I cannot figure out how to download a sound file (public radio show) from the Internet. I am using Firefox with Ubuntu 14.04. Do you by any chance have experience grabbing non-Youtube sound files (not sure about format) from the Internet? Take a look below for details about this issue; if I omitted any information you need, please let me know, and I will provide it. Thanks in advance.

Links related to my problem:

  1. This page contains the link which launches the page on which the radio show can be heard: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-january-5-2016-1.3389695/lessons-from-isis-defectors-on-how-to-fight-indoctrination-1.3389810
  2. This page contains the sound file, and controls for listening (play, pause, etc...) http://www.cbc.ca/radio/popup/audio/listen.html?autoPlay=true&clipIds=&mediaIds=2681480692&contentarea=radio&subsection1=radio1&subsection2=currentaffairs&subsection3=the_current&contenttype=audio&title=2016/01/05/1.3389810-lessons-from-isis-defectors-on-how-to-fight-indoctrination&contentid=1.3389810

Attempts to solve problem (without any luck):

  1. I tried to use trusty "ClipGrab" which is usually fantastic, but it cannot find any down-loadable material on either of the 2 links provided above.
  2. I tried following this advice and saving all the files associated with the page, but I had no luck (no audio file was saved - only *.html): Unable to download/ save audio files- I can only listen but not save the file
  3. I saw this and got really excited, but it didn't fly. My interpretation of the terminal is that is found one file, downloaded it and deleted it. How to download audio from web page other then youtube from command line?

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  • Give it a try with Ctrl+F5 to make sure it will really reload. And then make sure you check the "All" filter in the bottom bar. It must be there somewhere if it is playing.
    – Jakuje
    Feb 27 '16 at 16:36
  • @Jakuje I will spend some time playing with firefox to figure this out. I can see in your image, what I should see, so I'm going to figure out how to get there. when I do, I will accept your answer. Thanks for your help, and I will keep you in the loop. A big massive thanks!!!
    – Mike
    Feb 27 '16 at 16:44

Common practice is to open "Developer Tools" in Firefox (Ctrl+Shift+I), go to "Network" tab, reload a page and then find the appropriate file that is being downloaded (usually the largest, MP3/MPEG) and then "Copy URL" from the right click menu on the file.

Then you can download it using you favorite downloader or in the another Firefox tab.

dev. panel in Firefox

  • Hi, first off thank you for taking the time to help. I followed your instructions, but I cannot find any MP3/MPEG files in the 'Type' column. Any suggestions?
    – Mike
    Feb 27 '16 at 16:18
  • In my screenshot, it is the last one. Or does your screen look different?
    – Jakuje
    Feb 27 '16 at 16:19
  • I am working on putting up a picture in the post... give me 5 seconds. Thanks :-)
    – Mike
    Feb 27 '16 at 16:22
  • I put the images up in the post. I have never used the developer tools in Firefox, maybe I need to select some option that you have enabled in your browser. Any ideas?
    – Mike
    Feb 27 '16 at 16:33
  • Thanks!! I followed your instructions very closely and everything worked. The key here was to follow your directions very closely and not to miss any steps! Thanks a bunch for teaching me how to overcome this problem. Have a nice weekend :-)
    – Mike
    Feb 27 '16 at 21:02

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