Apple Movie Trailer downloads are broken
In the past I had recommended a wonderful Greasemonkey script that would allow one to directly download the trailers from Apple Movie Trailers. Who wants to watch awesome trailers in a browser window anyhow?
It now seems like Apple has intentionally broken this and other means of downloading their trailers directly, as covered by hd-trailers.net:
It looks like one of the adjustments they made was to only allow Quicktime to download the trailer. Any web browser will be automatically redirected to the Apple – Movie Trailers’ homepage.
Those great guys have a workaround though. If you’re a Linux/OS X user, you can simply use
wget with the Quicktime User Agent string:
wget -U QuickTime/7.6.2 http://movies.apple.com/movies/fox/avatar/avatar2009aug0820a-tsr_h1080p.mov
If you’re on Leopard, you may not have wget. In this case you may be able to use
curl -O which supposedly does the same thing, though I can’t verify that this works:
curl -A QuickTime/7.6.2
Another workaround, one that would also be simpler for Windows users, is to try using the User Agent Switcher Firefox extension. Just make sure to use the Quicktime User Agent string in the examples above.
Windows users intent on using
wget can try their luck with the GNU Utilities for Win32.
Update: Krunk from hd-trailers.net has commented that direct download will work if you just tweak the URL a bit. Where the trailer typically comes from
movies.apple.com, just change that to
http://www.apple.com. Be sure to check out their download guide.
Hmm… now to see whether we can get the Greasemonkey script updated to do this for us…