Grappler: Download Video & Music From Anywhere

I often find that there is audio or video content online that I would like to download to my computer or iPod, but there appears no easy way to do so.  Media across the internet comes out in all kinds of formats and most don’t lend themselves too well to downloading, like Flash for instance.

Grappler is the latest wonderful application from The Little App Factory which says “If it plays, it probably saves,” and this seems to stand up pretty well.  This review will delve into how Grappler makes it surprisingly simple to get media content from just about anywhere.

Overview

Grappler’s soul purpose is to quickly download music and video from just about any site and convert into an iTunes friendly format ready for syncing.  The interface is simple yet effective and offers a few different methods to download content.

The large area at the top of the Grappler window displays search results or entire websites, under which is a search and navigation bar which sits above the clip tray.

The Grappler window upon opening

The Grappler window upon opening

The Grappler search bar has a couple of functions which I’ll explain below…

Searching

If you search a word or phrase in the search bar, Grappler will run up a huge list of videos complete with thumbnails in a second. And it’s not just showing what you’d find on YouTube. Grappler manages to discover related videos on all kinds of sites to ensure you get the best quality version or exactly what you’re looking for.

Clicking on a thumbnail plays the video inline without ever leaving the search results, and clicking ‘Download’ drops it into the Clip Tray and starts downloading.

There is also an ‘Auto/Audio-only’ switch which means that you can choose to download only the audio from a video.

Search the internet for videos, ready for download

Search the internet for videos, ready for download

Specific Sites

If there’s video or audio you found on a specific site, you can paste the URL into the Grappler search bar, and the website will load up within Grappler.  From here, all you have to do is navigate to the content in question, start it playing, and Grappler will automatically begin downloading.  Works like magic.

This method works on all kinds of flash videos and music sites, including Grooveshark and even on videos embedded in Mac.AppStorm.  Whilst it can’t download every video the internet has to offer (It was unable to download video from Apple’s site), it certainly comes close. Overall I’ve been incredibly impressed by its ability to pick up on media to download.

Grappler can download video or music from a specific site

Grappler can download video or music from a specific site

Preferences

The Grappler Preferences have a couple of features worth mentioning. You can pick where you’d like your videos and music saved to—be it in iTunes or a folder. Most importantly there’s the optimization option, which allows you to choose between downloading in the highest video quality, or that optimized for iOS devices or for Xbox 360/PS3.

Optimize videos for various devices

Optimize videos for various devices

Conclusion

Grappler makes downloading media of almost any format off the internet an absolute joy. It’s not super quick, and it can’t handle every single video, but that would be an impossible task for the developers and I’d say they’ve done a fine job at making an application that works flawlessly almost all of the time, not to mention a stunning interface.

Grappler is available for $19.95, and can be trialled with 10 free downloads. For anyone who regularly – or wishes they could – download media off the net, I’d highly recommend checking out Grappler. Let us know how you choose to download content or your thoughts on Grappler in the comments!


Summary

Grappler makes it super easy to download music and video from just about any source on the internet, and even converts and places it into iTunes for you.

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  • Soyek

    $19.95 – quite a lot for something You can achieve with Safari’s „Activity” window (except in-app searching and with much more effort of course, but still).
    Great interface BTW.

  • Christopher Anderton

    Well, it got fancy GUI and stuff. I use DownloadHelper in Firefox for free (and there are others). But i’m sure that some people like to have the easy media conversion feature.

  • Ctrice

    I bought this program and it doesn’t work at all. The downloads keep failing midway.

  • //adrusi.com/ Adrian

    This is a legal stretch, I can guarantee that most people will use this to download audio illegally from pandora or youtube.

  • Chris

    Have you tried Evom? It does pretty much the same, has a very nice & minimalistic interface and is FREE. The only thing it doesn’t do is downloading from Grooveshark which is pretty sad. If you consider buying this software, you should give Evom a try first!

  • Itai Ferber

    Nice review, though I’m not sure it’s downloading is not Grappler’s “soul purpose”. You might want to fix that… ;)

  • Itai Ferber

    *that*, not *it’s*. Wow.

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  • http://stephaneallard.tumblr.com STEF

    Same as Ctrice. Downloads fail halfway. Anyone from Little App Factory for help ?

  • http://stephaneallard.tumblr.com/ STEF

    Same problem as Ctrice, downloads fail halfway. Anyone from Little App Factory to help ?

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  • http://tlaf.com Michael

    This is a known issue, and we will be addressing it in an upcoming release of Grappler this month.

    — Michael at The Little App Factory

  • Frank

    Same problem as Ctrice & others, downloads fail halfway. Anyone from Little App Factory to help ?

    • http://tlaf.com Michael

      This issue has now been addressed in the most recent release of Grappler. (1.1.1)

      — Michael at The Little App Factory

      • Gil

        Purchased Grappler today (9/4/2011) and have not been able to successfully download a single YouTube video. Help!

  • Robert

    Too bad it doesn’t work with Kelbytraining.com

  • KenzoMan

    The new 1.1.1 works like a charm. The stalled downloads problem has indeed been resolved. (Thank you!)
    A quick q: When loading a video from youtube it automatically saves the default streaming option. If I want to increase the resolution of the video (in the youtube player) I have to cross-click the auto-downloading video from Grappler and instead choose the next video with the new resolution.
    Is there a way to “preview” the materiaL before Grappler downloads?
    In short; can I set Grappler to download at my command?

    • Jessica

      Grappler automatically downloads if the video immediately starts playing in YouTube, and we can’t stop the video from auto starting. You would have to cancel the first Grappler download, switch the YT resolution, and then start playing the video again.

      Also, v1.0.3 is the latest we have out, sorry for the confusion.

      – Jess at The Little App Factory

  • k

    Where do you get version 1.1.1 of Grappler? I can only download version 1.0.3.

  • Mike Bessell

    I just bought Grappler and it won’t download anything from YouTube. It is Grappler version 1.0.3
    I used EVOM yesterday and it worked brilliantly but today it says the beta version had expired and it would not work anymore. So I bought Grappler and it doesn’t work either!

  • Bruce Grieve

    Tried the demo a few weeks ago and it worked perfectly. Bought the full version last night and nothing works. Very frustrating!

  • http://Cantseetheprogram SIlver

    icant not see the program in mac HELP
    I have 1.0.3 installed
    it starts but I do not see it

  • BJB

    Tried v. 1.0.3 of Grappler. Downloads from YouTube always fail halfway. Any solution?

  • Samuel Chell

    Grappler worked fine when I purchased it close to a year ago, locating and saving precious jazz videos (Dizzy Gillespie, Roberta Gambarini, Sonny Stitt, etc.). But since trying it in the spring of 2012 I’ve had no success with the application–nada, nothing, totally dead and useless. Enter a well-known name in Search–Oscar Peterson, for example–and it comes up with zero, a complete blank.

    There must be an update or a program I can use that will bring it to life. I hope it’s soon apparent; otherwise, the above review is not merely misleading but totally bogus.

  • Dennis Murphy

    Neither 1.0.3 nor 1.0.5 will work. Downloads always fail. How do we get the 1.1.1 version mentioned in this thread??

    Like the concept and GUI, but am very disappointed with the product at this point, and getting very disillusioned with the developers.

    Help, someone??

    Thanks.

  • Chris K

    I would never pay anything for the crap that Little App Factory makes. Evom never worked once for me and support was nonexistent, even on Facebook. LOL. If their free app doesn’t work, why pay money for one that probably wont work either?

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