YouTube is a great source of music videos and with the large number of privately filmed videos it is a great resource for tracking down live performances by your favorite band or artist. When you are at your computer, there is nothing to stop you from visiting YouTube whenever you want so you can listen to your favorite songs whenever you want, but RipTunes is a free utility that enables you to convert videos into MP3 files that you can add to your offline music library.
In many regards this is not out of the ordinary, but the way things have been implemented here make RipTunes more than worthy of mentioning. The app itself can be used to search YouTube without the need to visit the site itself, and as you search for artists and bands, you can start a musically tour of discovery as related or similar artists are suggested to you.
RipTunes features a built in player so you can check that particular tracks are what they say they are, and then simply double click to download. There are no complex settings to concerns yourself with as downloads are automatically converted into MP3 ready to be copied to the music player of your choice or just left on your hard drive. There is also the ability to create ringtones thanks to the inclusion of a simple audio editor.
Any of the files you have downloaded can be converted into a ringtone – MP3 for Android users and M4R for iPhone owners – and all you need to do is to select the portion of a track you would like to use. You can then choose the volume at which you would like the ringtone to be played and you’re done. At its heart RipTunes is a simple tools built on a simple idea, but it is a well-polished tool that gets the job done with panache.
You can find out more and download a free copy of the program by paying a visit to the RipTunes page.
This article originally appeared at softwarecrew.co.uk