YouTube has had long standing love affair with India, but a free app that lets people download videos from YouTube and other platforms has soared in popularity, despite Google’s attempts to crack down on services that flout copyright laws.
Why are YouTube upset? The downloading of videos to watch offline is something only paid subscribers will be do in the future and this will impact that plan.
India-based Videoder has stated on it website that it has over 40 million users and supports 1,000 different platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, allowing people to download videos and music to watch offline. Videoder is trending that much in India, that it has overtaken Bitcoin according Trendsrevealing which tracks social media activity across India.
YouTube did not respond when asked for a comment about Videoder’s popularity, Google have stated on previous occasions that this is not something they support across it platforms, and question it legality.
“You agree not to access content for any reason other than your personal, non-commercial use… and solely for streaming,” the terms of service state. “Streaming means a contemporaneous digital transmission of the material by YouTube via the Internet to a user operated Internet enabled device in such a manner that the data is intended for real-time viewing and not intended to be downloaded (either permanently or temporarily), copied, stored, or redistributed by the user.”
For its part, Videoder acknowledges that the service it offers may not be above board, stating on its website: “Videoder is not available on google playstore because of certain google terms and conditions which prohibits Youtube downloading apps for copyright concern [sic].”
Despite not being available through the Google Play Store, the app is readily available on Android and Windows through the Videoder website. It is currently not available for iOS or Windows Phone, however Videoder says iPhone and Windows device owners will soon be able to download YouTube videos directly through the Videoder site.
The Videoder app – available on Mac, Windows and Android – offers a far broader functionality beyond simply downloading videos and music from YouTube and other content providers, such as removing ads from video streams and providing lists of trending videos.
“You can always know what’s trending when you are on Videoder,” the firm states on its site. “The app has an amazing feed section which always helps you to stay in touch with the trend and discover new music, videos and artists.”