Has YouTube become the biggest illegal download website?


The new version of the application you desperately need has just came out but you don’t want to buy it? You already tried searching on BitTorrent but the file you downloaded is fake and/or you still can’t find it? Do you need a serial number too?

No problem, all you need is a Google YouTube search!

I’m not joking, YouTube is full of videos with download links to Uploaded.to, Rapidgator, Zippyshare, MediaFire, you-name-it and serial numbers too, placed in the description ready for everyone to copy-and-paste.

Let’s try with iExplorer, a famous OS X and Windows software made by the guys of Macroplant that lets you manage your iDevice [iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch], move files back and forth, backup SMS messages and other things. It costs 34.99$ but you can get it free on… YouTube! Just search “iExplorer serial” and that’s the result:


I’ve hided the serial in the picture for legal reasons off course, but you can try it by yourself if you don’t believe me.

Downloading illegal software from YouTube can be easier and faster compared to BitTorrent because you won’t need any BitTorrent client installed on your machine and the download speed is around 120 kB/s using a free account on those file sharing websites. Slower compared to BitTorrent, but generally an app, like iExplorer in this case, is around 20 MB so it won’t take more than 10 minutes.

Sadly enough, that’s only a little part of a bigger story. In fact there also are nearly infinite extensions available on the web for all browsers [here’s a few examples: ChromeFirefox] that let’s you instantly convert a video and download it in .mp3 and .mp4 [AAC] format so you can easily download music illegally.

Google recently discovered this problem and banned all .mp3 downloader from his Chrome Web Store, but the phenomena can’t be stopped in my opinion until they block 3rd-party extensions and/or scripts on YouTube and until they develop a filter for uploaded videos containing illegal links or serial numbers.

One thought on “Has YouTube become the biggest illegal download website?

  1. Silent-Hunter says:

    Unfortunately I’ve found that some of the music on YouTube can’t even be found for purchase anywhere. So if I want it, my only choice is to download it from YouTube and convert it to an AAC file.


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