About Peggo

Peggo is a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) that records MP3s and MP4s of your favorite YouTube videos and SoundCloud tracks.

Peggo's packed with great features like volume normalization, unwanted silence removal, metadata discovery, integrated search, subtrack offsets, and artist and title tags. You can read more about Peggo's many great features here.

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Legality

We've received a number of questions about the legality of Peggo, so we thought it would be helpful to elucidate on the topic here.

First and foremost, Peggo is used by people around the world and legality depends on many factors like one's location and its according laws. It's up to individual users to determine the legality of their activities.

For users in the United States, and countries with similar laws, Peggo is perfectly legal.

Peggo is a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) that lets you make personal recordings of publicly available media for later use and is protected by the Supreme Court's Betamax ruling (Sony Corporation of America vs Universal City Studios). For context, this is the same ruling that protects the millions of DVRs like Tivo in half of American households.

What makes Peggo great?

Here are a few things that help make Peggo special.

  • High quality MP3s

    Record MP3s at the highest quality available. See here for more information on recording quality.

  • Record videos, too

    Record your favorite videos as MP4s, from mobile-friendly 144p to full HD 1080p.
  • Silence removal

    Silence at the beginning and end of videos is automatically removed so you get a beautiful MP3 with just the good stuff. You can read more about Peggo's silence removal here.

  • Volume normalization

    Every recording's volume is normalized to the same, comfortable level so you never have to reach for the volume dial between MP3s again. You can read more about Peggo's volume normalization here.

  • Metadata discovery

    Peggo discovers and fills in the correct MP3 metadata, like the album, album art, and release date, if available.

  • Subtrack support

    Record just the portion of the video you want, like from 0:10 to 1:45.

  • ID3 tags

    Specify the title and artist tags. Undesired words like 'HD', '1080p', and 'lyrics' are automatically removed.

  • No obnoxious advertisements

    No full-screen, pop-up, or pop-under advertisements. Ever.

  • Real-time recording

    No wait -- downloads start immediately.

  • Integrated search

    Quickly find videos of interest, right from Peggo.

  • Bookmarklet

    Load your favorite videos in Peggo with one click, directly from YouTube or SoundCloud. You can read more about Peggo's bookmarklet here.

Audio quality

Peggo records MP3s at the highest qualities available from YouTube and SoundCloud, or optionally from 64 kbps to 256 kbps.

Peggo also does what you expect and avoids wasted space: if the source video's audio can't match the selected bitrate, the source's audio bitrate is used instead. For example, if a YouTube video that's only available at 128 kbps is recorded with 256 kbps selected, the MP3 will be recorded at the correct 128 kbps and not a needlessly inflated 256 kbps.

All YouTube videos are available at 128 kbps, while YouTube videos with higher quality audio are available at 256 kbps. Whether or not a YouTube video's audio is available at 256 kbps depends on the audio quality of the original uploaded video.

You can view the bitrates of YouTube's various formats on Wikipedia here (click [show] to the right of Comparison of YouTube media encoding options).

All SoundCloud tracks are available at 128 kbps.

Silence removal and volume normalization

Peggo helps you maintain a consistent, harmonious MP3 library by performing two helpful operations on new recordings: volume normalization and silence removal.

Have you ever had to reach for the volume dial after changing TV channels, radio stations, or songs in your music library? The problem is that different content has different volumes, and online videos are no different -- some are quiet and some are loud. So you never have to reach for the volume dial between MP3s again, Peggo normalizes every recording to the same, comfortable volume.

Many videos also have silence at the beginning and/or end as part of intros or outros. The silence may be fitting when accompanied by video, but it's often jarring and undesired for audio-only listening. So you're never left with jarring silence between MP3s again, Peggo removes unwanted silence from the beginning and end of videos.

Let's explore Peggo's volume normalization and silence removal with an example.

The above video is two seconds of silence, a quiet scene, and another two seconds of silence. A recording without volume normalization and silence removal would be quiet and disjointed.

Instead, try recording the video with Peggo here (with the Remove Silence and Normalize options checked). The result is an MP3 of just the good stuff at the same, comfortable volume as your existing library. Beautiful.