OinkPlus Adds Music Discovery to BitTorrent Sites

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A greasemonkey script that was supposed to enhance music discovery for OiNK users has now expanded to include other BitTorrent sites and is available for download.

Indieana, a former OiNK member had been working on a greasemonkey script that would pull data, links and song previews from around the web and add it to pages on OiNK. Unfortunately OiNK is no more, but the good news is that the script has now been modified to work with Mininova, The Pirate Bay, STmusic, FunkyTorrents what.cd, Libble, and, of course, Waffles.

OinkPlus displays a list of similar artists, a link to other torrents from that artist on the BitTorrent site you’re on, the artist/band’s bio, a Last.fm player, and, if available, a MySpace player. The script also displays links to the artist’s presence on Wikipedia, Amazon, Hype Machine, Pandora, and so on.

The extra data loads beneath the regular content on the .torrent download pages and integrates very well into the style of each of the compatible sites. Personally I find the script very useful to preview tracks from artists and to discover new music. Below is an example of what it looks like on The Pirate Bay.

OinkPlus on The Pirate Bay

Indieana told TorrentFreak that in future versions it will be possible to disable certain features or block the use of OinkPlus on certain sites.

Music discovery is an essential part of private torrent sites. Although OinkPlus was originally developed exclusively for OiNK, after the site was taken down by the BPI and the IFPI, its author decided to go all-out and support not only the most popular private torrent sites, but some of the most popular public ones too.

You can download the script here. You’ll need the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox. If you use Safari on the Mac, check out GreaseKit (formerly Creammonkey).

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