Last Reviewed: Summer of 2019
Audio/Video Downloader Products
Audio and video files are two of the most used commodities on the WWW. Both
play prominent roles in providing
entertainment, whether it is watching your favorite funny youtube video or listening to music. Video files
also play a prominent role in education. They help us learn how to do something, whether it is repairing a
carburetor on a small engine, learning to play a song or instrument, or learning how to cook a favorite
dish. The uses are endless.
It is easy to understand therefore why people want to download audio an video files – and as you would
expect there is an entire software segment dedicated to downloading A/V files from the WWW.
Admittedly there are differences of opinion as to what is the most important factor when evaluating such
software. For us the MOST important factor is coverage. While Youtube is clearly one of the most important
sites and most people use it, there are many small and obscure websites that may contain your favorite video
or audio that you’d like to grab – and to us this ability to download from any website is the most important
factor. Other factors of importance are listed below in descending order of importance.
- 1Website Coverage (# of supported sites)
- 2YouTube Coverage
- 3Ease of use
- 4Product Support
- 5Ease of installation
- 6Output (conversion) Options
- 9Download Speed
- 10Other Features
As we mentioned previously, there are dozens of software programs that can do some of these things but most
don’t do them all or do them well - or they don’t have a significant customer service component. We did not
attempt to review all of these programs -- and would steer you away from buying most of them. What we have
done is, selected the top handful of these programs and, reviewed them in details. The results of our
investigation and review are found below.
Disclosure: We are a professional review site. We do not receive payments for the
review of these products
though, in some cases, we do receive commission payments when they are purchased.
Internet Download Manager
YTD Video Downloader
4K Video Downloader
Files to Audio
Choice of multiple
Choice of multiple
Support for Mobile
Based in th U.S.
Go To Download Surgeon Website
Download Surgeon is one of the up and coming programs in this software segment. It is focused on
downloading audio or video files. It is not a download management software, like some of its
Download Surgeon offers three built-in download modules with one focused exclusively upon
YouTube. This YouTube module can download from both Youtube and YouTube music. It can also
download PART or ALL of the videos found in Youtube playlists which means that you can start it
and walk away and it will grab all of the videos in the playlist and download them.
For sites that its 3 download modules cannot download from it offers a digital recorder option.
The combination of downloading modules plus the screen recorder allows you to grab any audio or
any video from any website.
This digital recorder can also be used to record events in real time on your computer, and can
also be setup and used as a screen narration tool. Download Surgeon contains no ads, browser
plugins and co-installation of other unwanted programs.
Pros: 1-Year free support, Full service help desk with ticketing system and
remote assistance when needed. 1-time purchase, Ability to download YT Playlists, Digital
Recorder expands functionality beyond downloading. Allows conversion to choice of A/V formats.
Demo version available
Cons: A little costly
internet download manager
Based in th U.S.
Go To Internet Download Manager Website
Internet Download Manager or IDM is one of the oldest and most popular download managers out
there. It works with most common browsers and installs as a browser extension. It is a
broad-based downloader manager that is designed to manage and download all types of files from a
website including graphic, zip, audio, video and even entire html pages. The A/V download
portion works by simply showing a semi-transparent Download button overtop each video on a web
page, which when clicked allows you to download that file. Has a built in download accelerator
that increases download speeds by up to 5X.
Pros: It allows you to download multiple files at once. It works consistently.
Works on almost
all websites. Demo version available
Cons: Annual subscription, not 1-time cost. No Money-Back Guarantee, Limited
Support. No file
conversion functionality. Cannot download a group of videos (i.e. YouTube Playlists)
Based in th U.S.
Go To VDownloader Website
VDownloader states on their website that they download from 10,000 + video hosting sites. The
program has a number of very useful features including the ability to download YT playlists or
channels. I can do file conversion, including conversion of video files to mp3 or audio formats.
It has a DVD burner facility built into it. It can schedule the downloads for a time when your
computer is idle and it contains proxy support for videos not available in your geographical
area. Product is provided in a free and paid version. The free version has limited capabilities
and contains advertisements.
Pros: YT playlist and channel downloading, file conversion, DVD burning, proxy
Cons: Limited to 10,000+ sites.
YTD Video Downloader
Based in Romania
Go To YTD Video Downloader Website
YTD Video Downloader can download videos from sites including YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and many
more video hosting. The free version of the software is supported by ads, but these are
conspicuous and won’t get in the way of your downloading. You can also convert downloaded files
to multiple different output formats, and you can also choose to download only the audio track
of a file in certain situations.
Pros: Has a mobile platform, There is a free download option for YTD Video
Downloader, You can download videos from more sites than just YouTube
Cons: For more advanced options, you do have to buy the PRO version
4k Video Downloader
Based in Russia
Go To YTD 4K Video Downloader
A solid video downloader that can download entire YouTube channels and also converts and saves
files into your selected format. The program is focused upon a limited number or sites. The list
of supported sites include: YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, SoundCloud, Flickr, Instagram,
Dailymotion, MetaCafe and Twitch.
The program is provided in two versions. The basic version is free. There is an annual fee or
cost for the Pro version that has the more advanced functionality.
Pros: Basic program is free, User friendly
Cons: Covers very limited number of sites. Some important functionality not
contained in a single product but split among several products
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