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Google China Signs Big Music For Free MP3 Search Engine

Google China signed a deal with all the major labels last week to offer free legal mp3 download in China... The library contains songs from Asia, Europe, US, etc... you'll have better luck with recent stuff, but old stuff can still be found. no indie though.

You can take advantage of this "offer" by using a proxy server in China. Just google "china proxy" for a list.

I tried this one and it worked for me:
IP: 221.226.153.178
Port: 3128

With Firefox
- For Windows: go to Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Network -> Settings
- For OSX: go to Preferences -> Options -> Advanced -> Network -> Settings
- select "Manual proxy configuration"
- use the above IP value for HTTP Proxy
- use the above Port value for Port

Note that all your web traffic will travel through this proxy server. I would close out all your other browser windows (web mail, bank, etc.) just in case.

Here's the URL for Google Music in China: http://google.cn/music or http://g.cn/music

Just type in an artist, album, song title in the search box and hit return. It will return with matching results from their library.

The results are formatted as follows:
1) song title
2) artist
3) album
4) play song
5) download
6) lyrics
7) ringtone
8) similar songs

To stop using the proxy, just go back to the settings page and select "Direct connection to the Internet".

gnowk
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 04:33:53 +0000

Here's a way to use the proxy *only* when you're visiting google music.

1) download the attached file "proxy.pac"
2) use Firefox to navigate to the downloaded file
- File -> Open File...
- find the file and click Open
- copy the URL in the address bar into the clipboard, it should start with "file:///"
3) go to Firefox's network settings page (see last email)
4) select "Automatic proxy configuration URL" and paste in the URL from step 2
5) click "Reload" and then "OK"

voila... http://google.cn/music is accessible without restriction, and you can safely login to your web mail, bank accounts, etc.

Attached File: proxy.pac (196 B)

gnowk
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 04:36:48 +0000

That's cool. Thanks. I'm gonna have to try it when I have time.

Mel
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 17:12:07 +0000

wah! it works! my own proxy.pac doesn't work though, i had to use gnowk's. can you take a look to see why that is? the downloads and stream links are live, but i get a 403 message from nginx using my own proxy.pac

my proxy.pac:

function FindProxyForURL(url, host) {

if (shExpMatch(url,"*google.cn/music*") || shExpMatch(url,"*g.cn/music*")) {
return "PROXY 60.6.205.26:808";
// return "PROXY 221.214.213.37:8080";
}

return "DIRECT";
}

also, how do i get itunes to properly recgonize the singer and lyrics?

Attached Image:

Garbled Names in iTune.png

Winnie
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 17:55:49 +0000

you need to allow both google.cn and top100.cn, since the player and music is actually served on the latter. google.cn/music is used only as an indexer. also, i am not sure if they pull files from places other than google.cn, so it's best to allow the whole domain. also, using "dnsDomainIs" might be faster, no regex and their lookup might possibly be cached somewhere already.

nginx... was it top100.cn or google.cn?

the meta info is in GB encoding (simplified chinese non unicode), iTunes need unicode. i wrote a crappy script to convert some of the info (artist, album, title, but not lyrics). it might be buggy, so make a backup before conversion.

http://github.com/gnowk/mp3_tag_hanconvert

you need additional modules, just look at the top of the script.

this might work too, but i haven't tried it yet.
http://code.google.com/p/mp3-tag-iconv/

gnowk
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 19:40:11 +0000

that github script looks cool, i gotta check it out. hope it works ;)

Winnie
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 20:42:15 +0000

the latest version handles lyrics and comments conversion properly now.

gnowk
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 20:54:25 +0000

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