Removing Myspace Music with Greasemonkey

As you may or may not know, I fucking hate when people put music on their myspace. In fact I actually dislike pretty much every single design choice that was made on that website. I don’t hate the concept – I just hate the implementation.

Undoubtedly, the most annoying part of the whole experience is browsing to someone’s profile to leave them a comment and being suddenly blasted by some horrific cacophony of sound. If you for some reasons open two or three profiles in separate tabs you are in for a world of pain – as you now have several bad songs playing simultaneously.

Long time ago, in the mythical days of the dot-com era, we have figured out that auto-playing music on a website is a big design no-no. Now MySpace is bringing it back. Thanks for nothing Tom!

Because of the extreme annoyance factor of stopping the music player every time I visit someone’s profile, I have decided to do something about it. My original aim was to hack up a Greasemonkey script that would pluck out and disable that annoying media player object from all the myspace pages I visit.

Fortunately, as it turns out, I’m not alone – there are other people out there hating the myspace music just like me. Consequently, I found that a greasemonkey script to block the media player already exists.

It actually works great, and it replaces the media player with a clickabe placeholder div with an informative message. If you for some reason decide to hear someone’s music, you can simply click on the placeholder to reveal the player. It’s exactly what I was looking for! Eric Lammertsma is my hero. :P

You can install it by simply clicking on the following link: [install].

You of course will need Greasemonkey to gt it working.

[tags]myspace, myspace music, myspace media, media, music, music player, removing myspace music player[/tags]

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7 Responses to Removing Myspace Music with Greasemonkey

  1. Starhawk UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux says:

    A very useful script. Totally approve :D BTW I really hate those myspace pages that load and play not only a song but a video or two or three all of them playing at once. And this of course includes several of my friends there. I mean WTF!! Get a clue and learn at least a little about HTML and CSS other than cut and paste from some other site. Just as troublesome I quite often have to disable style sheets on profiles just to be able to read them. Don’t really understand that one either, tho i suppose people don’t really look at their profiles that often and some have no idea how to make changes other than cut and paste or use online profile editors. But I love this Greasemonkey script and for the record one can easily change auto-play settings in myspace’s edit profile without knowing any thing other than how to point and click. lmao.

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  2. I hate it too.. with a passion. I made sure my myspace was very clean looking. http://www.myspace.com/geeksparadox and took off comments so people couldn’t screw up its beautiful look.

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  3. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I went for minimalistic layout and stripped most of the formating off my profile page making it simple and readable.

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  4. Elephantman UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Ah, but why are you on fucking myspace anyway Luke!!

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  5. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Peer pressure I suppose. :mrgreen:

    Also some people I know haven’t figured out that whole “using email for social purposes” thing, so the only way I can reach them online is IM or MySpace/Facebook.

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  6. Eric Lammertsma UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I happened to run across this post in while fiddling with Google. I’m glad you like the script! It’s always nice to hear people getting some use out of something so trivial. It honestly needs a bit of an update to pick up on some MySpace changes that are allowing a few things through. Thanks for the credit!

    You also seem to be doing very well with your own projects and I wish you all the best with them!

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  7. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Hehe… It’s always nice to see your name mentioned in a good way on the blogs when ego-googling. :mrgreen:

    Thanks again for the script. It makes MySpace a tad bit more tolerable.

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