Esnips Greasemonkey Download Script

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 22, 2008
Updated • Dec 4, 2012
Music, Music and Video

We have covered already two articles explaining how to download music from Esnips before and our reader Venki posted a comment about a Greasemonkey script that would make it even more comfortable to download music from Esnips.

The previous method to download music from Esnips involved copying the url, running it through a script which would decrypt the url and pasting it back so that the mp3 file could be downloaded.

The Greasemonkey script makes everything much easier. All that needs to be done is to install the script which requires the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox. It should work on Google Chrome as well. After installation a Download link is shown on every link to a music file on the Esnips website. It is then just a matter of clicking on that link to download the music from Esnips to the computer. Take a look at the screenshots to get a visual understanding of the process.

The original Esnips website:

The Esnips website with the Esnips Greasemonkey script installed.

All that needs to be done is to install Greasemonkey and the Esnips Greasemonkey script afterwards. After that the download links become visible on the Esnips website.

Update: The script is unfortunately not working anymore. We have removed the link that pointed to it from the article as it is no longer necessary to link to it. It appears to have been abandoned by its author. We are not aware of a comparable script that is still working at the time of writing.


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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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