How it works
Muxtape and Seeqpod offer a non-Flash, non-streaming version of their websites for iPhone users. So if we trick them into thinking our Firefox browser is an iPhone, we can access the downloadable MP3's they serve to iPhone users.
The most common way for web servers to detect your browser is through a mechanism called a "user agent," which is just a text string full of non-personal information about the browser itself -- like its name, version number, platform, etc.
By using the Firefox add-on User Agent Switcher, we can hijack the Firefox user agent and replace it with the user agent for the iPhone's watered-down Safari browser.
- Install the User Agent Switcher add-on and restart Firefox.
- Open the Options menu for User Agent Switcher by clicking Tools > Add-ons > User Agent Switcher > Preferences.
- Add the iPhone user agent:
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en)
App Name: AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko)
App Version: Version/3.0
Platform: Mobile/1A542a Safari/419.3
- Activate the iPhone user agent by clicking Tools > User Agent Switcher > iPhone
- Visit Muxtape and Seeqpod. When you click on a song title, it should prompt you to download the MP3 file instead of streaming it.
- Remember to switch back to your default user agent when you're done.
- Support the artists you love by buying their albums and seeing them in concert.
Note: How you use this information is entirely at your discretion. Downloading music you purchased in another format may fall under fair use.