Thanks for the replies peeps. I guess if I had known about alternatives a while back I would certainly have used them, however I don't really see the point just now as I have the BBC offering working on two out of three distros, it is only Mint that won't co-operate. Therefore although I am using Mint most of the time I have no problem in swiching to another distro when I want to download a program.
As for the quality issues, this is of no concern to me because very often streaming is not a possibility because the bandwidth is not available. In fact I would rather have a lower quality download because, you would hope that it would have a smaller file size.
Thanks for the answers anyway, I wish I had known about the alternatives earlier.
Fujitsu Lifebook AH532. Intel i5 processor, 6Gb ram, Intel HD3000 graphics, Intel Audio/wifi. Realtek RTL8111/8168B Ethernet.Lubuntu 13.10,Ubuntu12.10 (Unity), Mint16 (Cinnamon), Manjaro (Xfce).