I mentioned TubeMate YouTube Downloader before and it was one of the Top Three Mostly Viewed Weekly Apps at our site. If you're looking for more choices than what TubeMate offers in a video downloader, FrostWire is apparently an ideal alternative with even more features and capabilities.
FrostWire connects you to websites, like YouTube for videos, SoundCloud for music and audio files, the Internet Archive for access to collections of digitized materials, and to multiple torrent search engines for Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file-sharing content.
A key to getting what you want is to use FrostWire’s build-in search function—enter a few keywords or paste a link into the app and it returns a full list of search results, classified into Audio, Videos, Pictures, Documents and more, ready for you to explore, select and download any of them to your device.
The search results are based on multiple resources enabled in the app via Search Settings. You can narrow them down by selecting only the resource you need, such as YouTube.com to get only YouTube videos.
FrostWire is also a handy BitTorrent client to search and download P2P file-sharing content with keywords, torrents or magnet links. As a precaution, beware that files traded through P2P may be copyrighted or malicious. FrostWire however lists several torrent search engines for you to choose, including FrostClick that scans the web for free and legal content with a slight preference to music and videos.
What’s more, the app has a built-in media player to preview content before download and playback media files in the library. It seems to keep all that you will ever need in one place, plus settings available for you to configure the ways you like to run the app, like select storage location, enable WiFi mode to save money on your data plan, maximum connections, maximum speed for downloads and uploads, etc.
FrostWire is open source and cross platforms, runs in Android, Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.
The Android version has Plus and Basic editions, both are free. The Plus edition available at the developer’s site allows you to download YouTube videos, while the Basic edition available at the Play Store restricts you from downloading YouTube videos so as to fulfil Google’s requirements.
To install an Android app package (.apk) from sources other than the Play Store, you will need to enable “Unknown sources” in the settings on your Android devices. Upon doing so, the system may remind you in general that your device and personal data are more vulnerable to attack by apps from unknown sources. See also How to Install a Third Party App.
Download FrostWire Plus: http://www.frostwire.com/android
Download FrostWire Basic: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frostwire.android
Also for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux:
Download: http://www.frostwire.com/downloads See Note below
Note: The desktop installer may contain adware OpenCandy or other unwanted software. Select "Custom" install and opt out of browser addons or any other unwanted software. Read our Installer Advice.
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