YouTube is the richest audiovisual library available at the moment. There you can find music, videos, movies, documentaries, and much more. You may want to download some of those videos for offline playing or for making them compatible with your portable devices, among other reasons. YouTube Music Downloader is a powerful tool that allows you to download and convert any YouTube videos, so that you can have your own local copies very easily.
The program offers a functional and easy-to-use interface, though its visual design is not the best. As soon as you copy the URL of a YouTube video to the clipboard, the program detects it automatically and opens the "Add new download" window. Here you can select the output format for your resulting video or audio file. The formats supported include MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, 3GP, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, and others. This means that you can use the program to extract the audio stream from the downloaded YouTube video, too. In this window, you can also set the output file name and location. Also, the advanced parameters of the format selected – such as the video bit rate, the resolution, and the audio bit rate – are displayed in combo boxes, but, curiously enough, you can see the values but not change them.
The program's main window includes two sections, called "downloading list" and "music browser". In the first section, you can see the list of all the videos you have added for download, though the program does not actually support batch video downloading ─ it will download them one at a time. Another problem I can see is that once a download starts, it seems there is no way to stop or cancel it, though you are allowed to remove inactive downloads from your list.
The "Music browser" section, on the other hand, is in fact a rudimentary Web browser that opens YouTube’s website and allows you to search for your favorite videos. You can also watch any video and add it to the download list from there with one click. The program even offers you a list of music categories for you to click on, but this feature seems not to work either.
Thus, despite the interesting features offered by YouTube Music Downloader, the disadvantages it presents, together with its relatively high cost, make it hard for me to recommend this YouTube downloader to anyone.
- Easy to use.
- Allows you to convert the downloaded YouTube videos.
- Allows you to extract the audio from the downloaded YouTube videos.
- Capable of detecting when you copy a YouTube URL.
- Includes a basic web browser that allows you to browse YouTube website
- Poor visual design.
- Does not allow you to tweak the advanced parameters of the selected output format.
- Does not actually support batch video download.
- Does not allow you to pause or cancel a started video download.
- The links in the music categories list seem not to work