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My ISP provides cheaper downloads during an offpeak of 2am to 10am. What is a good download manager for OS X that allows me to schedule my downloads so they automatically start at 2am and stop at 10am?

Although a free program is best, I am willing for fork out a few dollars. It would also be really good if the program would automatically launch (if not already open) at 2am and start downloads, and even better if it could wake my macbook up from sleep when the lid is shut and download then (although I don't expect to find an application that can do that).

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MacOS X has the built in functionality with cron. Open a terminal and type crontab -e. You can use scheduled curl -O requests to download stuff.

I realize this is a sort of nuts n' bolts answer, but it's what came to mind.

EDIT: Replaced wget with curl -O as it is the built in option. Though I would recommend installing MacPorts for goodies such as wget and possibly better options such as aria2.

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Never thought of that, but osx does not come with wget :) –  David Pearce Jul 16 '09 at 0:56
    
You can use curl -O instead of wget. launchd is also recommended over cron on Mac OS X. –  Chealion Jul 16 '09 at 1:23
    
Ah yes, sorry. I use macports too judiciously. Launchd is preferred, but not entirely necessary. Considering that it takes a few more steps to schedule something using launchd, I thought cron would be easier. –  moshen Jul 16 '09 at 1:29
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Speed Download is a popular choice for a download manager. Although it is not free, it has individual (and global) download scheduling, optional integration with Safari, download acceleration and resumable downloads.

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