How to Download Audio from YouTube Quickly and Easily

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Diana Briceño
How to Download Audio from YouTube Quickly and Easily

Wonder how to download audio from YouTube? Today we’re sharing the best free, fast, and easy ways you can do this whether you just want the audio file or want to use it for your video content.

How to download audio from a YouTube video for free

Download audio from a video using ytmp3

Step 1 - Go to ytmp3

Step 2 - Copy the YouTube url (highlight the text, copy)

Step 3 - Paste it into ytmp3

Step 4 - Click ‘Download mp3’

Step 5 - That’s it! You can close the next pop up screen. Your MP3 is downloading.

Note: This works on desktop (Windows, Mac, etc.) and mobile devices (iPhone, Android OS, iPad, etc.)



Download audio from a YouTube video using 320ytmp3

Step 1 - Go to 320ytmp3

Step 2 - Copy the YouTube url (highlight the text, copy)

Step 3 - Paste it into 320ytmp3. Hit ‘Search’

Step 4 - Choose your audio quality (128kbps is standard*), then hit ‘Convert’

Step 5 - Simply click ‘Download’. 

Step 6 - That’s it! Your YouTube audio is downloading.

*If you choose a higher quality (eg. 320kbps) then your audio file will have a larger file size. 


Pro Tip: Edit your next YouTube video (or download it straight from the URL) using VEED


Download audio from a YouTube video using onlymp3.net

Step 1 - Go to the YouTube url

Step 2 - Type the letters ‘mz’ after ‘youtube’

Step 3 - Press ‘Enter’

Step 4 - Hit the ‘Download’ button (not the ‘Convert’ button)

Step 5 - That’s it! Your YouTube audio track is downloading.


How to use ytop1 to download audio from a YouTube video

Step 1 - Go to ytop1

Step 2 - Copy the YouTube url (highlight the text, copy)

Step 3 - Paste it into ytop1

Step 4 - Select ‘MP3’, and hit ‘Download’

Step 5 - That’s it! Your MP3 is downloading.

How to BULK download MP3s from YouTube

Most sites that allow you to convert YouTube videos to MP3 only let you convert one video at a time. In order to download multiple MP3s from YouTube videos, you will need to download and install software. 

We tried a few of the available YouTube converter tools, and here’s the one we would recommend:


How to use mediahuman to convert YouTube to MP3:

Step 1 - Go here and download the right version for your computer’s OS

Step 2 - Follow the instructions to complete installation

Step 3 - Copy the YouTube playlist url

Step 4 - Open the YouTube to MP3 app. And hit the ‘Paste Link’ button

Step 5 - Hit ‘Start all’


Notes:

  • We found this did not work for all YouTube videos
  • We found this did not work for all YouTube playlists
  • If the app failed to add the playlist then we added the videos one by one (using the above steps) and then bulk downloaded the audio tracks by clicking ‘Start all’
  • Overall we were impressed by how simple and fast this app was
  • The audio format of the files was MP3 and the quality was good
  • You can choose which folder your audio files will download to: Go to File > ‘Settings’ (on PC) or ‘Preferences’ (on Mac). Select ‘Audio Output’ menu. Choose ‘Download Folder’
  • This app is not currently available for android, ios (iphone), or other mobile devices


Is it illegal?

Sometimes downloading (or ‘ripping’) audio content breaks YouTube’s terms of service. So, the answer is - it depends.

For example, if you are converting your own YouTube videos with only non-copyrighted material, that should be fine. However, if you are downloading copyrighted material (eg. from a music video), then that is breaking the YouTube terms of service


Here are a few examples that will hopefully clear this up:


OK:

✔ Converting your own personal YouTube videos (with copyright-free audio you have recorded) into an MP3

✔ Converting somebody else’s YouTube video to MP3, after getting their permission

✔ Downloading music sound effects from your own video or somebody else’s (with permission)

✔ Using these MP3s on your own site, with reference to the original YouTube videos


BREAKING YOUTUBE’S TERMS OF SERVICE:

✘ Converting a copyrighted music video into an MP3

✘ Converting (part of) a copyrighted movie into an MP3

✘ Converting a copyrighted podcast into an MP3


Here’s what YouTube has to say on the matter:

‘You are not allowed to: access, reproduce, download, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, alter, modify or otherwise use any part of the Service or any Content except: (a) as specifically permitted by the Service;  (b) with prior written permission from YouTube and, if applicable, the respective rights holders; or (c) as permitted by applicable law;’


Where can I download ‘royalty free’ music?

Here is our awesome full guide on how to download ‘Royalty Free’ music. But for a list of the best sites, here you go:

  • Bensound lets you download music for free as long as you credit them as the source.
  • Pixabay has some free, public domain MP3s you can download also 
  • Soundstripe uses a subscription model like Netflix where you pay a monthly or yearly fee to access the whole catalog. 
  • Premium Beat has a wide variety of music also based on a subscription model


What if I want to download a YouTube video?

Download video (mp4) using ytmp3

Step 1 - Go to ytmp3

Step 2 - Copy the YouTube url (highlight the text, copy)

Step 3 - Select ‘mp4’. Then paste in the url

Step 4 - Hit ‘Download mp4’

Step 5 - That’s it! You can close the next pop up screen. Your video (mp4) is downloading.



Download video (mp4) using 320ytmp3

Step 1 - Go to 320ytmp3

Step 2 - Copy the YouTube url (highlight the text, copy)

Step 3 - Paste it into 320ytmp3. Hit ‘Search’

Step 4 - Select ‘Video’. Then choose from one of the video quality options*

Step 5 - Hit ‘Download’. 

Step 6 - That’s it! Your video (mp4) is downloading.

*If you choose a higher quality (eg. 1280x720) then your video file will have a larger file size


FAQs

How do I download and save an MP3 from YouTube?

  1. Copy the url of the video you want to convert
  2. Go to ytmp3.com
  3. Paste the url into the search box
  4. Hit ‘Convert’
  5. ‘Download mp3’


How do I download audio from YouTube?

  1. Copy the url of the video you want to convert
  2. Go to ytmp3.com
  3. Paste the url into the search box
  4. Hit ‘Convert’
  5. ‘Download mp3’


Is it legal to download (rip) audio from youtube?

Downloading a song from a video that is copyrighted breaks the YouTube terms of service.


Who owns the copyright?

YouTube videos are (usually) copyrighted to the person (or company) who made and uploaded them to YouTube. Instead of downloading the video/audio you can always link to another person's YouTube video. But, of course, you shouldn’t upload it under your own name or claim it as your own.

How to Download Audio from YouTube Quickly and Easily

Diana Briceño

Head of content at VEED and documenting my career lessons online at @dianagetssocial.

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