Help downloading a media file

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by steken, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. steken macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2007
    I am trying to download a media file of an internet site and save it to my hard drive on my new iMac system which currently still has Tiger installed. Difficulty is Safari opens the video on its page. Windows used to give the option of just saving it rather than viewing it and then saving it. This is the option I am after, but the browser does not seem to support it.

    Have I got it wrong or is there a work around?

    Thanks for any pointers.
  2. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2007
    First, are you sure the media is a file and not a stream?

    Second, have you tried right clicking (or Control-clicking) the link to the media file and selecting "Download linked file?"

    Finally, you can always try another browser than Safari, like Firefox or Opera.
  3. steken thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2007
    Many thanks

    Brilliant! Thanks a lot for your reply to my post, that was just the answer I was looking for and it works.

    A lot to get my head around switching from WIN-DOZE to OS X, really happy with my switch to Apple product and OS X.

    Cheers, Steken
  4. Bodiva macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2007
    I have another question along these lines, and was just curious if anyone else may have run into this before.

    I've been working on mac's for years so I had no problem offering to help a friend make the big switch from PC. So today when she ran across some music files online that she wanted to download, I of course instructed her to do the normal ctrl-click to download the linked file. The download appeared to start, but then immediately stopped and then in the progross line it said that the file did not exist. Seems fair enough, except that when I tried from my mac, the files downloaded with no problem.

    Does anyone know if this might be a Safari issue, or a OS X issue, or some other issue that I'm not seeing?

    She's running Tiger & Safari 2.0.4 (419.3)
    I'm running Panther & Safari 1.3.2 (v312.6)

    Here's the site we were trying to download from (it's a few Springsteen outtakes):

  5. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    i am getting "no permissions to read file" when trying to download the outakes. seems to be an issue with the website as i can download stuff fine from the internet with safari

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