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HowToAmzDownload – pymazon – A Python based downloader for the Amazon mp3 store. – Google Project Hosting

I love Amazon’s MP3 store. Probably more than I should! It is so easy to click the “Buy with 1-Click” button that is next to a song and *poof* there it is in my Amazon cloud drive, and playable via the Amazon Cloud Player. There is one big issue for those of us running a Linux distribution that isn’t 32-bit Ubuntu 9.04, then you are screwed. There’ve been many hacks to try to get the downloader to run, but most are either a pain in the ass or just plain don’t work.

Of course, since we are Linux uses, we know that someone will eventually come along and write their own solution. And that is exactly what did. Hence, we have pymazon!

pymazon – A Python based downloader for the Amazon mp3 store.

Installation is surprisingly easy, it took all of 5 minutes for me to download, compile and install pymazon. I can definitely say it runs without problems on 64-bit Linux Mint Lisa (based on Ubuntu Oneiric).

Amazon MP3 fans, unite! And grab pymazon!

Parole – lightweight media player for XFCE

If you haven’t been paying attention, or haven’t made the upgrade to XFCE 4.8, you may not have heard of Parole, a light-weight media player for XFCE. I know I hadn’t heard of it, anyway, ’til just a few minutes ago.

Parole uses gstreamer for its back-end, kinda like that Gnome media player whose name I will not mention. However, it is written to have a very small footprint, to be as speedy as possible. And based on my testing, they hit that mark.  Parole also seems to fit in with the XFCE look better. At least to my eye.

Of course, gstreamer gives Parole the ability to play an amazing amount of different types of media. Sound, music, video, it’s all there. And optimized! gstreamer makes user of vdpau, so the HD videos from my flip cam play in all of their glory without taxing the processor cores on my laptop. Who needs SMPlayer now? Nope, not me!

Apparently XFCE 4.8 comes with Parole – or at least it can easily be added via the xfce4-goodies package. I’m still running 4.6, however, so I had to manually build and install it. Which isn’t a huge problem, just really annoying.

First step: grab the tarball from:

Second, install the following packages using apt or aptitude:

xfce4-dev-tools intltool libtool gtk-doc gtk-doc-tools libgtk2.0-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev gstreamer0.10-videosource libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev gstreamer0.10-videosource libdbus-1-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libxfcegui4-dev

Third, install the packages using the following commands:

./ --prefix=/usr/local
make install (as root)

(note: this installs to /usr/local/bin; I like to keep system-installed stuff separate from stuff I’ve built/installed)

Once autogen and make finish their magic, you’ll now have Parole installed at:


If /usr/local/bin is already in your path (and really, why isn’t it already?), you can launch the player by running “parole”.

Give it a try!


Hey, did you pay for that? | RiffTrax

Rifftrax bombListen, if you are going to pirate one of the awesome riffs from Rifftrax, you’re being an ass. The Rifftrax crew is awesome, and they produce some of the most consistently funny and entertaining content on the net.

But if you feel like you must pirate, at least go to their website and donate some money back to them. The @rifftrax crew deserves the money. And how many companies have you seen that are cool enough to take this approach to privacy:

The point is, we realize there are times when you may find yourself in possession of a RiffTrax that you didn’t pay for hey, it’s the internet – it happens. All we ask is that you do the right thing so that we can keep bringing you quality riffing for years to come.

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