Why download YouTube videos if you only want to listen? Internet bandwidth and internal device storage is still an item of luxury and requires a significant amount of money. Also, offline saved content can help you avoid the need for a continuous internet connection. The convenient way to accomplish this is by converting YouTube videos to MP3 format.
YouTube is the best choice for many if you are looking for a free movie, music video, music concert recording, educational video or any entertaining video. There are several online as well as desktop software available, which can convert YouTube to MP3. But not all of them are good. Some of the YouTube to MP3 converter is even spam and could download possible malware on your system.
Today I will deal with best free desktop software, which can convert YouTube to MP3 expediently. There are also quite a few websites which can do online YouTube to MP3 conversion, but you can face issues like the slow rate of conversion, mandatary email requirement, which can be spammed later, etc.
As the name suggests, this software can download YouTube videos in the original quality and convert into various audio formats. Free YouTube to MP3 Converter interface is neat and clean. There is no learning curve to understand the functionalities of this YouTube to MP3 converter.
DVDVideoSoft is the name of the company who owns this software. Their website claims over 700 million software downloads till date. The number is insane.
Free YouTube to MP3 Converter software is freemium software. The software also has some premium features such as multithreaded download, playlists download, and user channels download.
But if you want to use this software for your personal use then free version will suffice most your needs. The only downside of a free version is advertisements. But I am sure it’s ignorable. The software conversion process is super fast, and output quality is optimum.
The various audio formats in which you can convert YouTube videos are MP3, M4A (AAC), WAV, FLAC and OGG.
You can convert YouTube videos to MP3 in three steps.
- Copy the YouTube video link and go to the application and hit ‘Paste’ button.
- Choose the audio extension in which you want to convert the YouTube video.
- Hit ‘Download’ button. That’s it. Wait for this application to complete the download.
The software is available for Windows as well as Macintosh systems.
The interface is clean, and there are no complicated menus for getting things done. There are various audio formats which are supported such as MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV. This software also has one interesting feature – Single click CD burning feature. But I guess this feature does not make any difference nowadays since portable storage devices have replaced CDs.
The software is a freemium tool, and its free version is only available for Windows users. If you are a Macintosh user, then you may not luck of getting its free version. Unfortunately, Mac version costs around $39.95.
You have an option of converting videos from YouTube as well as other online video sites such as Dailymotion and Metacafe. The videos which you download via this tool can be converted to different video formats and MP3 formats.
Overall, it serves its purpose as a YouTube to MP3 converter. The conversion is clean and of a high quality. The software also has some convenient features such as capturing screenshots, screen recording, VCCD/DVD burning, audio recording, video resizing, etc.
The tool is free, and that’s why while installation you will be prompted to download a bunch of unrelated software and extensions. So, keep your eyes wide open while installing this software since there is a checkbox to check or uncheck.
Unfortunately, aTube Catcher is only available for Windows user.
ClipGrab is an excellent flexible tool for converting videos from YouTube or any other websites, such as Vimeo and Dailymotion, into various other formats. The catchiest feature of this software is its inbuilt ‘Search’ functionality to looks for YouTube videos. However, the total search results displayed are only 12. But still, you do not have to switch windows to look for online Youtube videos.
This software can also automatically download the video as soon as you copy the link from YouTube. Later you can convert downloaded YouTube videos to MP3.
While you convert video to MP3, ClipGrab can take care of adding ID3 tags using YouTube video metadata. ClipGrab is a free tool and available for Windows as Macintosh systems.
A word of caution before you download YouTube videos
Any YouTube video to MP3 converter software first downloads the videos from YouTube before starting the conversion process. Therefore, you must check copyright permission before downloading any videos from YouTube? You can only use YouTube to MP3 converter software on videos which are available in public domain.
Over to you
All these free YouTube to MP3 converter can prove to be extremely helpful for people looking to download live concert audio recordings, background music from videos, etc. Some of my friends who play the guitar find online video converter an ideal fit to convert YouTube videos to MP3 or any other format. Later, they use the converted music tracks for jamming purpose.
But before you think of downloading and converting YouTube videos, I would recommend you to read the copyright statement & policies.