Download Streaming Multimedia - Best Software & Apps

  • VLC media player

    3.0.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac
    Android
    iPhone

    Simply the best free multi-format media player

    8
    44584 votes
    • PROS: Supports a wide range of formats, Good hotkey support, Easy to use, Very flexible and lightweight, Integration with web channel streaming services, Improved interface in version 3, More format support in version 3, Plays BluRay and HD, Completely free!
    • CONS: User interface is quite basic, User interface slicker in Mac version
  • iTunes

    12.9.2.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    15776 votes
    • PROS: Simplified interface, Apple Music streaming service, Improved playlist creation, Curated and automatic radio stations
    • CONS: Limited file formats supported, Amost overwhelming number of features!
  • YTD Video Downloader

    5.9.11

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Superb free downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    7
    12068 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Quick at downloading, Supports batches, One of the best YouTube video downloaders, Basic version is free
    • CONS: To download and convert at same time requires Pro version
  • Netflix

    9.002

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    All the best offers in Top series, documentaries and shows

    8
    5243 votes
    • PROS: Touch friendly interface, Beautiful interface, Personalized recommendations
    • CONS: Some laggy performance at times
  • Modbro

    2.1.26

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    Free App for streaming Videos

    9
    69 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use., Versatile, with lots of added features.
    • CONS: It is only compatible with Versions of Android that are higher than 4., Categories list can sometimes stop working.
  • All Video Downloader

    6.0.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android

    Download videos from more than 190 video streaming sites

    6
    5506 votes
    • PROS: Compatible with many sites, Lots of supported file formats
    • CONS: Limited to two simultaneous downloads, Impossible to download certain videos
  • SopCast

    4.2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac

    Watch free TV channels and broadcast your own

    7
    1825 votes
    • PROS: Lots of channels to choose from, Organized by categories, Create and broadcast your programs
    • CONS: Streaming quality and consistency varies wildly, Gives no error log for those channels that won't stream, A lot of non-US content
  • ZEE5 - Movies, TV Shows, LIVE TV & Originals

    14.18.32

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Nearly Endless Streaming Content

    8
    147 votes
    • PROS: Over 100, 000 Hours of Video Content, 12 Available Languages, Offline Download for Shows and Movies, Smart Content Search
    • CONS: Lengthy Ad Inserts in Every Episode, Eats Up A Lot of Data, Requires Subscription, No Subtitle Available for Downloaded Content
  • Spotify

    1.1.4.197

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Web Apps

    Find, share and enjoy your favorite music online

    8
    3498 votes
    • PROS: New iPod sync and MP3 download features, Organize your music in customizable playlists, Share collaborative playlists with friends, Streaming radio with filters, Social features: friend list, Facebook connect, Import your MP3 files into the program
    • CONS: You'll have to put up with ads in the Free version, Individual songs can only be paid with credit card, Some songs are not available for download
  • Jing

    2.5.47113

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Capture and share images and video

    7
    455 votes
    • PROS: Discreet yet accessible, Save to video or image, History feature
    • CONS: Crosshairs view , Can lag, Limited editing
  • YTD for Mac

    4.2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Superb downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    8
    121 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Quick at downloading, Supports batches, One of the best YouTube video downloaders
    • CONS: To download and convert at same time requires Pro version
  • DuckDuckGo for Windows 10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Free Searching And Privacy App For Internet Users

    8
    89 votes
    • PROS: The stories it suggests are not the ones you see on other websites, Their suggestions for new topics are inventive, You do not end up seeing the same things over and over again
    • CONS: If you cannot find it on Google you will not find it with this app either, Some of the suggestions seem very random, No tracking means no specific/personal suggestions
  • YTD Music Downloader Pro

    1.1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A free program for Windows, by Bytewise Computer Solutions.

    8
    95 votes
    • dittoTV: LIVE TV shows channel

      varies-with-device

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows

      Clever smartphone application to watch television programs

      9
      57 votes
      • PROS: There are currently well over 100 different channels to select, A user-friendly interface is perfect for those who have never used streaming apps
      • CONS: Many users claim that they receive no download confirmation after payment, It is not currently possible to access major international file networks
    • Google Play Music

      8.18.7847-1.L

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows
      iPhone
      Web Apps

      Access music offline or streaming online

      8
      320 votes
      • PROS: Easy to use, Simple setup, Offline and online usability
      • CONS: Requires data connection for best use, Will import artist even if already on device
    • Open Broadcaster Software

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Live video streaming software for novice and advanced!

      8
      101 votes
      • PROS: Great free software with all the bells and whistles of a paid program, Support for Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and other popular services, Huge library of plugins all available for free, along with the source code, on GitHub
      • CONS: Open source usually means slower releases for newer operating systems and hardware. Expect to have less up to date support
    • CherryPlayer

      2.4.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Unlimited streaming audio, playlists, and YouTube downloads

      8
      434 votes
      • PROS: Huge library, Good audio quality, YouTube and Last.fm integration, Opens Amazon.com MP3 store to purchase tracks, Trending tracks
      • CONS: Messy interface, Some videos require you to register to watch, No video/audio converter
    • TVexe TV 5.0

      tvexe-tv-hd

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Watch TV directly on your PC with TVexe

      8
      47 votes
      • PROS: Supports a lot of channels from other countries, Can search by genre, Has over 1255 stations, Has a video tutorial available
      • CONS: Awful design and interface, Media player is too simple, Slow response, Channels may not be available
    • Free Movies Box

      2.2.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Access hundreds of free movies for streaming

      6
      174 votes
      • PROS: Large catalog of movies, Classification of movies by genre, Search engine
      • CONS: Difficulty of launching some movies, Variable video quality, Overall quality of movies available, No subtitles, Bug with playback bar
    • SoundCloud

      2019.03.04-release

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Mac
      iPhone
      Web Apps

      Record your sounds on the go - then share them!

      9
      38 votes
      • PROS: Quick to record and share audio, Thriving community of users, Facebook integration
      • CONS: Activity and Stream feeds were temperamental in our tests
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