YouTube is free, of course. And iTunes is where Apple prefers everyone spend their money for music (regardless of age). So, my research centered on Mac apps which find, download, manage, and play YouTube files. Research being what it is, I found plenty of apps which make it easy to pull videos and audio from YouTube.
Tops on the list is MacTubes. It’s a free YouTube video player and downloader. While free is a good attraction for an app, it’s also indicative of the old adage, ‘You get what you pay for.‘
In essence, MacTubes does less.
Use MacTubes to search YouTube using keywords. Create your own playlists of YouTube videos. Even create your own category lists or search specific countries.
The MacTubes player is a no-brainer and the grid view displays thumbnail images of your collected library of YouTube videos.
If you like MacTubes you’ll probably enjoy using iTubeX (assumes you have a little money to burn) which does a little more.
For example, iTubeX also downloads videos from YouTube but can save them as Flash .flv files, or .mp4 files, and can also download those and .mov, .divx, and .swf videos from other websites.
And those files can be converted and saved to use on your iPad or iPhone. Does this look familiar?
For audiophiles, iTubeX can save only the audio from a YouTube video as an .mp3 (which can be added to your iTunes library).
Oddly, iTubeX also saves webpages in a variety of graphic file formats (.jpg, .png, .pdf, .tiff, and .eps). Why?
Even with a price tag, iTubeX comes with a small catch. To convert some file types, or to extract audio from files, you’ll need to download the Perian QuickTime plugin (it’s free) and install on your mac.
2 ways to pull down files from YouTube to your Mac. One is free, one is commercial but has more features.