YouTube to Go

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Cool Stuff, Reviews

TubeSock (USD $15.00) starstarstarstarhalf star

TubesockWell I was just listening to the latest creation from the Leo Lapotre TWiT machine, Mac Break Weekly, and I heard them mention this little application for putting YouTube videos on your iPod. Since how to convert YouTube video seems to be something I am getting asked about more and more frequently these days, I decided to check it out. The app is called TubeSock (I know, great name) and appears to be the first creation from StinkBot. What makes TubeSock so great is the same thing that makes many of my favorite Mac apps great, simplicity. It does one task and does it well. There are other ways to save and convert YouTube videos, like through the use Firefox plugins, but TubeSock makes it a pleasure vs. a pain. All you have to do is launch TubeSock, copy the URL of the video you want to convert and hit a button. From there TubeSock takes over, downloads the FLV file (Flash Video File), converts it into a video iPod compatible H.264 video and drops it right into iTunes. Sync your iPod and go. Now that alone would be enough, but Tube Sock also lets you choose other output options. It has settings for PSP, audio MP3, Mac H.264 and you can even save the raw FLV file if you want. It will also let you choose different locations to save the converted video. TubeSock can drop the converted video into your Movies folder for easy viewing in Frontrow or you can choose to place it anywhere else on your Mac. Add to that the option to add a link to your Safari bookmark bar that lets you send videos directly to Tube Sock and you have by far the easiest way to make your favorite YouTube videos available when and where you want to watch them.

There are 7 comments on YouTube to Go:

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  1. Ken | Aug 29 2006 - 06:48

    Great review Adam!

    There is a similar app called PodTube, ( It doesn’t have all of the functionality that TubeSock has but if all you want to do is get YouTube videos on your iPod easily this works very well and it’s free.

  2. rick | Aug 29 2006 - 10:45

    Thanks for bringing these products to our attention. Actually, your description of tubesock here at the maccast is better (clearer) than in their stinkbot website. regards.

  3. Rozza | Aug 31 2006 - 08:07

    in safari while you are watching a video in youtube, go to the menu
    Double click on the large file. (easier to spot while file is still loading, its still in black)
    file should start to download.
    Drag n drop into iSquint and HEY PRESTO!
    sme effect! $15 cheaper!

  4. Pewtermac | Sep 01 2006 - 12:43

    I have just paid for Tubesock and I think its great!!
    Some valid comments above but because Tubesock integrates right into the Safari Bookmark bar, its just one click to put a YouTube clip into Tubesock and is really quick and convenient!
    I really recommend it. Thanks, Stinkbot!

  5. Olly | Sep 05 2006 - 01:17

    Great little program. There are other ways to do this but I haven’t seen one as simple and as close to a one-click solution.

  6. James | Sep 06 2006 - 10:34

    I prefer to use PodTube which does the same thing for free (and even converts it to iPod format and puts it in iTunes for you). I like it so much in fact that it’s this week’s featured Freeware on Ten Minute Mac. Tubesock is prettier, though I have to admit…

  7. Lorenzo | Nov 23 2006 - 12:43

    Hey guys,
    I have an iMac G5 running tiger 10.4.7 and I an having a wierd problem. Whenever I go to a site that has an embedded youtube, flash or some kind of video, there is no sound. If it a quicktime file there is no problem. There is not sound no matter what broswer I use, firefox, camino, safari, or shiira. And keep in mind that about a week ago I was not having this issue.

    Help Would be awesome