MP3 Rocket's Creative Commons filtering lets you download and convert legally available music from YouTube while screening out potentially copyrighted material. It can convert YouTube downloads into MP3s and similar formats that can play on nearly any device. While this freeware worked well, the Creative Commons filtering sometimes excluded non-copyrighted material because it hadn't been designated as such. A toolbar we tried but failed to decline spoiled the overall experience, too.
Win-win:Musicians and record companies have posted a lot of really good music under Creative Commons licensing, and they'd be thrilled if you'd download it. It's marketing, and everybody wins.
Misses are hits:Even when we didn't find certain artists or recordings, our searches of legally available downloads never failed to find something interesting.
Ringtones:A new feature in MP3 Rocket converts any downloaded tune into a ringtone.
Missed the mark:The optional Creative Commons filtering excluded useful results, such as tunes dubbed from non-digital sources like LPs and tapes. We failed to find any copyrighted material with the filtering turned off, though it's certainly out there.
Unwanted toolbar:Despite a checkbox option, one of the "extra" downloads could not be declined. Such extras pay the bills, but software that installs other software in spite of your choice is a nonstarter for many users.
Sound quality:Music downloaded from YouTube and converted to MP3s ranges in quality from good enough to not bad, but don't expect high fidelity.
MP3 Rocket can find, download, and convert a lot of interesting free music from YouTube. You may not find what you were looking for, but at least it won't be copyrighted!
MP3 Rocket is a simple and easy-to-use video downloader, MP3 converter and ringtone maker. Users can download videos and convert to MP3 hassle free. MP3 Rocket converts video to multiple audio or video formats and provides easy play back on computers, cell phones or mobile devices. MP3 Rocket also allows users to turn any video into a MP3 ringtone, without sound quality loss. MP3 Rocket is more than a video downloader, it allows users to download HD videos and convert them to any common video format. The program is easy to use. Just specify the URL for the video desired and click the Download button. From there, MP3 Rocket will download the video from specified URL, then automatically convert the video into the desired audio or video format. MP3 Rocket has an easy to use tabbed interface for simple downloading, converting, and playing. It also allows users to convert downloaded videos for iPad, iPod, iPhone, Cell Phone, Windows Media, and XVid. Audio formats supported are: MP3, M4A, AAC, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, WMA. Video formats supported are: MP4, FLV, MOV, AVI, MPG, WMV, WEBM, 3GP. The program includes a build in media player to play files that users have previously downloaded or converted including HD files. MP3 Rocket update improves users download speeds. The fresh upgrade has resolved the video downloading issues caused by video sites moving to MPEG DASH adaptive video formats. The optimized multi-connection download technology is now faster and more efficient at downloading HD 720p and 1080p videos.
What's new in this version:
Version 6.5.1 adds the ability to preview and seek MPEG DASH adaptive videos at 256 KB/s.