Time to learn a new command! :)
To learn more about it:
Secure Copy allows you to copy the contents of your friends directories to your local system.
So you mention you are comfortable with using SSH. Let say that your friends IP address is
192.168.1.100. and your username is
joe. The files on your friends computer are located in
Open a terminal window using "Ctrl-Alt-T" or use the Dash Search Bar
Now to copy individual files issue the following:
scp email@example.com:/share/music/filename1.mp3 .
What this says is, ssh into your friend's computer at 192.168.1.100 with the username
joe and copy the mp3 file
/share/music/filename1.mp3 to your local present working directory (note the period)
You can actually specify a location to save the mp3 other than your present working directory
scp firstname.lastname@example.org:/share/music/filename1.mp3 /var/tmp
So in the example above, I'm saving the mp3 to
Just make sure that you have proper permissions to the directory your saving too.
Now, to save whole directories, you need to use the recursive flag
scp -r email@example.com:/share/music/album1 /var/tmp/
So now all the mp3's in
/share/music/album1 will save to