August 12, 2019

A Look at the 4K YouTube to MP3 Downloader

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

There is a scene in Young Frankenstein where Frederick, descendant of Victor Von Frankenstein finds a book titled How I Did It. I would like to make a video of How I Do It for some behind-the-scenes material for my work at The Question Evolution Project and the main site, Piltdown Superman, as well as some of my other sites.

One aspect of this is the posting of videos. I am reluctant to do like some other Pages and throw links at people without previewing the material. Since I have a day job doing data entry work, I do not have all that much time for watching videos and my eyes get mighty tired. Fortunately, I can listen to all sorts of audio material while working.

But what's this cowboy supposed to do with all those videos? Who wants to stare at a screen for a long interview, debate, or lecture? There are some online sites that convert them from video to MP3, but some of them no longer function and others will not convert anything of length. Then I happened across 4K Download while searching on the trail.

They have several products available, including a few methods of obtaining video and audio without installing anything. (One of these involves getting things from Instagram, but I do not have an account and no interest in getting one.) I didn't want the trouble of waiting for connections and such, so I downloaded the 4K YouTube to MP3 software. This was with great reluctance because I have been burned by free downloads in the past. However, they have not given me any problems and did not sound any alarms on my scanners.

This video-to-audio downloader is my primary tool for listening to video debates, lectures, and so forth before passing them on to other people. It seems to work quite well.

This company does something that I think is good marketing because they provide a free version as well as sell a license for all the functionality of the full version. I have been using the free version. The basic use is very simple. You can select which audio format you like and download locations as default (change them later if you wish). Head on over to the video in question, copy the link, then come back and click on the big green plus sign that says "Paste Link". It does that and begins the process. There are two passes, so don't get all excited too soon and wait for the message that it is completed before playing it.



There have been a couple of times where it has failed. Some videos just won't go. Other times I just paste again and usually get the download I'm after. They are surprisingly quick, but some of those two- or three-hour debates take a while. But that's to be expected. After I listen to the presentation, I can decide to post it, link to it, or even watch it anyway because I feel like I missed something by doing only the audio.

Also, the  4K YouTube to MP3 Downloader does more than just YouTube. I have used it for podcasts on Soundcloud as well as on other sites. If you use it, give it a try. You won't break anything, after all.

You may want to use this with a VPN. Although many lectures and such are intended to be freely available, YouTube gets on the prod about downloads. This downloader is targeted toward folks who want music and the full version will grab a full playlist. Funny that, as YouTube (owned by Google) licenses downloads for a price, but a great deal of the material on there is technically a violation of copyrights in the first place. (Mayhaps it's because a purchased download has higher quality than YouTube and such, I don't know.) I am not certain of the legalities of all this, but the 4K Download company doesn't seem to be having any problems.

Here is where I think I have to put in a caveat: I am supposed to get something for writing this here review for y'all and putting in this link (like I did earlier). It doesn't have to be a positive review, but they promised to give me a full version license for doing this. We'll see.

Anyhow, this is my primary tool for listening to videos and previewing them before I post links. Take a look-see at the company and the products in the links above and see what you think. What is Metacafe?


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