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Q: Looking for a download manager software ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Looking for a download manager software
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: billbauer-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 17 May 2006 10:03 PDT
Expires: 16 Jun 2006 10:03 PDT
Question ID: 729757
I have never used any download manager software.  I am not really sure
how they work or what they do.  I would like to describe what I need
to be done, and ask for your kind help in finding software that can do
this for me.

Suppose I have a URL with links to mp3 files (see for example ), and I would like to download all of
these files without having to right click on each link and "Save
target as".  Is there a software takes a URL and a folder where I want
the files saved as inputs and then systematically, one by one, saves
the files listed on that URL page?

Thank you for your help!

Request for Question Clarification by palitoy-ga on 17 May 2006 10:15 PDT
Hello billbauer-ga,

There are a number of different solutions depending on the system you
are using.  Are you using Microsoft Windows?  What version are you

Additionally it would help if I knew what browser you use to surf the
internet.  If you are using the excellent Firefox
( browser there is a plugin that will do
exactly what you require without the need of additional software.

Let me know the answers to these minor questions and I will post the
answer you require as soon as I hear back from you.


Request for Question Clarification by palitoy-ga on 17 May 2006 10:15 PDT
I forgot to ask, what is your budget for the software?  Does it have to be free?

Clarification of Question by billbauer-ga on 17 May 2006 10:19 PDT
Hello, palitoy-ga 

Thank you for your quick reply.

I am using Windows 2000 Server, IE 6.0.2800.
I would like a link to free software that can do this, if one exists.



Request for Question Clarification by palitoy-ga on 17 May 2006 11:10 PDT
I am having trouble locating a free (as in cost and as in spy and
advert free) solution to your problem.

Would the Firefox solution be acceptable to you?  This would require
you to use the Firefox web browser to surf to the page you wished to
download the links from and then simply right-click to start the
download manager and choose which links you wanted to download.

Let me know if this is acceptable and I can talk you through it.


Clarification of Question by billbauer-ga on 17 May 2006 11:11 PDT
Ok, a Firefox solution would be acceptable.

Thank you for your time, 

Subject: Re: Looking for a download manager software
Answered By: palitoy-ga on 17 May 2006 11:34 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Bill,

Thank-you for accepting my clarifications as your answer.

Please follow these instructions to get things working:

1) Download and install Firefox from
2) Open Firefox and go to (you should find
it similar to use as Internet Explorer with a URL bar along the top of
the screen)
3) Click on the Install DownThemAll link and follow the instructions
to complete the installation
4) Exit Firefox and then restart Firefox again (to complete the
installation of the DownThemAll plugin)
5) Navigate to the page you wish to download from
6) Right-click anywhere on the page and you should see an option
"DownThemAll!", choose this and the sub-option "DownThemAll!"
7) This will open a small window with a number of options.  In the
main part of this window you will see the links that DownThemAll is
going to download.  Choose where you wish the files to be saved and
click the Videos checkbox (it should be checked/ticked).
8) Click Start and the window should change and start downloading the files.

Please let me know if you require any further assistance on this
subject and I will do my best to respond swiftly.

Request for Answer Clarification by billbauer-ga on 17 May 2006 12:02 PDT

I am sorry, I am running Downthemall for
and I am getting a "503 error" for all of the mp3 files.  Their site
seems to have software that defeats multiple downloads.

You have definitely answered my original question.  I will be able to
use this plug in whenever I need to do this again for a different

However, is there a way to fix Downthemall so that it works for
site, or is there any other software under $20 that will do this for site?  Is it a good idea if I paste the first sentence of this
paragraph as a new question (with my bid of $5) in Google Answers? 
Would you be able to help me with it?


Clarification of Answer by palitoy-ga on 17 May 2006 12:48 PDT
A 503 error is a server error which we unfortunately can do little
about (I've not experienced it before with DownThemAll - it might be
worth you contacting the developers of the plugin and they may be able
to help you more with it).

There is a list of other download managers here:

From this list I have had experience using FlashGet, GetRight and
LeechGet and I can recommend any of these in their paid forms.  (I
believe FlashGet does what you require but is $30, this is the
software I used to use before using the Firefox method.  Unfortunately
the free version of this software contains spyware (Cydoor software
that tracks your internet usage) which is why I did not recommend it
in the first place.)

I do not have time to search through these tonight but if you leave
this with me I will do a little more searching on the subject

Clarification of Answer by palitoy-ga on 18 May 2006 02:10 PDT
Hi Bill,

As promised I have looked into this for you this morning and have
discovered that ReGet appears to be the cheapest solution that
definitely has the functionality you require.  Unfortunately without
buying and testing the product I cannot tell whether it will work with
the website.

ReGet -
Prices from $9.95

Another option for you would be to use a program such as HTTrack. 
This is not a download manager but instead makes an exact copy of a
website (or webpage) on your hard disk so that you can browse it later
at your leisure without being connected to the internet.  HTTrack is
another free solution and appeared to work with the website. 
In support of HTTrack, I have used the program for a number of years
and I have found it to be excellent, relatively simple to use and one
(if not the best) available for mirroring websites on Windows
machines.  You can find out more about this software here:
billbauer-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $4.00
Palitoy went out of his way to provide me with an exceptional answer. 
I really appreciate his kind help.

Subject: Re: Looking for a download manager software
From: palitoy-ga on 19 May 2006 02:03 PDT
Thank-you for the kind comments, 5-star answer and tip!  They are all appreciated.
Subject: Re: Looking for a download manager software
From: cheezeweeze-ga on 16 Jun 2006 22:29 PDT
"503 error" resolution for DownThemAll! v0.

Try disabling the multipart download.

In Firefox, right click the web page and select DownThemAll!
Goto Preferences (bottom right)
Multipart download
max chunks' number per download: 1(Disabled)

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