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Wikipedia defines a download manager as: a computer program designed to download files from the Internet, unlike a web browser, which is mainly intended to browse webpages on the World Wide Web (with file downloading being of secondary importance).
This year, the most popular option in the poll was "None" with 64 votes out of 144 total votes, which is 44.4%.
There are a few possible explanations:
The vast majority of users have no need for one, because a Download Manager is usually perceived as something used to speed up a download. Not necessary with DSL/Cable.
The popular browsers (IE, Firefox, Opera) have built-in download managers and/or extensions to increase their functionality.
However, the 2nd place pick, FlashGet, has 17 votes which is 11.8%.
This indicates that there are users that use a download manager for other purposes, such as scheduling, resuming a download, and opening up multiple connections to a download server, which can greatly speed up a download even on broadband.
And last but not least, the 3rd most popular pick is Free Download Manager with 15 votes which is 10.4%.
Other Download Managers mentioned:
•Internet Download Manager
• DownThemAll! (Firefox extension only)
Links verified as of 8/10/06