Why are video downloader add-ons so popular?

bobbuun bobbuun at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 9 23:49:03 UTC 2015

As someone who's used this family of add-ons, let me enumerate the 
reasons I, personally, have used them. It was a challenge to find one 
that I found trustworthy enough to add initially; I noticed even way 
back that many were bundled with crap.

* Web media players suck. Imprecise volume controls, crappy or 
nonexistent resizing/aspect ratio/playback rate changing, woeful 
precaching, and tendency to fail/stop. Multiply all of these for 
Flash-based players.
* Slow Internet at home (or out), download videos elsewhere, take home.
* Traveling, download video so I can take it with me where there's no 
Internet. (Or only metered/slow mobile Internet).
* Video I know I'll be repeat watching, download so it can be found and 
re-watched easily and without downloading again.
* Keep a local copy for much better pausing/resuming over long videos 
(separate media players have better resource use than browser sessions, 
which can get bloated and require restarts -- then I lost my spot).
* Local copy for MUCH better seeking to skip around/re-watch segments.
* Have video file to extract (legally allowed) segments for 
non-infringing uses. (Frequent example: Show ads during a university 
marketing course to discuss the ad academically; lecture materials 
should always be entirely self-contained and never rely on a live 
Internet connection.)

Sites I've used such on? Youtube, Wimp, Vimeo.

On 06/09/2015 04:34 PM, Anthony Hughes wrote:
> Not sure if you're trolling me but obviously I'm unaware how *any* of these
> break terms of service. I was merely trying to call out that we should
> tread lightly, especially as it pertains to topsites like Youtube. You seem
> to have missed the core message of my comment: agreement with Chris that we
> should be focusing efforts on fixing issues that drive people to install
> these addons and ultimately switch to Chrome.
> My apologies if my naivety caused offense.
> On 9 June 2015 at 12:22, Mike Hoye <mhoye at mozilla.com> wrote:
>> On 2015-06-09 2:15 PM, Anthony Hughes wrote:
>>> I am personally against implementing *any* features which enable users to
>>> violate terms of service.
>> When you file the bugs to drop devtools, disable caching, ssl decryption
>> and copy/paste and remove view-source, search and the URL bar, please CC me.
>> - mhoye
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