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YouTube Free Downloader

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The YouTube Free Downloader is mainly an application for downloading and converting YouTube videos to MP3, but it also offers many other entertainment features.

The main feature of this software, the YouTube audio download, works really well. There appears to be only one format option (MP3), but most computers and devices do support that. The best part of this program is that you can search for a song or an artist's name as well as enter the URL. Many similar apps usually need a URL. With this, you can search through a list and find the one that best fits your needs. A 3-minute song will only take a couple minutes to download, while obviously, longer audio will take more time, since the file size influences the speed. We were surprised to see all the other features of this software once it was downloaded. You can view and download videos, watch TV, listen to Radio, play Games and Chat. The Chat seems a little odd, but the other features were interesting. You won't get every radio station or TV station, but it does work pretty well. You can also change the appearance of the page with Skins, and change Font size in View. The Help page doesn't have much on it, but it does offer a way to contact Support if you have any issues or questions.

The download and installation didn't cause any issues. It was all very simple and quick, so overall this software gave a good first impression.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 11
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Full of Malware"

    April 12, 2014  |   By thomaszarley

    Version: YouTube Free Downloader 4.3.1

    Pros

    It works. Other than that, screw whomever put this together.

    Cons

    Even though I deselected all the BS it tries to install, it did it anyway and all my home pages were changed and Chrome addons installed.

    Summary

    CNET must do a better job of alerting the public to this type of BS that they give 4.5 stars to.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "simple to use"

    April 9, 2014  |   By vrana116

    Version: YouTube Free Downloader 4.3.1

    Pros

    had no issue in downloading a song and converting it to mp3. I haven;t tried it for videos etc.

    Cons

    none I can think of.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "so far so good"

    April 2, 2014  |   By flowerchildofjc

    Version: YouTube Free Downloader 4.3.1

    Pros

    it works fabulously

    Cons

    none so far!

    Summary

    Have to find a new video downloader/converter every once or twice a year, because the older ones updates don't match technology. This one works for now, so works for me!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great YouTube Downloader"

    April 1, 2014  |   By 64twillcox

    Version: YouTube Free Downloader 4.3.1

    Pros

    Very easy to use YT downloader. You can either cut and past in the URL or search for any file directly, nice feature. Adds all download to a library for payback. Includes a media player and playlist functions. Another bonus is you can add your downloads automatically to iPhone, iPads etc. Plus alot of advanced conversion options.

    Cons

    If you have an android phone you have to manually move your MP3s over to the phone.

    Summary

    Very solid all around YouTube downloader and music converter.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does Not Install"

    March 31, 2014  |   By K0Zeus

    Version: YouTube Free Downloader 4.3.1

    Pros

    There are no pros

    Cons

    It simply will not install.

    Summary

    I got excited when I saw this, as it had a 5 star editor review along with a 4 star user review. The interface looked clean and intuitive from the posted screenshot. I followed the download link, ran the install program. As with most freeware, you have to uncheck malware to prevent it from being installed with the program. The install wizard finished and alerted me that it would start the program on the close of the installer. I closed the installer, and bam, nothing happened. I searched my program files and couldn't find anything. It simply did not install. I repeated the process and had the same error. For those wondering, I am running Windows 8.1

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  • 4.0 stars

    "GOOD PROGRAM, BUT WATCH OUT FOR ADD-ONS"

    March 23, 2014  |   By asc2078

    Version: YouTube Free Downloader 4.3.1

    Pros

    Does what is says it will do. Fast multiple downloads.

    Cons

    Can be a little confusing to set up your own "Save To" folder and save items into it in the format that you want. Once you figure it out, it works well.

    Summary

    As with many free downloads, there are extra items that it will try to install with it. Any time that one installs this or any other download, you must go slowly and read the details about what you are actually installing. Many of these free downloads will ask questions for things to check or uncheck. Do you want to install Google Chrome, do you want to make XYZ your home page, do you want to make XYZ your default browser, do you want to try the full trail version instead of the free one, etc. etc. Most frustrating is when you check no and your download installs something anyway. Just be careful and you will like this program.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works fine but hijacks your browser."

    March 17, 2014  |   By peterl507

    Version: YouTube Free Downloader 4.3.1

    Pros

    Does well what it is supposed to do - downloads and converts video clips.

    Cons

    After it is installed it Hijacks Firefox, Chrome and IE homepages for all users on the same computer.

    Summary

    If you don't mind the one-time irritation of having to reset your browsers its a program worth having.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "would not work"

    March 15, 2014  |   By ervinsmith1024

    Version: YouTube Free Downloader 4.3.1

    Pros

    Installed, and it would not download nothing.

    Cons

    Terrible it did not work

    Summary

    One more thing that does not work as promised

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