Download Streaming Multimedia - Best Software & Apps

  • VLC media player

    3.0.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Simply the best multi-format media player

    7
    30021 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
    • CONS: User interface is quite basic, User interface slicker in Mac version
  • iTunes

    (32-Bit) 12.2.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    6077 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!
  • Netflix

    9.002

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Windows Phone

    Native Neflix app for Windows' tile UI

    5
    346 votes
    • PROS: Touch friendly interface, Beautiful interface, Personalized recommendations
    • CONS: Some laggy performance at times
  • iTunes 64 bit

    12.7.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Still one of the best music players

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

    6.0.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android

    Download videos from more than 190 video streaming sites

    6
    5738 votes
    • PROS: Compatible with many sites, Lots of supported file formats
    • CONS: Limited to two simultaneous downloads, Impossible to download certain videos
  • Spotify

    1.0.74.380

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps

    Find, share and enjoy your favorite music online

    7
    374 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
  • dittoTV: LIVE TV shows channel

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows

    Clever smartphone application to watch television programs

    -
    No votes yet
    • 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
  • SopCast

    4.2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac

    Watch free TV channels and broadcast your own

    7
    834 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
  • Jing

    2.5.47113

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Capture and share images and video

    6
    265 votes
    • PROS: Discreet yet accessible, Save to video or image, History feature
    • CONS: Crosshairs view , Can lag, Limited editing
  • Google Play Music

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Web Apps

    Access music offline or streaming online

    6
    57 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
  • CherryPlayer

    2.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Unlimited streaming audio, playlists, and YouTube downloads

    7
    359 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
  • Open Broadcaster Software

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Live video streaming software for novice and advanced!

    6
    18 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
  • DuckDuckGo for Windows 10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Free Searching And Privacy App For Internet Users

    7
    13 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 for Mac

    1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Superb downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    6
    56 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
  • YTD Video Downloader

    5.9.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Superb downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    7
    8066 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
  • Voicemeeter Banana

    2.0.2.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free Software for Audio Streaming

    7
    24 votes
    • PROS: Free to download and use, Huge number of useful features,
    • CONS: Can be tricky to get to grips with, Several hours of required to learn
  • YTD Music Downloader Pro

    1.1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Save your favorite streaming videos or audio music from youtube onto your computer with this software

    4
    4 votes
    • Pluto TV: 100+ Free Channels

      0.1.5

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Pluto TV is a free online television service broadcasting over 100 live channels full of TV shows, movies and Internet video

      9
      3 votes
      • SoundCloud

        14.12.18-43

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android
        Mac
        iPhone
        Web Apps

        Record your sounds on the go - then share them!

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

        5

        License
        try Download
        Platform
        Mac

        Excellent professional screencasting studio

        6
        1134 votes
        • PROS: Lots of effects, Simultaneous recording, Powerful but simple editor, Huge number of improvements in latest version
        • CONS: No way to subtitle or add text to screencasts
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      25.9.480666.8Windows
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      46.0.0.057386.1Windows, Android
      5511346Mac