13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2011 11:20 PM by X423424X
NanoG5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi All,

Don't know where to put this thread, sorry if i'm wrong.
By the way, what is download manager do you use? Speed Download, iGetter, or? Why?
I'm new to Mac. Previously I use Window$ and pretty happy with IDM (Internet Download Manager), especially with its browser integration and performance. Do we have such good download manager like IDM on Mac?

Thanks!

MacBook 2.1, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Whitecity Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
    Why do you want one?
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (47,205 points)
    Personally I don't use any of them. I have found them to be basically worthless.



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  • NanoG5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Surely it improves my download speed by using file segmentation (multiple connection per file). For example if I download a file by using browser, I can only get 100-200Kbps speed. But if I download using download manager, it will utilize my full bandwidth, say around 1Mbps.
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (47,205 points)
    That is what they claim but in my testing of them I was never able to realize an increase at all. Personally I look at the file segmentation trick as smoke and mirrors.


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  • Grant Greene Level 6 Level 6 (14,745 points)
    In the past, some download managers have caused quite a few problems. Won't say the specific ones as they are quite defensive, although it was obvious their software was causing the problem. Download managers are more trouble than their worth.

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  • NanoG5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    actually that was my experience, not their claim..
    thanks anyway
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (47,205 points)
    You asked for our opinion on download managers and so far everyone has said they are basically worthless crap. I don't know what else we can do for you.

    If you believe they help then use them along with your tinfoil hat.

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  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (31,135 points)
    Nano --

    Welcome to Apple Discussions!
    We're not staff, but other Mac users here, asking questions and sharing solutions.

    So, are you on dial-up?
    Is that the reason you are looking for faster downloads?
  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,215 points)
    My personal favorite is iGetter. Other's favor Speed Download. They are the two most popular download managers for the Mac although there are a few others that appeal to various people. Contrary to what others say here I've never seen reports of any them causing problems.

    I find iGetter useful (and this equally applies to Speed Download too) because I prefer to queue up what I want to download if I'm downloading multiple items from, say, macupdate. And it can speed up your perceived download speed because you can configure them to download multiple items at once. I say perceived because obviously the sum total isn't going to use more bandwidth than what's available to you. However for whatever reason you may desire to not use all your bandwidth for downloading and these download managers can be set to do that. Finally I think these download managers are much better at picking up a paused download than the browsers are.

    Although I started using iGetter way back with dial-up I still use today it with 6meg broadband connection.
  • KJK555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
    I use Speed download. I have used it since feb. 2008. I have no complaints against it, except that
    it's ftp uploading interface is a bit cumbersome and unintuitive, but I works. Fugu and cyberduck
    are much better ftp management programs with lots more features.

    An excellent firefox downloader add-on (extension) is DownLoadThemAll. Of course it only works
    with firefox, but it's priced right.
  • NanoG5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi All, thanks for the reply.
    Currently I'm using 3G modem as my internet connection with +up to+ 1mbps speed. Download manager helps me with that unstable 3G connection, say for resuming, or utilizing our bandwidth effectively because what I and X423424X explained above.
    Sometimes I use my office connection which is 6mbps. But strangely, when I download a file using a browser then the maximum speed will only about 200-300 kbps. Whereas if I use a download manager then the total speed could reach above 4 megs. Seems like the administrator (whether intentionaly or not) limit the single connection.
  • Mozza_71 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi, My internet provider is poor at the best of times an I am unable to download any more than 20 to 25 meg of data before it freezes. I would like to know if it possible to download itunes updates and iphone updates through a manager that can resume downloading once the connection is restored.

    Cheers
  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,215 points)
    Theoretically, yes

    I guess I should add, there are a some sites that don't permit a download manager to specify a download starting point other than from the beginning. But Apple is not one of them.