Can you send a link to a padlocked recording on Archive.org? I'm curious to
take a look.
Whenever you see a stream-only recording on that site (ones that play,
anyway), it's usually trivial to find the URL and download it.
On Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 3:38 AM Jennifer Vaughn <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi Chris,
> I see that there are many "mirror only" and "stream only" items from BBC
> and VOA. These types of audio items are considered collection names in the
> metadata. I didn't spend loads of time on this, so there surely could be
> other collection types that don't have downloadable files.
> While I don't know exactly what you are searching for or how you are
> searching, my instinct here would be to try the advanced search (
> https://archive.org/advancedsearch.php), and use Boolean operators to
> exclude (at least) these two collection types; also limit to media type:
> audio along with whatever keywords you are using.
> Internet Archive: Search Engine<https://archive.org/advancedsearch.php>
> Notes. You can try constructing a search query and hitting "Search" in the
> top "Advanced Search" section and then coming "back" to this section to
> copy that query into the "Query:" box.
> Here is how a sample search string using Boolean operators with (random)
> keyword "lost" would look, though the advanced search form on the Archive
> site is simpler to use:
> (lost) AND mediatype:(audio) AND -collection:(podcasts_mirror) AND
> Hope this helps, if you haven't already gone this route.
> Best wishes,
> Jennifer Vaughn
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> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Internet Archive Search Results
> Recently we've been using the Internet Archive to search for 'lost' or
> rare radio recordings. We have now discovered that the BBC, VOA, and
> numerous other radio stations have uploaded thousands if not millions
> of recordings which are 'padlocked' that are unavailable for
> After a key word search results are displayed as audio wave files
> implying that they are available to listen to. However these are
> always 'locked' from both playing and downloading.
> This situation has become a major irritant in that search results are
> now being swamped by these unavailable listings and in fact - for us -
> are rendering Archive.org completely unusable.
> Does anyone know what's going on? And better how to filter out these
> unavailable listings?