Per some requests from our friends in the Live Music Archive community…
You can get any archive.org item downloaded to your local machine as a .zip file (that we’ve been doing for 5+ years!)
But whereas before it would be all files/formats,
now you can be pick/selective about *just* certain formats.
We’ll put links up on audio item pages, minimally, but the url pattern is simple for any item.
It looks like (where you replace IDENTIFIER with the identifier of your item (eg: thing after archive.org/details/)):
for the entire item, and for just certain formats:
wget -q -O - 'http://archive.org/compress/ellepurr/formats=Metadata,Checksums,Flac' > zip; unzip -l zip
Length Date Time Name
--------- ---------- ----- ----
1107614 2012-10-30 19:49 elle.flac
44 2012-10-30 19:49 ellepurr.md5
3114 2012-10-30 19:49 ellepurr_files.xml
693 2012-10-30 19:49 ellepurr_meta.xml
602 2012-10-30 19:49 ellepurr_reviews.xml
1112067 5 files
below the current audio/video player on archive.org you have probably seen by now the link:
Would you like to try our new audio/video player? (beta!)
We had some known problems in this beta rollout that affected audio MP3 playback.
Specifically, on Safari, some 30-70% of the time (and it varied widely) the MP3 loading/setup would fail. This has been fixed. On Internet Explorer, we didn’t have the MP3 “flash based playback” option setup using the new audio player — and the lead developer, Michael Dale, came over today and fixed that for us. Hooray!
So at this point, I believe the audio/video player is true “beta” — feature complete with a few things to smooth out left but the finish line is close:
1) i need to add back in captions/subtitles (it’s there in the player, just need to feed them through with our playlist)
2) video items with 3+ videos may play the last video 2x. working on that! 😎
hopefully, we can all listen to some nice archive music this weekend in peace without issues with this new player! now grab your headphones or turn up those speakers…
We have hit a major milestone:
50,000 individual shows by 2924 bands
are now freely downloadable and streamable from
What a success for the commons!
(from Tyler’s post: http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=195573 )
Project starts in aug/sept 2002 …
March 26, 2004
Aug 31, 2004
Feb. 3, 2005
July 21, 2005
Feb. 13, 2006
May 13, 2006
June 9, 2007
December 3, 2007
June 4, 2008
I predict 55,000 by January 1, 2009. Let’s keep this project rolling! 60,000 by next memorial day? we’ll see! so much of the recorded library out there for all bands is already up on archive.org, the next 10,000 would have to be mostly new stuff. get out there and ask your favorite band if they are okay with sharing their live recordings on archive.org’s Live Music Archive project!
Through an outpouring of good work of bands, tapers, and fans, we have hit a major milestone: 20,000 live music concert recordings are being freely shared and enjoyed.
A cool report from Parker:
I’d take special note of a few statistics that are particularly interesting. The shows have doubled from 10k in 13 months, the number of archive-friendly bands has almost doubled. Also interesting, is the proportion of shows to venues and tapers. Our ratio of shows to tapers is only about 5:1, and our ratio of shows to venues is less than 3:1. Given that the big guys like the Grateful Dead and Phil Lesh skew this number upwards, it really shows that the Live Music Archive is a grassroots effort.
average bandwidth: 650mb/sec
shows accessed: 8,876,402
uploaders with more than 10 shows uploaded: 380
shows with mp3s (more as space allows): 6981
bands disallowing mp3: 44
total space for live concerts: ~25tb
machines: 74 including backups
The Internet Archive
The Live music archive just received its 10,000th concert recording!
Congratulations and thanks to the etree community and the artists and
bands that have a made this a fantastic repository of creative works.
A few stats:
Now stored: 10,000 shows, 150,000 tracks, from almost 500 bands, in 18 months.
About 10 Terabytes of information on 40 Terabytes of disk space on 60 linux boxes.
almost 1,000 uploaders, 300 uploaders have uploaded more than 10 shows,
Brad Lablanc is the top uploader at 251concerts
Usage: about 1`Petabyte of concerts have been downloaded
Or about 1 Million shows.
Currently 400megabits/sec of outbound bandwidth.
In the next couple of weeks:
Adding some Grateful Dead concerts because their policy allows
Converting most of the concerts to mp3/ogg and full concert zip files
Longer term wish list:
Broaden the collection into lots of different types of music
Internet Radio interface
Improved website by searching, speed, browsing
If you have other ideas, please write to us on the forums or to
Great stuff! Thank you to all that have put in so many hours. This
is a partial list:
We need help entering metadata in the over 9,000 shows that need it. This is a really easy thing to do and each show takes about a minute. If you would like to help, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get directions.
Please help us make our collections better!!! Adding metadata makes our collections easier to search and the archives more complete. Its important to have proper metadata for our future users, like your kids and grandchildren.