Normally if I want to grab a video from youtube or a track from soundcloud, I’ll just copy the link and head over to the search engine (Duck it! duckduckgo.com) and search for a random website that will allow me to download the file to my computer. This can be a bit tedious at times, most of these website has so much misleading ads trying to bait you into thinking you about the download the file you want, and there is always these annoying steps, that is loading 3-4 different page of the website (They do this to get more impressions on the ads) until you get to the page the actual download link is on. Never the less, I have found some descent sites that allow you to just download the file and gtfo but for some reason I don’t bookmark the site thinking, yeah, I probably wouldn’t be download a video from youtube again until I find myself back on duckduckgo trying to find a download service.
I have used a program before but it was giving me the same bad experience some of the web services did so I didn’t really bother to download any programs again to grab a video online. This was until I saw a friend of my mine using a program that is installed on his computer called “JDownloader” to download from youtube, soundcloud, facebook, etc. I was instantly intrigued by it, and downloaded it onto my computer give it a try. I was very impressed with it and I have to say it’s a super slick downloading tool that is easy to use with tons of useful features. I have been using it even since, and I’m loving it
JDownloader is open-source and free, I highly recommend giving it a try if are looking for a method to get video or tracks online. Also, I’m using it on linux. That is pretty cool that they support other operating systems. It’s also available on mac, and of course, windows.