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When streaming a song, the song is downloaded and placed into a temporary folder on the computer, that much I know. However, while streaming the media file – mostly from Pandora – I have been searching for the song in the cache folder of Chrome and the temporary internet folders but have not found it at all.

Does anyone know where songs, streamed using Google Chrome, are temporarily downloaded to?

Note: I am well aware that permanently downloading a song that you are streaming is illegal, and I am NOT trying to do this. This question is purely for educational reasons.

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It might not be saved at all. –  Dan D. Jul 20 '13 at 17:50
Well, if i check the developers console on the "Network" tab, I can see the .m4a file is being downloaded. I just need to know where. –  Im2be Jul 20 '13 at 18:03
which Operating System are we talking about here? –  erch Dec 5 '13 at 12:41
OS = Windows 8 x64 –  Im2be Dec 8 '13 at 15:20
Streaming means it may only be buffered in memory... So you're probably on a fruitless voyage of discovery. –  Fiasco Labs Sep 7 '14 at 5:18

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You can find the folder on:

C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Media Cache

sort by data, you find segment of the mp3 file of 1024 byte. When you recognize which segments compose your song, open a cmd line DOS session and then copy them in binary mode:

copy /b f_00015b+f_00015c+f_00015d+f_00015e Mika - Stardust.mp3

It works. Just tried by myself.

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This looks promising! However, I did as you told me, but I can't seem to find any similar files in my Media Cache folder while streaming. In the folder, I can only see 5 files: "data_0", ..., "data_3" and "index". I have found some "fXXXXX" files with 2048 bytes in the "Cache" folder but no files with 1024 bytes. –  Im2be Dec 8 '13 at 15:18

Try NirSoft's ChromeCacheView which will display the contents of Chrome's cache folder:


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Will it show me where it is stored locally? –  Im2be Jul 20 '13 at 18:16
It should, or at least allow you to copy the file out. The cache folder is under your user data dir. –  Karan Jul 20 '13 at 18:22
I've tried this program, but there are no audio files in the list. I've checked the header of the song and the content type is "audio/mp4", but there are no items in the list with this content type. –  Im2be Jul 20 '13 at 19:34
I'll also add, I'm mainly using pandora.com to stream the audio. –  Im2be Jul 20 '13 at 19:35

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