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Jaseeq update

Posted by modsyn on October 1, 2007

Prelease version 04 available – see here to get it

Here’s a small update to the jaseeq application, mostly cosmetic. I got rid of the NapkinLAF that got some complaints. It now uses the system look and feel. Also, I made a windows launcher using the method described in my previous post.

Cross Platform JAR File

Windows Only EXE File

Mac Only APP*
*Thanks to Chris

New version coming soon, see feature request thread.


35 Responses to “Jaseeq update”

  1. Franz said

    hey, this is just about the greatest thing since anything i’ve seen online in a looong time, but… i feel stupid.. i can’t figure out where files are stored and if i do a search i can’t find it but it appears to have downloaded-i’m on vista-

  2. kael said

    Thanks for this app.

    When running it java 1.6 on Ubuntu Fesity it returns :

    $ java -jar jaseeq.09.30.07.jar
    Added a property change listener to the MediaPanel change object!
    Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException
    at modsyn.seeqpod.Playlist.addPropertyChangeListener(
    at javax.swing.plaf.synth.SynthPanelUI.installListeners(
    at javax.swing.plaf.synth.SynthPanelUI.installUI(
    at javax.swing.JComponent.setUI(
    at javax.swing.JPanel.setUI(
    at javax.swing.JPanel.updateUI(
    at javax.swing.JPanel.(
    at javax.swing.JPanel.(
    at javax.swing.JPanel.(
    at modsyn.seeqpod.Playlist.(
    at modsyn.seeqpod.Search.(
    at modsyn.seeqpod.Search.main(


    $ java -version
    java version "1.6.0"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0-b105)
    Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.6.0-b105, mixed mode, sharing)

    What am I missing ?

  3. modsyn said

    Thanks for the tip. I think I may have a fix for it. Does Feisty come with Sun’s JRE? If so I can test this myself, but last time I checked I thought it came with another JRE. Anyhow, here’s a link to the file: jaseeq_p1.jar

    Let me know if that solves the problem. I’m booting Feisty Fawn on a spare PC to see if I have any luck myself.

  4. modsyn said

    I don’t know much about Vista, but make sure if you’re using the JAR file that you save it to your hard drive instead of running it. There should be 2 options when you click on the download link. One is to ‘open’ and the other is to ‘save.’ Make sure you choose the save option (it may say download instead of save, I’m not sure). Then, when you run the application there will be a folder created named ‘music.’ This folder will be inside whatever folder you saved JaseeQ to on your hard drive.

    But, as I said in the beginning I don’t have any first hand experience (nor do I want any at this point) with Vista. So, things may not work as planned.

  5. Franz said

    lol i don’t rly care for vista either but i gots it… at any rate, i just retried it and it worked this time… maybe i interrupted it on my first try or something, well if there are any vista users out there, it works so don’t worry =D… at least the exe, didn’t try jar but it should.

  6. kael said

    Thank you very much.

    It works.

    However, downloading files doesn’t seem to work ; at least, I can’t find where the file is downloaded (despite searching for it after having updated the index).

    Also, would it be possible to copy the URL of the MP3, please (for example, by right-clicking on the link) ?

    Regarding Sun’s JRE, it’s available with sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts.

  7. Drew said

    Well done Modsyn. Works right out of the box for me on Mac OS X. Kudos for writing this in Java also, as I use Seeqpod mostly from my laptop, which is a Macbook Pro. Thanks a ton for this great little piece of freeware. Hats off.

  8. Mike Mangione said

    Hi, I tried both files (.exe and .jar) on my Windows XP laptop. I clicked “save as” and saved them on my desktop, My documents as well as another folder and the installation never created a “Music” folder.

    Anyone else get this problem?

  9. modsyn said

    You have to completely download a file before this folder is created. Try that.

  10. Mike Mangione said

    thanks for the tip. Unfortunately it didn’t fix the problem. If I figure it out, I’ll let everyone know. Thanks again!

  11. Brittanie Williams said

    I have a Macbook and once i downloaded Jaseeq, it wont work correctly. Is there something that i didn’t do right???

  12. Patricio Del Toro said

    I download files, but I can’t find them. Please help!

  13. Dror Snir said

    I think I may have a lead on this “saving in weird places” issues – it seems Jaseeq doesn’t detect where it’s executable is located at but rather the “start in” folder. On my machine the Jaseeq executable resides in my downloads folder, but I usually run it out of the Vista start menu (by searching for it). I just discovered it was creating the music folder under “C:\Users\Dror\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Windows\System32″…
    When I double clicked it to run from the downloads folder, it worked just fine and created the music folder there.

    Does this help?

  14. modsyn said

    I’ve been putting off adding a configuration menu because it’s mundane work. However, it’s inevitable that at some point it will probably be added. If anything, it will solve the problem of some users not being able to locate the music directory. Maybe I’ll just add a drop down in the edit menu for setting the download directory.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but you are using the JAR file version, right?

    If so, then Vista sure does things differently than any other OS for JARs. The program that executes jar files is javaw.exe on Windows (javaw on *nix/mac(which is *nix really, sort of)). XP/2000 set the ‘working directory’ as where the jar file is located, so the ‘music’ folder would be there. If the music folder on Vista is in the system32 folder, then Vista sees that as the working directory instead of where the jar file is, which to me seems really, really wrong.

    If you’re using the EXE version then it may be that my implementation of a self extracting JAVA app is misunderstood by Vista.

  15. Santa Claus said

    Greatest. App. Ever.

  16. David said

    What’s up man? I tried to download both versions of Jaseeq from the links above, but they appear to be dead. Hope you can hook me up and thanks in advance!!

  17. Chris said

    Is it possible to obtain the src? I’d like to compile this into a .App file. I might even tinker some to improve the GUI and make it AppleScriptable. Thanks in advance!

  18. modsyn said

    The source code is included in the jar file. Most of the meat is in the ‘modsyn/seeqpod’ directory. If you see any room for improvement by all means feel free to let me know.

  19. Chris said

    Never mind, I’ve been able to compile it using Mac OS X’s dev tools. I added an icon I found on a DeviantART page to make it look nice in the Dock. πŸ˜‰

    You can download the app (it’s in the DMG file) at:


  20. modsyn said

    Now all the MAC users need to let me know how well it works.
    I’ll let some graphics guys I know give a test.

  21. […] The only problem is that SeeqPod won’t let you download tracks directly from their main interface (you’d have to type the URL in word-by-word, provided you see the full address). Using the SeeqPod API, there’s already a number of desktop apps out to do the job. Get one version here, and a Java version here. […]

  22. Stan said

    This a cool little app. I, too, installed it seamlessly on a MacPro, and it worked instantly.

    We’re just friends sharing. What’s wrong with that?

  23. Fishcough said

    Works really great on the Mac in OS 10 (both Tiger and Leopard versions). Now if you could only get the files to automatically go into an iTunes playlist (as p2p programs like Aquisition do), it’d make like even easier!
    Thanks for creating this – it’s the only thing like it for the Mac!

  24. GabE said

    hey man, amazing app! you are a genius!!!

    anyways, i was wondering 2 things

    1) if you could make a mac os x app and

    2) how do you change where you download the file. I dont really like it that it creates a folder in my apps folder called music. I would like to put it somewhere else. can I change that. im using the JAr file

  25. Lupad said

    The Mac .app version works perfectly.. nice Dock icon too πŸ™‚

    You guys rock!

  26. Mac app seems fine except sometime it just doesnt play or doesnt download

  27. modsyn said

    Changing download directory will be in the next version.
    When a song won’t download or play it is because the link is dead. The next version will remove those from the list.

    There’s a MAC app already provided by Chris. I will update the post shortly to include it.

  28. Stuart said

    I did a search for “Good Technology” and came up with 4. One was what I wanted, the song by Red Guitars. i selected it, and it didn’t download. I then went directly to seeqpod, and did the same, and it played. Very Strange. Seeqpod supplies the URL, but it was a dead link. So, somehow, they have the song on a drive somewhere that is not the source URL. Comments? Ideas?

  29. modsyn said

    I can verify after checking that they are in fact caching these files. I wonder how long they keep them and if I can somehow get to the cached songs…

    Thanks for the info.

  30. shaice said

    Great app! But (under mac osx – with the good Chris App) my serches cannot find nothing. I think this happens ’cause I’m behind a proxy. Could you add a Prefs pane with SOCKS/HTTP Proxies option?

    Thank you man,
    You rock!


  31. modsyn said

    I’ll add that for the next release.

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  33. rebecca said

    AMAZING PROGRAM!! thank you so much!

    – a college student behind a p2p-blocking firewall

  34. Jo said

    Hey Man,

    Sweet software. Any way you could share how you get those cached songs? I am using the API too and all the dead links are really frustrating.


  35. […] it doesnt use P2P technology but rather hyperlinks to what is on the web. Download the program here and take it for a test […]

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