancy of the search results is also good.

Cons: The log with time stamp (below the search bar) is not needed, it just adds to the interface clutter.

Is it Legal?

Nope, it’s not. Grooveshark clearly states in its TOS that the music should be streamed not downloaded (source)! Although, the developer of GrooveDown claims that downloading from Grooveshark is not illegal unless and until you share it (source). But still many doubt the TOS of GrooveDown, as it’s not professional and also it’s against the TOS of Grooveshark.

In short, if you want to support Grooveshark then don’t use GrooveDown.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: GrooveDown

Download Firefox 4 – Final Version is Here

A quick post for all firefox fans who are desperately waiting to download firefox 4 – final version. Official announcement for release will come tomorrow from Mozilla but you no need to wait that longer to download it! 😉

Below are download links for firefox 4, from official FTP servers:

Links below are for US-English languages. If you prefer to download firefox in some other language, just scroll down. 🙂

Below are download links for International Releases

Links below points to FTP directory. Just select your language code and you will link to exe/dmg/bz2 file in your language depending on your platform selection.

Below is a screenshot taken from firefox 4 after its first run on my mac! 😉

Its time for me to explore more….

JDownloader – All in one download manager for Linux

I have been using Ubuntu for few years and was searching for a feature-rich download manager for years. Recently, I came across the best platform independent, all-in-one open source download manager named JDownloader which has attractive features, which substitutes the popular Internet Download (Manager for Windows) in most of it’s features.

  • Platform independent. (Windows, Linux, Mac, ..)
  • Runs on Java 1.5 or higher
  • Completely Open-Source (GPL)
  • 24-hour support
  • Add-ons
  • Download several files parellel
  • Download with multiple connections
  • JD has an own powerful OCR module (JAntiCaptcha)
  • Decrypt RSDF, CCF and DLC Containerfiles
  • Decryptplugins for many services. e.g. sj.org, UCMS, WordPress, RLSLog….
  • Youtube, Vimeo, clipfish video and Mp3 Download
  • Automatic extractor (including password list search) (Rar archives)
  • Theme Support
  • Multilingual
  • About 110 hoster and over 300 decrypt plug-ins
  • Reconnect with JDLiveHeaderScripts: (1400 router supported)
  • Webupdate
  • Integrated package manager for additional modules (eg. Webinterface, Shutdown)

Installing JDownloaded is pretty simple.

Please follow the steps for direct bundle.

Method 1 : Download the file; unzip it and you can start using it as shown in the screenshot below

Method 2: Download the script and make it executable by the following ways

  1. Right click “jd.sh” -> Properties -> Permissions (tab) -> check “Allow executing file as program” -> Ok
  2. double click on jd.sh -> Run in Terminal — will download all necessary files and you are done with installation.

For beginners, the former method is pretty simple.

NOTE : JDownloader requires Java Runtime Enviroment (jre/jdk) 1.5 or higher. If possible, you should use the latest Java version.

Please share your views on this downloader let me know if there are any other alternative downloaders which you use.

Download – Full Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Setup

Almost all new applications written for Windows Platform needs the .Net framework. The Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 is useful for programmers and developers. The focus of .NET version 4.0 is better support for parallel extensions. The .NET framework helps out these programs to run because of features like interoperability and language independence.

This makes having Microsoft .NET 4.0 framework a must have if you are developing software or even running new applications on your Windows OS.

If we go to the Microsoft Download center, we can install the live installer. This is a small file but to install the complete .Net framework it will require an internet connection to install the almost 50 MB size framework.

If you are using a dial-up or a limited download plan on your internet, this might be a little painful to sit about waiting for the live installer to download the .net 4.0 framework.

One major advantage of downloading the offline installer is you can easily use it to install .NET Framework on multiple computers without the need to download individually from the internet.

The link is absolutely authentic as it is from Microsoft Servers. 🙂

Download: Microsoft .NET 4.0 Offline Installer (works for both 32 bit and 64 bit)

[Alert] Gawker’s Source Code & 1.4 Million Users Database is on Torrent for Download

Alert Gawker passwords

I read somewhere longtime back that Internet is write-only medium, i.e you cannot delete once anything goes on the web!

Unfortunately, for Gawker medias more than 1,400,000 registered users, above statement seem to be getting true.

If you search for “gawker” keyword on any top torrent-search engines you will see list of torrents with all leaked data. Tough such torrents are getting deleted by torrent sites, new torrents with same content are coming up much faster.

So what does this hacked stuff contains?

It contains, source code of Gawker Media’s blogging platform (I personally do not interest in its code as I always believed they should have moved to WordPress long time back!)

It contains database dump which includes user-info including encrypted passwords. As passwords are encrypted you may feel safe.

Reason for putting emphasis on word “may” is –  I am yet to check Gawker code’s to see how password’s were encrypted. But if they were really “encrypted” and not “hashed” in pure technical terms, they can be decrypted. Also if they are hashed using simple md5, without any cryptographic salt, they are vulnerable to attack using widespread techniques like rainbow table.

Update: Torrent I downloaded contains decrypted password of entire Gawker media staff. This surely means our passwords can be very well decrypted!

Do we need to worry?

One word answer is – Yes!

Considering overall panic around us, it seems that user passwords could be recovered. LinkedIn’s forcing their users to reset their passwords, limited to users who were part of 1.4 million leaked database, could be viewed as their proactive security measure or simply their figuring out what the worst could happen!

My next line could be considered as an overstatement, but developers who works on closed-source system often rely more on “close” nature of codes for security rather than taking efforts to use best cryptographic techniques. So I really won’t be surprised if a hacker managed to decrypt atleast some of them password’s from Gawker’s leaked database.

Related: List of 5 Top Torrent-Search Engines

FlashGet – Install Free External Download Manager

FlashGet is a leading download manager. It uses MHT(Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation) technique, supports various protocols and has exemplary features. It’s a freeware without any adware or spyware. Various FlashGet  versions available with different UI and functionalities.

FlashGet can split downloaded files into sections, each section is downloaded simultaneously, increase in downloading speed from 100% to 500%. It’s powerful and easy-to-use management features help you take control of your downloads like never before.

FlashGet

FlashGet features :

  • Free from ad-ware, malware and spyware.
  • Protocol support : HTTP, FTP, Bittorrent, eMule and other.
  • Optimizes use of system resources results in better performance.
  • Calls anti-virus automatically to scan downloaded files.
  • Faster downloads and easier management of downloaded files.

FlashGet-UI

Difference between FlashGet and FlashGot

FlashGet is a freeware download manager that supports various protocol whereas FlashGot is a Firefox extension that allows to integrate with various external download mangers.

Link : FlashGet

Link : FlashGot

FlashGot – Worried of being Disconnected while Downloading Movies

While downloading, I am afraid of losing my data in the mid-way, if It gets disconnected or my browser is closed somehow, then again I have to repeat all those tedious task. FlashGot is Firefox Addon which we can use to resume our download.

FlashGot is a Firefox extension which is meant to handle single and massive downloads with several external Download Managers. FlashGot is the best Firefox download manager integration. It supports many popular download managers  like FlashGet, Star Downloader, GetRight, BitComet, Fresh Download and many other download managers.

Here do not confuse between FlashGet and FashGot. FlashGet is a freeware download manager whereas FlashGot is a Firefox Addon.

Install this Addon and next time you will download anything you will get additional option added “FlashGot” in the pop up as seen in the below image.

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Use most popular, lightweight and reliable external download managers to download all the links, movies and audio clips of a web page at the maximum speed. Below take a look at the following option which you can find it on the context-menu.

flashgot-context-menu

If you have better idea do share it through your comments.

Link : FlashGot

Link : FlashGet

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Download Complete Windows Live Essentials 2011 Offline Installer

Windows Live Essentials 2011 are a bunch of free software from Microsoft which is very useful for many things like viewing and managing photos, email, chatting with friends and also other features like creating movies. It also has my personal favorite blogging tool Windows Live Writer.

I often see many people have limited plans when it comes to internet usage and hence might not be able to install such software. Also if you install it from Microsoft Download center, you it will get an installer which installs a small file and then starts to install the complete software from the internet. This is where a standalone offline installer will be useful.

What you get with Live Essentials?

  • Software like Live Mail for managing your email. Movie Maker for making home movies.
  • It also had Live Mesh which allows synchronizing folders on different computers using Windows 7 or Vista.
  • Other things includes Live Writer which is an excellent blogging tool along with Live Messenger which allows chatting with your online contacts.

Requirements for Windows Live Essentials 2011

The software requirements for Windows Live Essentials 2011 are either a Windows 7 operating system or a Windows Vista with Service Pack 2. The offline installer is good to work with any of the operating systems.

Download: Windows Live Essentials 2011 (151 MB)

Albeit the file is very large but it can be downloaded on your pen-drive from a high-speed connection and installed on any Windows 7 or Windows Vista computer you have.

Do not worry about the authenticity of the download link as it is from Microsoft server! 🙂

Update: Download Windows Live Essentials 2012 Offline Installer