I’ve had a lot of friends point out their interest in downloading music from the seemingly endless supply available on YouTube, but the problem is that they are looking to snag the songs in an MP3 format rather than a video. There is no shortage of apps and websites available which let you download music from YouTube, but I have to admit that RipTunes is easy enough to use that even the less computer savvy won’t have a problem figuring it out.
RipTunes is a standalone desktop app that would keep most users oblivious to the fact that they are downloading the music from YouTube, which is a testament of how well it is designed. It has a built-in library so that you can view and play all of the songs that you’ve downloaded, and it even includes a ringtone maker so that you can clip a song and sync it with your phone. If you decide you don’t want to use the built-in library manager you can always jump over to your Windows user account’s “My Music” folder to find the songs RipTunes has downloaded.
So where is the drawback to an app like this? They claim that the app gives users access to over 20 million songs available from YouTube, which I’m sure is pretty accurate. The problem lies in the quality of the songs. I tried searching for and downloading some of the most popular songs on YouTube only to have it return an MP3 with a bit rate around 128kbps. For many of you I’m sure that makes this a deal-breaker.
I’m sure there are plenty of people that would have no qualms with 128kbps songs… especially if you only listen to songs through crappy laptop speakers or subpar headphones. For those people RipTunes will be a valuable tool that won’t cost a dime.
RipTunes Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)