How to download music from Youtube? Well in theory you can't but there are many software providers and websites that claim to download music from Youtube within seconds.
Today we're looking at 5 of the best, tried and tested platforms (we used royalty free music). While some are rife with adware, malware and goodness knows what else, some are perfectly legitimate and we'll show you which ones to use.
Most of these Youtube to MP3 converters offer a free trial, with the paid version costing around $20-$100 per year.
Converting Youtube to MP3 files allows you to listen to the files whenever you like. Recently Youtube launched their YT premium feature which serves a similar purpose.
Most of the best Youtube to MP3 converters offer high quality audio files up to 320kbps which is the same quality you'd get from Spotify.
You should only download audio that you have permission too, or royalty free.
Youtubes terms of service make it clear downloading copyrighted music is illegal.
1. Any Video Converter
Any videoconverter.com provides software for downloading videos from various websites. Its Any Video Converter Ultimate product can be used to convert video to a wide range of formats, as well as for downloading audio and music content.
•Users can download and convert videos and audio from YouTube as well as a host of other websites
•Can convert hard copies of DVDs and CDs into audio and video files, as well as create hardcopies from files
•Built in video recorder can record playing video
•Built in video editor allows users to add special effects as well as crop file length
•Has the ability to download videos from popular streaming platforms such as Netflix in HD quality to view offline later
•It can download and convert audio from videos, audio files from platforms such as Amazon Music and Spotify, as well as podcasts, audio books and digital radio
•Syncios Data Transfer software can be used to transfer phone data between Android and Apple operating systems as well as for recovering lost data from back ups
•The software is available in both Mac and Windows versions
Any Video converter offers basic, free versions and paid versions of its software. The paid version of Any Video Converter Ultimate costs $49.95. Older versions of the products can also be tried for free.
2. 4K Youtube to MP3
4k Download is an audio converting software available as a free or paid for download. Its main use is for downloading content from YouTube and converting it to MP3 and 4 formats, as well as downloading audiobooks and podcasts and content from other popular websites such as Vimeo and Instagram.
•The software can download complete channels from YouTube, as well playlists, user’s saved, liked and watch later videos and private content
•Works with YouTube subscription platforms YouTube Premium and YouTube Originals, allowing uses to download premium content without losing quality
•Has a built-in audio player to play music extracted from video files
•Features built in proxy settings allowing users to change their IP address to access and download content not available in a particular region
•Also works with audio books and podcasts
•Although used mainly for downloading YouTube content, can also be used with other popular platforms such as Soundcloud, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook and game streaming site Twitch
•Versions are available in various languages for Windows, Mac and Linux
4k download is free to download and use, supported by advertisements. They also have a premium version available which is ad free and includes unlimited downloads for a one-time fee of $15.
3. Bigasoft Video Downloader Pro
Bigasoft Video Downloader Pro is a video downloading software tool that can be used to download videos from popular websites such as YouTube and convert them to MP4 or other video formats.
Users just copy and paste the video URL into the Downloader and it will automatically begin the download and conversion in the original quality. The software can also be used to convert audio, as well as record video as it plays.
•Download video from over 100 popular sites including YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, BBC, NBC and CBS
•Batch download and batch conversion tool allows multiple videos to be downloaded and converted at one time
•Download whole playlists and channels as well as save videos to download at a later date
•Various video qualities are supported from 240P through to 1080P and 4K, and users can set the preferred video conversion quality to suit their needs
•Built in video recorder can record and save video whilst it is streaming on sites such as Netflix or Hulu
•Can extract audio from videos and convert to a separate MP3 file
Video downloader Pro is available as a free trial. A full featured download can be purchased for $59.99 with both Mac and windows versions available.
4. Youtube Music Downloader
YouTube Music Downloader is a Windows based software product that can be used to download videos and audio from YouTube and other popular websites, before converting them to various audio and video formats such as MP3, MP4, AVI and WMV.
The software needs to be downloaded and run from a user’s computer, and is only available for Windows.
•All current video and audio formats can be downloaded including Vorbis and WebM
•The number of files that can be downloaded is unrestricted
•Can download and convert video such as music videos to audio only MP3 file formats
•As well as YouTube videos, users can also use the software to download content from other popular sites such as Dailymotion, Twitter, Facebook and Google Video
•The software will automatically identify the title of the content and automatically saves the file under that title
•Automatically resumes download if it is interrupted, for example by a lost internet connection
•Requires a small amount of hard drive space, with a download size of only 20 MB
•Compatible with all Windows operating systems including Windows 7, XP and Vista. Versions for Mac are not available.
YouTube Music downloader is available as a free trial. A full featured download is available for a one-time fee of $29.95.
5. Mediahuman Converter
The Mediahuman YouTube to MP3 converter is a free piece of downloadable software that allows users to download videos from YouTube and other popular video sharing websites and convert them to MP3 and other audio and video formats to save and play offline.
•The software can download and convert whole playlists and channels from YouTube at once
•Automatically downloads new video uploads of subscribed channels
•Downloaded files are automatically added to iTunes library
•Extracts and downloads only the audio component, increasing the speed of download and decreasing the size of the file
•Automatically detects the artist name and track title of the video and saves it in the downloaded file, with users being able to change title and cover art image
•Can save audio tracks in original quality without any conversion, increasing download time with no loss of quality
•As well as YouTube, content can be downloaded from other platforms including Vevo, Vimeo, Dailymotion, SoundCloud and Bandcamp amongst others
•Multilingual, available in various languages including Arabic, Czech, Danish, German and Vietnamese
•Available for Windows, Mac and Linux
•Third party virus test on all releases
•Small download size, less than 60Mb
The Mediahuman converter software is completely free to download and use. They do not have paid for versions.
What to look for in a Youtube to MP3 converter?
When it comes to choosing the right software program for you, you should consider the number of files you'll be converting.
If it's just a few per month, you probably don't even need a desktop based converter, as there's many free websites out there, sponsored by advertisements.
Once you start converting a lot, desktop software is much faster and doesn't contain all those annoying popups and fake virus alerts that we've come to expect from the web.
Desktop versions can convert hundreds of videos at the same time, and at a much higher bit rate, usually up to 320kbps. The average on websites is around 128kbps.
Most Windows or Mac OS versions of the software comes with free trials and without updating to a premium version you'll have severe restrictions in place.
Some platforms allow you to convert other platforms as well such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Vimeo.
What's The Best Youtube to MP3 320kbps Converter?
All 5 of the software programs mentioned today have been tried and tested and all work. The best converter in our opinion is one that works up to 320kbps which is CD quality.
Quality is of course relative to the upload quality. If the audio was 128kbps once uploaded, the max you can get during download is only 128kbps.
Our top pick is the Any Video Converter software.
Best Youtube to MP3 Chrome Extension
There's now many Google Chrome extensions which help you convert MP3 files from Youtube, which is strange given Youtube's stance on such applications.
You may find every few months they do a purge on apps in the store, so your app may stop working without notice.
You may find third party applications which can be installed but are not published in the Chrome store. Alternatively you can use the numerous websites out there that offer the same service.
The Best Youtube to MP3 Free Converter
Free isn't always the best option, as there's usually limitations such as the length of file, quality or being subjected to a barage of advertisements or malware within the software or website.
Remember, why would someone offer a free service? 9 times out of 10 there's an upsell, which is likely the premium version, or they make money from ads.
However, all 5 of the companies we mentioned above, offer a free trial.
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