The Best Free Tools For Faster Music Downloads

Get music and videos faster with a download manager

Turbo-charging Your Music Downloads

When you want to download digital music from the Internet (in the form of MP3 files etc.), most people use their Web browser. Popular ones such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari are good at doing this, and if you only download the odd one now and again, then this is probably all you need.

However, when you've got a lot of downloads to do, Browsers tend to be slower than a dedicated file downloader. If you’ve never used one before, then they not only help to download files from the Web quicker, but also provide useful features. This can include:

  • Better management of download folders (i.e music, videos, etc.)
  • Playing / converting different file formats.
  • Easier to download multiple files from one Web page.
  • Schedule a time to do your downloading.
  • Resume broken downloads.

File download managers are also useful for keeping track of where you downloaded a file from.

If you regularly download music and video files, then you might have already suffered problems like downloads not completing or ones that are very slow. File download managers typically support advanced features such as multi-threaded downloading, P2P networks, and alternative mirrors. You can also use some download managers to download media from sites like Youtube etc.

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Free Download Manager

Free Download Manager
Main screen of Free Download Manager. Image © Free Download Manager.ORG

Free Download Manager is an open source program for the Windows operating system. It supports the resuming of broken downloads in case there’s an interruption in your connection.

What makes FDM unique compared to most software of this type is that you can also use it to convert music and video formats; this is extremely handy if for example you need to quickly convert to MP3.

To maximize download speeds, FDM uses mirror sites where possible. The program also comes with other useful tools such as a site explorer, HTML spider, BitTorrrent downloader, and a scheduler if you need to download files at a particular time of the day.

Overall, FDM is one of the best free downloaders out there and is probably the one to use if you also need to convert formats too.

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JDownloader

JDownloader File Manager
Grabbing music links using JDownloader. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

JDownloader is an open-source program which can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

It has some great features for downloading files and even comes with a built-in archive extraction tool. It’s user interface is intuitive to use and has a plethora of options to tweak.

Not only is it a good all-rounder for downloading any type of file, it is particularly useful for downloading from websites that use a bot protection system (Captcha).

The program can also analyze text with links which can be a real time-saver when downloading multiple songs from one Web page for instance.

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Download Accelerator Plus

Download Accelerator Plus
Downloading music and videos with DAP. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Boasting up to 400% faster download speeds than normal, Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) for Windows has a good feature set. It is available in 38 languages and even comes with built-in Twitter integration.

It has advanced features such as Mirroring Speed Boost which searches for the same file on multiple mirror sites to maximize download speeds. It also supports pause and resume downloads which is especially useful for large files.

To better organize your downloads, DAP also has a category manager. This can automatically detect the file type that is being downloaded and places it in a download folder of your choice. The music category for example detects files ending in  MP3 PLJ  WMA WAV AC3 AAC, but this can be modified at any time.

DAP also has a handy site manager and a video previewer too that lets you watch videos as they are downloading.