Shortcuts to Amazon MP3 Search

Yahoo! Search’s "Open Shortcuts" feature is the thing that keeps me using Yahoo! Search. It’s sort of a geek/power user feature, but it’s incredibly useful if you do lots of searches on specific sites. I find search shortcuts particularly useful for media sites such as Netflix and eMusic — because so many web sites talk about media, it’s better to use a site-specific search to cut through all the noise and go straight to the download.

I have shortcuts for Netflix and eMusic already, but it occurred to me this morning that it might be handy to have a search for the Amazon MP3 store as well. So here’s how to use the Yahoo! Open Shortcuts feature with Amazon’s MP3 store:

  1. Go to search.yahoo.com
  2. Log in to Yahoo! if you aren’t logged in already
  3. In the search box, type:

    (copy and paste the contents of this text box)
  4. Click on the Search button

You’ll see a confirmation page. Once you’ve confirmed, you can use your shortcut. To do this, from any Yahoo! search box, type:

!mp3 feist

(Replace "Feist" with the name of the artist or song you’re searching for, and don’t forget to precede the whole thing with an exclamation point.) You’ll be taken straight to Amazon.com’s search results for the search term you specified.

Now somebody needs to create a search engine that searches only for downloads from eMusic and Amazon.