How to block MySpace profile songs

So I’m listening to Matt Dillon read the unabridged On The Road by Jack Kerouac and doing my monthly MySpace inbox check when I see an old girlfriend has sent me a message. I click over to her profile to see what she’s up to and the soft narration gives way to the blaring horns of some song I’d rather not hear.

Does this sound familiar? It’s one of the reasons my monthly MySpace browse only happens once a month: those damned profile songs on auto-play. I’m not the first person to state the problem, or to solve it. Anyway, here’s my solution:

Edit this file: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts (try /etc/hosts if it’s not Windows). Add the following as a new line and save the file.

0.0.0.0 lads.myspace.com

This may not take effect immediately. You can run ipconfig /flushdns to make Windows obey.

The nice thing about this method is that it works for any browser you have installed; no ad-blocking or proxy software is required.

Disclaimer: editing files that you don’t know from config.sys is risky. Your risk, not mine.