Written by Ronald Lye
Since launching in 2005, YouTube has ascended and claimed its place as the number one video sharing website available. YouTube enjoys 800 million visitors, and more than 4 billion hours of video content per month. None of its competitors, such as Vimeo, Hulu, and Dailymotion, come close to matching YouTube’s popularity and market share. During YouTube’s initial post-launch years, many people, ourselves included, expressed frustration at not being able to download our favourite videos onto our hard drives. We wanted to transfer them onto our iPod Video (our favourite Apple product back in 2008) for convenient viewing, so not being able to do so was a major downer.
Thankfully, we’re inundated with YouTube downloaders today. One of the hottest and recently released YouTube downloaders is Airy: a tiny but powerful app exclusive to Mac. We find it really simple and easy to use. No frills and no complex user interface to bog us down and stop us from having YouTube videos for our own keeping.
Trying to download Gangnam Style video with Airy
The key factor that makes YouTube work is that videos are owned by individual users. However, this could pose a problem if the owner of a popular video decides to take it down for whatever reason. Imagine logging on and realising that the video you bookmarked and planned to watch over the weekend is no longer there. Airy spares you from going through this heart-breaking process. Downloading your favourite videos also liberates you from overreliance on internet connection, as you can view them even when offline.
Credits: Eltima Software
Airy is easy enough to use. Copy and paste a URL onto the download bar, and select your desired output. Supported video outputs are MP4, WebM, FLV, and 3GP. To download just the audio from a YouTube video, simply select the MP3 option. Download speeds vary according to the selected output and your internet speed; but it works fine for us. We tried downloading a few videos and there were no errors in the output. We especially hate it when some converter programmes give a sub-standard output with out of sync video and audio, but Airy gave us no such problems.
The Bottom Line
Airy is a no-frills converter that does as advertises. It’ll not wow you, but it’ll not fail you either. It’s a safe and reliable choice if you’re looking for a YouTube Converter app. Airy is not free; the full version costs $20, while the trial version allows you 5 free downloads to try out all the functions. For that small price, it’s value for money.
Credits: Eltima Software