AllMusic Search Bar for Firefox

Oct 9, 12:16 AM

Skills/tech: Curiosity, ability to read, search
AllMusic search bar detail
what it looks like

If you use AllMusic as much as I do, and you use the Firefox browser, then this baby’s for you.

AllMusic rocks, of course, but I really do hate its lame search. Luckily, they let Google’s bots scour the entire site, so this search bar just saves you some typing.

By the way, this is also available on MyCroft. Go here to download and/or judge it.

To install:

Easy: click here to install it now. If you’re using Firefox 2.0 and above, that should be all that you have to do. If you’re using an earlier version, restart Firefox, and the new search plugin will now be in the upper right with the others (you may have to click the “top” search plugin’s icon (Google by default) to see it.

Not as easy (and for versions of Firefox previous to 2.0): Just save the following two files in the searchplugins subdirectory of the directory where Firefox has been installed (IE, Firefox @ C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox [the default on Windows], so I saved the files to the C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins directory).

  • amg.src – the XML that makes it work
  • amg.png – AllMusic’s bookmark icon

Once you’ve saved these files to the correct directory and restart Firefox, you’ll be ready to search!

If you are interested in how I did this, this article explains most of the basics. I believe that this was the article I actually used to create this search bar plugin thingy.

By the way, if you find this or any other Firefox search bar useless to you, some nice person thought up a plugin that lets you delete search plugins (only necessary prior to Firefox version 2.0).

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