Installing the B&W Download Manager on Linux
Revision 2: 2011-05-09
While it's great that B&W used a cross-platform development tool
for their download manager for the Society of Sound, they make it a
pain to install it on platforms that aren't Windows or Mac OS.
I've started writing a native download client for UNIX, having
reverse-engineered the protocol. In the mean time though it is possible
to install it on Linux pretty easily.
Copyright 2011 Rob Kendrick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Download the AIR installation file. For some reason, B&W choose
to hide the link to this through a broken Flash applet that makes faulty
assumptions. If you view the source to the popup that contains this, and
then follow the link to the source for badgeInstall.js you will
see the link to the actual file. Today, it was http://files.velocix.com/c249/DLM-Assets/Download-Manager.air, but it may change in future. So if that link
doesn't work, check the sources to that file again.
- Install Adobe AIR from http://get.adobe.com/air/. If you're running a 64 bit operating system, you'll want
the .bin installer, because as of writing the RPM and Deb
packages are for 32 bit systems. If using the .bin installer,
mark the download as executable (either via your file manager, or with
chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin from a terminal), and then run it
sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.binThis assumes you are
currently in the directory where you downloaded the file: you may need to
cd ~/Downloads or similar.
- Install the B&W Download Manager AIR file. You may have a link
to a program called "Adobe AIR Application Installer" in your
desktop environment's Accessories group. Don't use this; it litters your
home directory with rootly-owned files, and while you can change ownership
back to you and it will work, it will play havoc with upgrading the
Download manager later. Instead, there is a command-line tool:
sudo Adobe\ AIR\ Application\ Installer
This will pop up a file chooser dialogue. Find your Download-Manager.air
file that you downloaded in the first step, and the application will be
- Run the Download Manager. A link for it will have appeared in the
Accessories group (called just "Download Manager", or your can
run it with
/opt/Download\ Manager/bin/Download\ Manager from a
- Log in by giving it the email address of your Society of Sound
account. No password is required. Don't be tempted to move the window
opened by the Download Manager. It has a habit of crashing as it is
- Enjoy the delicious FLAC files.