Do you have a favorite YouTube song or video that you’d like to download? Certainly you wouldn’t be alone if you do, and Dirpy might be able to solve that problem for you. Dirpy is a free online service that will provide a downloadable link for nearly any YouTube video. If bit-torrents are blocked at your location or just plain sound risky, Dirpy might be a great way to find the music you are looking for. The beauty about simplicity is its ease of use being that Dirpy is a web application and requires nothing be installed and works on most internet browsers.
Find the YouTube video (or song within the video) that you want to download and then Copy the URL in the address bar.
Note that some videos such as those hosted with Vevo may not be available for download.
Go to dirpy.com and Paste in the URL of the YouTube page with the song or video that you want to download. Click the dirpy! button to continue.
Dirpy will scan the YouTube page you entered and bring up whatever information is readable. This will include different quality versions available, filename, and any ID3 tags (metadata), and other information that is available.
Here you have a few different options:
- Change the file name
- Save audio as an mp3 file
- There are even more options available for mp3 files.
- Save the video as an mp4 or flv file.
If you want to download the video, just click one of the video download links. Don’t get too excited about video quality though, 360p isn’t exactly great.
If you want to download a song, I highly recommend that you edit the ID3 Tag Data before download it. For an explanation on ID3 Tag Data, see the bottom of this article.
What is ID3 Tag Data?
When you load a song up in iTunes and it tells you the Artist name, song title, album, year, etc… iTunes isn’t performing a magic trick. In the .mp3 file ID3 Tag Data stores all of the information that you will need. If you want to easily find the song later after transferring it to a mobile device, you better be sure the ID3 data is accurate. Unfortunately most songs on YouTube have either false or completely blank tag data. Lucky for us, the Dirpy team thought ahead and knew that we’d likely be putting these songs on our iPods.
The data entry itself is really self-explanatory so I won’t go into a detailed explanation, but the part that can be confusing is the filename. The filename is completely separate from the tag data, this is especially true for iOS devices. Apple doesn’t even look at the file name when it organizes your songs, so you can literally name the file whatever you like as long as your ID3 tag data is correct.
If you want to download a YouTube video or song, Dirpy can do it. I’ve seen a lot of online services that claim they can download YouTube videos, and a few like Jdownloader which we’ve reviewed in the past. With those alternatives in mind, Dirpy has them beat hands down. It converts files to mp3 on the fly and it also gives you nearly all of the different formats options available for download rather than just an flv file. The service completely free, and for a nice change it isn’t ridden with annoying ads or pop-ups, it’s clean!