Download and convert songs from YouTube videos ready to enjoy offline.
There are lots of websites that can strip the audio from YouTube videos and send you the audio file to download, but here we’ve chosen to focus mainly on desktop software.
Here, I have rounded up the very best tools for extracting audio from YouTube videos and downloading it as an MP3 – or any other audio format you prefer.
You should only download content when you have the copyright owner’s permission. YouTube’s terms of service explicitly prohibit unauthorized downloading.
The first time you install the software you’ll be presented with a Windows 8-style menu showing you all the options available. There’s a video to MP3 converter icon on the left, but this only works with files already on your PC. To download and convert a video to MP3 format in one step, select the YouTube downloader and paste its URL into the box labelled ‘URL del video’.
Next, take your pick from the dozens of possible output profiles. There are three MP3 quality options, so you can choose the right balance of file size and fidelity.
4K Video Downloader
Save audio from YouTube videos in MP3, M4A or OGG format
The free version of 4K Video Downloader lets you download up to 24 videos in a playlists, which is particularly useful for grabbing several songs by a particular artist. You can download and convert longer playlists to MP3 format if you buy a license key, but the software’s free features are very impressive.
The wonderfully simple interface gives you a pleasing hint of just how easy things are going to be, right from the word go. Copy a YouTube URL to the clipboard and ClipGrab will spring into action, offering to download the related video for you.
Even if this doesn’t happen – you might not yet have the program running, for instance – a quick paste into the relevant field is all it takes. You can then indicate that you are interested in downloading the audio as an MP3 before you click the ‘Grab this clip!’ button to do just that. The MP3 you seek will be yours in next to no time.