Useful features of 4K Video Downloader+
In addition to using Downie for my YouTube downloads, I also use 4K Video Downloader+ which has a useful subscribe feature I like.
I initially got 4K Video Downloader during a sale, which made the upgrade decision to the “+” version easier. However, I don’t believe it is worth the original $65 price tag, as it doesn’t have $65 worth of download power compared to the $25 combination of Downie and Permute. That’s $65 for a lifetime license, which I had before, and look how well that worked out for its predecessor. Lifetime licensees don’t mean what they used to mean. Neither does Perpetual.
Like Downie, 4K Video Downloader+ can download audio and video from mainstream sites like YouTube, but 4K struggles when you leave those familiar waters and has a high rate of “unable to resolve links.”
My main use case for 4K Downloader is the ability to subscribe to a YouTube channel and automatically download new content as it’s added. Downie can download an entire channel but doesn’t have a subscribe feature.
When 4K Downloader is running, and it detects new channel content, it automatically downloads and converts based on your settings such as to MP3 or MP4. This is handy for a channel that adds new ambient content, so I don’t have to remember to check for new videos. This means it will download a 10 hour-10GB video without asking, which could be a slew of wasted bandwidth if it’s not one you’re interested in. And it could become overwhelming if you subscribe to multiple channels that update regularly. It should also help keep you from downloading the same video twice. It’s not an amazing feature, but it’s still handy.
Overall, Downie and Permute remain my go-to for downloads, but 4K Video Downloader+ is a useful addition for keeping up with a select few channels. If you get 4K Video Downloader as part of a sale, it’s worth considering for its automatic download feature.