[HOME] 11:50 AM January 22, 2015

Converting Youtube Videos To A Music CD

I've been asked a few times about downloading and burning of music. At one time a easy enough task using a file sharing program like Ares or Shareaza. I've noticed that these programs don't seem to be as effective as there where at one time. A lot of the networks and services have been shut down by the governments.

Luckily there is always more than one way to do a thing. Here is my method for downloading music and burning of music CD's.

What I use:

  • Opera web browser (any browser will do)
  • A Youtube downloader. My choice - YTD Video Downloader - www.ytddownloader.com/ - some anti virus programs seem to have a problem with this program. I haven't had any issues with it.

    I'm not a music fan of any type, so when I'm downloading music it's usually for someone else and it's mostly gosple or Newfoundland music.

    For this example I'm going to use a Youtube video I picked at random named Newfoundland Party - www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbcxINNGegU

  • First you open up the video to get the URL address of the video. Highlight it then right click on it and click on copy.

  • Then I would open YTD Video Downloader and click on the grey Paste URL button.

  • Then I click on the big red Download button. That takes care of downloading the video. The Activity tab shows your download status. Wait till all downloads are completed.
  • Then I use the same program to convert from the Youtube video to mp3 by clicking on the Convert tab.

  • Now you have to use the Select the video file option to find your downloaded video or you can drag and drop the video from the download folder, however you prefer to do it. Make sure the Convert video to option is set to MPEG Audio Layer 3 (MP3), then it's just a matter of clicking on the red Convert Video button. Again activity tab shows progress.

    At the point now you have successfully downloaded and converted a Youtube Video to a MP3 song file.

    Once you get a few songs downloaded, you then have to burn them of on a CD-R. The following procedure is for Nero 10 my current software. Procedures for other burning software should be very similar. I open up Nero and click on the Music icon on the left hand menu and then pick Audio CD in the right hand menu.

    Then I open the download folder with all my songs and just drag them over to the Nero window. Once all songs are dragged over just click on Next. If you want more than one copy change the Number of copies: and then click on the Burn. Putting in a blank disk at this point helps a bit.

    And thats it. That's how I download music and burn of a CD for them. There are other ways, programs, browser extensions etc. to help accomplish this. But this way works for me right now, just fine. I'll change it only when I have to.

    The Little Operating System That Tried To Hard To Be Like windows - ReactOS

    I have an old XP computer, 2Ghz with 1 GB RAM, and decided to install Ubuntu - www.ubuntu.com

    Unfortunately, it turned out to be slow and choppy on this sytem. I serached online and found some suggestions to speed it up but to no avail. So I went looking for another version that might work on this older system. That's when I came across a system that I've heard a little bit about before - called ReactOS - https://reactos.org/

    To quote from their site:

    "ReactOS® is a free open source operating system based on the best design principles found in the Windows NT® architecture (Windows versions such as Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 are built on Windows NT architecture). Written completely from scratch, ReactOS is not a Linux based system, and shares none of the UNIX architecture.

    The main goal of the ReactOS® project is to provide an operating system which is binary compatible with Windows. This will allow your Windows® applications and drivers to run as they would on your Windows system. Additionally, the look and feel of the Windows operating system is used, such that people accustomed to the familiar user interface of Windows® would find using ReactOS straightforward. The ultimate goal of ReactOS® is to allow you to use it as alternative to Windows® without the need to change software you are used to.

    ReactOS 0.3.17 is still in alpha stage, meaning it is not feature-complete and is recommended only for evaluation and testing purposes."

    This sounds so cool to someone like myself who fixes computers where people want to upgrade/change their current systems but can't afford to. Having a Freeware Windows like system that can also run Windows programs. If it was reliable I'd be tempted to switch myself.

    So I downloaded their latest version, burned of the iso to CD, then booted of the CD to replace Ubuntu. The install seemed to go without any issues, very similar to Windows (early versions), and then it got to the point where it said to remove the CD and let the computer reboot.

    Then it rebooted directly into .... a BSOD - Blue Screen Of Death.

    To imitate Windows, maybe it should set it's goals a little bit higher. So far I haven't found a solution to this problem.

    Full Size Laptops Without DVD Drives

    I'd rather have a Desktop than a laptop, but I noticed a disturbing trend in new laptops. No DVD drive. The computer manufacturers have found another way to screw it's customers. Charging extra for the DVD drive than has been standard for a few years now on laptops.

    Bloody RIP-OFF fars I'm concern.

    Facebook Mystery Solved

    How many times did you open up Facebook and see a number in brackets in the tab and wonder what it was for?

    I was doing something for my Uncle through his account and I saw the number was up to (81). I decided to go online to see what this number meant. One source claimed it was the number of Windows opening in the background. Which I doubted since such a number would surely crash the browser and possibly computer.

    I found out it simply meant the number of notifications you receive. If you go across the top of Facebook page usually just after the words Find Friends you'll see three symbols. One that looks like two heads, these are your friend requests. The middle one is for messages and the third are notifications. There are sometimes little red boxes with numbers in them over these symbols - if you added up all these numbers, it's the same one being displayed in the browser tab, so it's just the sum total of notifications.