Plex Launches a New Desktop App with Download Feature for macOS and Windows

Plex has launched a new app for macOS and Windows desktop users. The new version borrows all the features from the Plex app and adds a new download feature. The download feature will allow you to download and save content for offline viewing. In order to use the download feature, Plex Pass will be required.

We have a brand new desktop app that we’re excited to show off! It has all the glorious player capability of Plex Media Player, plus an exciting new offline capability. We used to call it “Sync”, but now it’s just “Downloads” — a friendlier term that means it’s just a single click to take your favorite media with you, and you can find it all in one predictable place. It’s also built on a much simpler and more reliable mechanism, so downloads start quickly, and give clearer feedback along the way. It’s a bit of a sneak peek at the direction we’re headed with offline media across the board (including the mobile apps), so check it out and let us know how it works for you!

The company maintains that Plex Media Player will live on. However, Plex says that it will stop offering updates for the old app and will end HTPC setups in the near future. “The new desktop app is notably lacking TV mode, which means that we’re going to stop supporting the traditional HTPC setup (using a desktop computer connected to your TV or home theater) with this app. There. We said it. It marks the end of an era for us, and we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t a little bittersweet.”

Our Take

Plex took note of the way people are using its services and concluded that users will have a better experience with the streaming device and the new player. Plex established itself in a time when it was very difficult to access personal content from PC to TV. Today we have a slew of options including HDMI cable, Chromecast and Smart TV. In a blog post, Plex noted that Apple TV and Android players support all the formats that Plex supports.