As a child of the Napster generation, I have more than my fair share of songs in iTunes. Napster may be gone but it lives on in YouTube.
I don’t claim to know the intimacies of YouTube’s business model (it’s Google, so it’s the one-trick pony of advertising), but I appreciate it as a source of free music, free music videos, timely and valuable entertainment, and videos of stupid human tricks. Here are a couple of Mac apps YouTube probably doesn’t want you to use.
Music, Music, Videos
The first is one we’ve reviewed on Mac360 recently. It’s called Downie and it’s the app to use to download videos from YouTube to add to the collection on your Mac.
I can’t think of a better way to grab music videos to add to iTunes. For those of us with large music collections, here’s your free musical sugar daddy.
YouTube To MP3 Converter will pull down music from YouTube (and Vimeo and others) so you can save the songs in iTunes and play on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
Whoa. Is that legal? I think of it as timeshifting. You know, like a DVR for music.
Music can be saved in iTunes at the highest quality available for the song and you’re not limited to YouTube, either. It does Vimeo, Soundcloud, VEVO and others.
Just find the video you want online, drag and drop the URL to YouTube to MP3 Converter and it does the rest.
Nice, huh? What’s the catch?
There’s a TurboBoost option which features faster downloads of audio streams. It’s priced as an annual subscription. As it is, the free version works well, grabs the audio track from YouTube music videos, and makes it available to import into iTunes.
Napster may be dead, but YouTube may have even more options.