Download MP3s, Movies, and More with Custom Google Searches
Lately a lot of people have been asking me what programs I use to download movies, mp3s and anything else I am looking for online. It’s always fun to see the look on their faces when I tell them “Google”.
The way I do this is by using specialized search commands that look for specific file types, and strip unwanted results out of your search. Because Google is such a powerful search engine it spiders many directories and parts of severs that people are not even aware of. Because of this you can find almost anything you are looking for online if you know how to search Google for it.
The basic command that you use is:
(IMPORTANT: Make sure the “I” in “intitle” is LOWERCASE. This can make a big difference in how successful your search results are. Try it both ways to see what I mean.)
This commend specifies two very important things in a search. The “intitle” command specifies that we are looking for results with a certain variable in the title. In this case that variable is “index.of”. So what we are telling Google is that we are looking for pages with “index.of” in the title which is commonly used in directories on severs.
Now let’s look at some arguments that can be used with the search. Say we want to find mp3s or movies, we would specify the types of files we are looking for in our search results.
Now if you wanted to get even more specific you could specify the title of the song or movie you are looking for. This is really useful when you are looking for something specific. You can type the name several ways to vary results.
Keep in mind that you can change the search results by just typing search related terms as you normally would, putting your terms in quotes for a specific phrase, and by putting a period or space in between terms. All variations will give you slightly different results so have fun and experiement. (For more information on this checkout the Google Search Operators link below.)
Another thing to keep in mind is the that file types we are searching for in our examples are just random ones I pulled of the top of my head. You can search for any type of file you like using this command. One time I was fixing a customer’s computer and needed a missing system file so I did a search for:
So you see how this can change up the search to return a lot of interesting results.
One thing you probably noticed in a lot of your search results was that you were getting unwanted pages and links. Keep in mind you can always filter out specific things in searches to bring back more specific results. For example:
In the search above I am specifying that I am looking for music files with the extension mp3, mp4, or wmv. I am also trying to find music files in the “classic rock” genre. The arguments used after that specify that I do not want my search results to contain any common webpage files like html, or php since we are looking specifically for directory results. I also specified that I did not want search results with the words “country” or “classical” in them.
Another helpful hint is to use the find (CTRL+F) function in directories to help quickly find the file you were searching for.
So from looking at the examples I have provided above you should have a good idea of how this works. The best way to learn how to make the most out of these types of searches is by trying different variations to see what works best for you.
I really like using this technique to find music because sometimes I stumble across a server where someone has very similar tastes in music to me. In those cases I usually check what else is available in the directory by using the “Parent Directory” link at the top to explore other folders in that directory.
For great ideas on how to change the variables in your search checkout more information on Google Search Operators.
So now that you have a good understanding of how this type of search works you should now be able to start using Google as a substitute for your favorite file sharing program. Thanks for checking out Custom PC Blog.