SSMunch Audio Search Engine

Martin Brinkmann
May 3, 2008
Updated • Dec 3, 2012
Music, Music and Video

SSMunch is a new fast mp3 search engine that searches various sources on the Internet and provides an interface that makes it possible to listen or download the music that was found during the search. It uses a simplistic design on the frontpage and Ajax at the results pages. The way the results are placed make it easy to download several mp3 at once which is a feature that many music search engines that allow downloads are missing.

SSMunch [via Go Web 2.0] seems to search the three websites eSnips, iJigg and MP3 Realm. That's at least the three that can be selected individually before performing a search, the only other option is ALL which apparently searches all three of them. A search for Madonna - yeah that's my default search term when I test mp3 search engines - revealed 69 result pages with 20 songs each. Not all songs that were listed were actually Madonna songs, covers were also included and one of the first was David Hasslehof with La Isla Bonita. I had to get this one !

Some other tests did bring up lesser results but still enough to make this an impressive music search engine. The website is very responsive and good to navigate, music downloads are rather slow though. The one thing that I do not like that much is the way the Listen link has been implemented. If you click on listen a new page opens with controls to start the playback of the song.

It would be far better if the controls would open on the same page instead. A playlist would be nice as well. Still if you want to download songs SSMunch provides you with a way to do that.

Update: The service is no longer available. I suggest you use YouTube instead to find and play music that you are interested in.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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