How To Preview A Small Portion Of Any MP3 Or AVI Video File Before Downloading It


In my last post I discussed about downloading specific files from inside zip or rar archive with LoadScout. Another useful feature of this app is that it lets you download and play a small portion of any mp3 or avi file for free.

Suppose you want to download a high quality audio podcast in mp3 format that is of 100mb. You can download and play a small portion of this podcast and decide whether you like it or not. If you like it then you can go ahead and download the whole podcast or just find the next podcast. In similar way, suppose you want to download a video(in avi format), instead of downloading the whole video, you can download a small portion and play it to see if it’s the right video for you.

I tested this feature of LoadScout by uploading an mp3 song to my server and then downloading a portion of it.

Run the program, click OpenURL, enter the url of the mp3 or avi file(in my case it was mp3 song) and click OK.

open url mp3 song

Now you will see the mp3 file’s details on the right sidebar. In my case it was a mp3 song of Metallica.

loadscout download mp3 sample Click the image above to enlarge.

Now to begin extracting a small portion of this mp3 song, click Extract button. It will show a pop-up window where you can select the range which you would like to extract and also select the destination where you would like to save the file.

get part of mp3 file

Make sure you have checked Open When Finish checkbox and click Start. Once it has finished downloading the portion of the mp3 file, it will open it automatically. I have basically tried many apps for such features but this tool stands out from the rest and best of all it’s free. The whole process was seamless and easy, and you will surely enjoy it!

Note: You can use this software to download the whole mp3 or avi file too, in my above example I was merely testing it’s feature by downloading a small portion of it.

  • vinay

    hello friend i like the features u discussed about LoadScout…
    i just want to know that something same can be done with youtube video or not… ???