I visit dozens of musician sites every week searching for great new music to listen to. Many independent bands provide several of their songs in MP3 or WMA format. I don’t always have time to listen to every track when I visit a site, but if I like the first song I hear, chances are, I might like several more. With literally hundreds of songs spread across the various musician sites I visit, the prospect of having to right-click save target as for each song became so overwhelming I simply stopped downloading new music. Aaron’s WebVacuum eliminates my frustration and makes downloading music fun again. Using Aaron’s WebVacuum, I find a musician site offering free music tracks, I put the site URL in Aaron’s WebVacuum, and the music files are downloaded to a directory on my hard drive.
Functionality isn’t limited to downloading music. I’m also finding it useful for downloading PDF files from companies with large white paper libraries. In fact, the app is configurable to look for files of virtually any type. Think about the possibilities-instead of browsing through the entire Project Gutenberg library looking for ebooks by a specific author, simply download all the books in your preferred format and browse your local hard drive for new titles. Is there a particular public image archive with photos you want to store on your local drive? Use WebVacuum to grab them instead of doing the right-click/save shuffle.
Keep in mind, this isn’t peer-to-peer file sharing. Aaron’s WebVacuum simplifies the process of downloading files available on public Websites. Large collections of files are queued, offering the option to save the queue and continue the download process later. Files are optionally dumped to one common directory, or sorted by directory level, preserving the organization used by the original Website. The trial version is limited by adding a 5-second pause every few downloads.