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Free The MySpace Standalone Player From Those Awful Layouts With This Bookmarklet


This is a guest post from Paul Fenlon, a gifted web developer, drummer, and friend of Thanks Paul for this wonderful lil’ tool that will make browsing MySpace way less frustrating in the future!

If you’re anything like me, then you probably find yourself swearing at MySpace and the designers that pollute it. For the most part, MySpace pages are cluttered and media-rich, resulting in slow load times or maybe even a browser crash.

I don’t know about you, but the only reason I’m on MySpace is to keep track of bands and find out about new music. So, when I go to MySpace I really only need to see the music player.


With that said, I got motivated a few days ago and decided to put an end to the MySpace media problem. After some toiling, I came up with a pretty good solution: a bookmarklet.

My bookmarklet searches through MySpace source code and grabs only the information needed to play a band’s songs. It then refreshes the page and shows only the Flash music player. Problem solved!

“How do you use the bookmarklet” you ask? Well, you drag the link below to your bookmarks and simply click it anytime you go to a band’s MySpace page. You can load the music player almost immediately after connecting with MySpace.

Please note that I haven’t done any legitimate testing; however, it does seem to work in Opera, Safari 4, and Firefox 3. Also note that add ons like ad blockers or flash blockers will stop the bookmarklet from working.

Here is the JavaScript code (formated for readability)…

var s = document.getElementById('shell');
var t = document.createTreeWalker(s,
var n, v, m, f;
while (t.nextNode()) {
	if (t.currentNode.tagName.toLowerCase() == 'param') {
		n = t.currentNode.getAttribute('name');
		v = t.currentNode.getAttribute('value');
		if (n == 'movie')
			m = v;
		else if (n == 'flashvars') {
			f = v;
window.location.href = m + '?' + f;
Here is the bookmarklet, which I call “Music-Only”…

Music-OnlyNOTE: You will need to save this link to your bookmarks.

I hope my Music-Only bookmarklet helps you enjoy MySpace a little more…please let us know if you end up using it!!!

Go ahead and give it a try here (shameless plug!) Julian Day @ MySpace

Eric Hebert

Founder and Lead Digital Strategist

10 Responses

  1. Greg Rollett says:

    That is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is great! MySpace has been the bane of my existence, especially over a less-than-exciting wireless network. Thanks for the creative coding!

  3. Josh WOods says:

    Wow, now THAT is some good stuff dude!


  4. Kris says:

    Interesting code for awesome music on MySpace!

  5. Quang Ly says:

    Thank you for this! MySpace is reaching its limits on Ads. It has lost so much mindshare to FaceBook. I do like your bookmarklet and its a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Kratom says:

    Cheers for this, makes my life a bit easier..

  7. try your code with our site 😉

    after browsing your blog I am confident that you will like the music we have been producing in mexico the last five years

  8. substance 01 says:

    It was interesting to browse trough 🙂 keep up the good work and thanks for sharing. I will be checking regulary now as the stuff here on your site looks to be very helpful. Good myspace stuff.

  9. Very cool! I just gave it a whirl, with great results. One of my readers turned me onto your bookmarklet. Good work!

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