There is a massive amount of music and videos accessible on YouTube for viewing, but sometimes you may not need to deal with fumbling through a favourites list or logging into YouTube to watch your favourites. You may wish to all of your favourite YouTube videos and listen to music on the go, from your phone, or on an MP3 player or iPod.
While YouTube is usually very user-friendly, with the ability to watch countless videos, upload your own, add text, on-screen pointers and comments and get input from other viewers via their own comments and ratings, there is one thing lacking -a way to quickly and easily download videos and music from YouTube. That feature is not provided!
There are a few things you need to do in order to download videos and music from YouTube successfully. First, you need to be aware that some downloads may break YouTube’s terms of service(TOS) and you must always be aware of any possible copyright issues and not download any music, or video clips that are copyrighted by someone else as this is considered piracy.
Now for the traditional steps to download your favourite music and videos from YouTube onto your PC for anytime offline viewing and enjoyment:
First, select the downloadable item you wish to save to your computer. There are millions of videos available, posted by people from all over the world. You can enter just about any subject into YouTube and find videos or music clips that match your search.
The next step is to select a free video downloader service. Some of these you will download to your computer, while others allow you to use the video downloader online for free. Copy and paste the URL of the video into the correct box in your free downloader page, and then click enter. You’ll be prompted to keep the file, which will be saved as a .flv file.
This is a flash type of video (the same standard file format YouTube uses to play the music and videos on their website). This means a primary player such as Windows Media Player probably won’t be able to play the video. Fortunately, there are also plenty of free flash video players available for download on the web, so you can install one of these and then you can play your selected YouTube downloads at any time right from your PC.
Of course, there is an even better option – buying a reasonably priced software solution that lets you download YouTube videos quickly and reliably – even multiple videos at a time – and play them back in a variety of formats. Paid for software takes out all the extra steps and downloads YouTube videos for your viewing pleasure as MP3, MP4 (playable in Quicktime) WMV, DivX, Xvid, MPEG and AVI files.
You can watch your downloaded videos and music on your video iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone or Zune with ease – no more continually looking for file converters to adapt each file to your chosen mode of viewing. Downloading and converting is fast and straightforward. You won’t ever have to struggle with clumsy, inferior software or download tools again.
Many people spend hours and days or even weeks installing and uninstalling different free all video downloader only to find out they don’t live up to the hype, or that converting the downloaded videos takes even more time and hassle as you have to install converters and wrestle with different options for each of your devices. A paid YouTube download and conversion software takes all the frustration out of the process and makes it easy for you to build your library of music and videos.