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How to download music from YouTube reliably

There are dozens of sites to download music from YouTube, but not all of them are reliable. The methods we list below work quite well but, before you go ahead, we have to warn you about one thing: copying and downloading an audio from YouTube is a violation of the terms of use of the platform, which could lead to problems .

There are ways to access YouTube music without breaking the rules, such as Google’s new YouTube Music service, which will probably replace Google Play Music at some point, so we recommend that you first consider legitimate options.

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It is also important to keep in mind that some of YouTube’s many extraction websites use unconventional practices to raise money, such as cryptocurrency. While we do our best to recommend services that do not use these tactics, if you find that your system warms up or takes longer than usual, make sure you do not stay there for too long.

Step 1: copy the video URL

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This method can be done in the browser without having to download any special application or jump through any hoop. That also means that it works on Windows, Mac or even on a Chromebook device.

The first step is to go to the YouTube video you want to copy the audio from. Select the URL from the address bar of your browser and copy it to your clipboard.

Step 2: go to SaveMP3

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Open a new tab and go to the Start page of SaveMP3. There are several online tools to extract audio from YouTube videos, but SaveMP3 is our favorite. It has a simple and easy to use interface, and also converts videos to MP3 quite quickly.

Step 3: wait for the conversion to take place

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Once the site has loaded, simply paste the YouTube URL into the blue and white search box. Sometimes, pasting the URL can activate a pop-up window, but browsers such as Firefox should be able to block them without problems.

Once you paste the URL in the box, the site should automatically recognize the video and complete its name, duration and, most importantly, the two download options: MP3 Download or Download in other formats. If you click on Download other formats, access a list with other versions of different format with the buttons to download with them. Once you see a format that you like, click on the button to download which is next to start converting the video.

Step 4: download your audio

Once you click on the download button of your chosen format, the conversion should take place and not take more than a few minutes to complete. Once the conversion is complete, a dialog box appears asking if you want to open or save the file. Most likely, if you choose to save it, it will do so automatically in the Downloads folder on your computer, unless you choose a different folder for it.

Desktop alternative

Online services are excellent for downloading and converting YouTube videos, but due to violations, they tend to be removed from time to time, forcing you to look for an alternative.

Desktop applications do not have that problem and our favorite is 4K Video Downloader. Although its name may suggest otherwise, this tool is not only for downloading high quality videos, but can also be used to copy the audio from them.

The instructions are quite similar to the previous steps, except that you do it within a traditional desktop program, instead of a browser window.

* Updated by Daniel Matus on August 26, 2019.