Download Streaming Multimedia - Best Software & Apps

  • YTD Video Downloader

    5.9.7.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Superb free downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    7
    11072 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
  • VLC media player

    3.0.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Simply the best free multi-format media player

    8
    43065 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

    12.8.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    14726 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

    All the best offers in Top series, documentaries and shows

    8
    3899 votes
    • PROS: Touch friendly interface, Beautiful interface, Personalized recommendations
    • CONS: Some laggy performance at times
  • All Video Downloader

    6.0.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android

    Download videos from more than 190 video streaming sites

    6
    5197 votes
    • PROS: Compatible with many sites, Lots of supported file formats
    • CONS: Limited to two simultaneous downloads, Impossible to download certain videos
  • Spotify

    1.0.85.257

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps

    Find, share and enjoy your favorite music online

    8
    3373 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
  • ZEE5 - Movies, TV Shows, LIVE TV & Originals

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Nearly endless streaming content in multiple languages

    9
    15 votes
    • PROS: 100,000’s of hours of video content, 12 different languages
    • CONS: Contains ads, Requires subscription
  • YTD for Mac

    1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Superb downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    8
    107 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
  • Google Play Music

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Web Apps

    Access music offline or streaming online

    7
    186 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
  • SopCast

    4.2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac

    Watch free TV channels and broadcast your own

    7
    1769 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

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

    8
    54 votes
    • dittoTV: LIVE TV shows channel

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      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows

      Clever smartphone application to watch television programs

      9
      32 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
    • CherryPlayer

      2.4.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Unlimited streaming audio, playlists, and YouTube downloads

      8
      410 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
    • DuckDuckGo for Windows 10

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A Free Searching And Privacy App For Internet Users

      8
      53 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
    • Open Broadcaster Software

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Live video streaming software for novice and advanced!

      8
      91 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
    • Modbro

      2.0.62

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      Free App for streaming Videos

      10
      2 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.
    • NOW TV

      1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Android

      NOW TV App

      -
      No votes yet
      • PROS: Access to your NOW TV account from anywhere, Simple to use and free to download
      • CONS: Playback can be a little slow on some devices, Requires a subscription after 14 days
    • XSplit Broadcaster

      2.8.1607.1936

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      An amazing video and audio streaming tool

      7
      40 votes
      • PROS: Simple, easy-to-understand interface, Effective combination of video sources, Good value for money
      • CONS: Doesn't work well with all capture cards
    • Voicemeeter Banana

      2.0.4.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free Software for Audio Streaming

      8
      54 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
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