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.
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Web Remote. The developer describes Web Remote as being for all those who want to enjoy YouTube videos from anywhere in the room, not just in front of a computer. It lets you control and browse YouTube videos running inside Safari with an Apple Remote. You can control playback and browse related videos/playlists from your couch with your remote, and the latest version also works with the AudioBox.FM music player.
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What a great service YouTube is. It’s all too easy to lose sight of how revolutionary it was when it first launched. It broke all kinds of rules and expectations of how we watch video, and how we relate to its distribution. It opened up broadcasting, allowing anybody at all with a video recording device to easily and quickly make their videos available to anybody, anywhere.
YouTube also did something curious to how we consume news: just about any story that hits the headlines is likely to have an accompanying video on YouTube. Remember when Michael Jackson died? It didn’t take long for recordings of the ambulance leaving his home to start popping up on YouTube. For many of us, YouTube’s become a frontline news service – along with Twitter.
Unfortunately, YouTube is far from perfect. From the small-minded, snarky comments, right through to the frustrating use of Flash. Nowadays I rarely visit YouTube at all, and when I do, it’s just to get a URL for a video, or to jump from that page to a different service.
Our site is well-known for its long lists of tips and app recommendations. This article is different: I’m going to recommend just three ways to make YouTube better.