It's often useful to be able to download a Youtube video in order to view it offline. While the web is full of programs and sites claiming to offer such a facility, they are sometimes expensive. And those that are free tend to disappear without warning, so the system you used last week no longer works today.
A couple of days ago I needed to download a large (800 MB) video from Youtube, and a little searching took me to Keepvid (www.keepvid.com) as a system to try. And it worked perfectly. Just go to the site, paste in the address of the Youtube video you want, and within a couple of seconds you're presented with a whole host of download links as shown below. You can download the complete video in a number of different sizes and formats. If you only want the audio, or just the video, that's catered for too. Grabbing just the audio means you end up with a track that you can copy to your iPod, smartphone or other music player.
My only gripe is that Keepvid requires that you have downloaded and installed Java. If, like me, this makes you feel somewhat unclean, you can always remove it from your computer after you've finished your downloading.
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