For this question,

How is it not closed? Essentially it amounts to,

What software can I use to download a YouTube video?

Every answer is for a different piece of software?

Another similar question like this,

Disable videos in YouTube, listen to the audio only (every answer is for a different piece of third party software)

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Because the question is concentrating on the problem to be solved. That the only practical solution is a third-party solution is just an unfortunate side effect. If a native way is found (or added by the app developer) later, an answer to that effect can be added.

You might have a look at How do I ask a question that may require recommending a web app? which goes into this in some detail.

Splitting hairs? Maybe. But we tried having recommendation questions, and they by and large ended up with answers that were just a single line and, if you were lucky, a link. By getting people to concentrate on the problem we've been getting better answers.

  • Hey, I'm 100% cool with it. If you acknowledge that it's merely splitting hairs, that's awesome. As a suggestion for the site, I wouldn't close questions of this form webapps.stackexchange.com/q/118790/1066 when questions of this form are gladly accepted webapps.stackexchange.com/q/118819/1066 If we're just splitting hairs we should just fix them so the question is on the right side of the split. Commented Jul 16, 2018 at 18:21
  • As a user, it seemed weird that suggestions were off-topic here. most every question I've seen was answered with a suggestion to use a different tool or service. Commented Jul 16, 2018 at 18:21
  • Outwardly presume the feature there when you know it's not, get a good suggestion. State you know the feature isn't there and ask for a suggestion, be met with hasty doom. lol Commented Jul 16, 2018 at 18:22

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