They say that the kids these days don’t listen to vinyl records, nor CDs. And apparently they don’t even use Rdio or Spotify. They use – get this – YouTube.
Which is presumably why Eltima software has made Airy, an app for downloading YouTube videos and extracting the audio to an MP3 file.
I had heard about this kids’ YouTube thing, but I saw it first hand a week or so back when some young ‘uns had a dinner on the roof terrace opposite my apartment. For music, they had a laptop (PC, crappy) out on the terrace and tuned to the YouTube web homepage. And that’s how they’d listen to music. It works I guess, but it’s far from elegant. Then again, from the looks on the youngsters’ faces, it seems they were more interested in getting to “dessert”, if you know what I mean.
Airy is simple. Simple enough for sex-crazed teenagers even. Paste in a URL and choose your target output format. MP3 is there. But you can also rip the video too, into universal MP4 or one of a slew of beardo codecs (webm 360p? 3GP 144p?).
The app costs $20, which pretty much guarantees it will never be bought by a single teenager. It is also supposedly in the Mac App Store, but was either never there or has been recently pulled by Apple, as I can’t find it. No matter – as a Mac app you can just grab a trial from the Eltima site.
Sex is what I mean. ↩