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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
From MP3 Rocket:
MP3 Rocket - YouTube to mp3 conversion done right. Fastest Video to MP3 Converter. Convert YouTube to MP3 for free! Get free video to mp3 conversions with MP3 Rocket It's fast, free, and no registration is required. Compatible with any mobile device.
MP3 Rocket is a simple and easy to use YouTube to MP3 converter and video downloader. MP3 Rocket converts video to multiple audio or video formats and provides easy play back on computers 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.
Support is Non-existent these days, sent several support emails, no reply at all any more, just horrible service for paying members.
Program is still a huge memory hog, and with very few updates, and more freezing problems, and is still lacking many good new features etc, unless I missed, even with most recent long awaited update, hardly has any video or video sound enhancements stil, hardly any options or filters or effects avail to auto enhance video and sound problems, for videos with feedback and hiss noises etc.
Still no Android player version like similar programs have, that has addtl video and audio effects like video/audio Drag and drop playlists,Crossfading & (video Fade out options).
Again Even emailed Mp3Rocket support , about some of these many issues and features lacking a few times, but no response at all. I remember a few years back, when Mp3rocket used to be a great company with good support, not sure what happened to them, but why would someone purchase this program or any of their products, that is lacking so many features, and no support given at all!
**Online Video Downloading is a great new feature, but still only works on very limited websites, most similiar downloaders/converters can easily download from MTV.COM, DAILY MOTION, VEVO,BET.COMVH1.COM,and even addtl hundreds, and even thousands of websites.
need more hot video sites, video and audio enhancements features, also more editing HD output features.
***One major Bug found*** The video download and convert feature is very very slow for some reason, tried downloading a couple of small 3-5 mon youtube videos, in high quality of 1920 HD, but but even with MP Rocket the only program running on my WIN 7 HOME PC 3.5 GB ram, and using Verizon FIOS 50mb SPEED, it has taken sometimes, like 3 hours for just 2 small 2-3 min online videos conversion.
Really need these addtl superhot video options, found in similar programs,
--(Video in and fade out), feature mainly at end of video downloads, so do not have to use an addtl editor program,to edit and re-encode just to fade out video at end, instead of all videos ending abrubtly, which looks terrible.
--If this program add some hot features
I read everyone's reviews before I download a software. But when I see negative review, I immediately put the software's name out of my mind. And MP3 Rocket is like the millionth software I checked out, and found negative reviews too. I'm very afraid of viruses, so does ANYONE KNOW A GOOD DOWNLOAD MANAGER???
Shame on you CNET for sponsoring products with viruses, malware, adware, spyware, and total crapware. I'm sorry.
This review isn't helpful, I know. I'm just telling how I feel -.-
Fast, efficient, converts you tube videos excellently. This is the best converter I have ever used. Some other that I attached to the you tube website were not as fast or as efficient -- and some would not convert at all. Really, this is a good tool for music.
Look, the last time I downloaded this, an "update" came up and brought with it a host of viruses that I did not appreciate. It took the Tech the better part of 3 hours to find them all. So what the hell? This is either virus free or it isn't, and if you trust that it isn't, be careful of those updates and where they come from.
October 02, 2014
Version: MP3 Rocket 6.5.1
MP3 Rocket is very good. I was able to find many songs easily. Love the download and converter speeds. Downloads audio at 256 KB/s. This is good, I recommended MP3 Rocket for any one looking for a good YouTube downloader/converter.
Runs with Java, also comes with a toolbar in the installer. Just make sure to "un-check" the toolbar option on the install.
Good easy to use YouTube downloader with very fast download speeds.
Version download says 6.4.7 but once it's downloaded it's labeled as 6.4.8 and doesn't open at all. Try to assess issues and it "fixes" it for windows XP. I don't have windows XP. Don't waste your time if you have windows 7.
Installed effortlessly, easy to avoid additional software by choosing custom install.
Not sure what happened. Music was downloading fine, the Malwarebytes popped up with "Anti-Exploit has prevented an exploit". The MP3 Rocket closed, and there were no files in the folder I had set up to receive them. I tried to download 3 times, and this happened each time.