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youtube to mp3 converterDirpy was one of my favorite web-based converters that I relied on to convert rare Asian songs that were nowhere to be found on iTunes or Amazon. It had minimal ads but no popups at all; and offered options for ID3 tags, file re-naming, audio bitrate selection and even video downloading.

There are a number of desktop converters 5 Easy-to-use Freeware Video Converters 5 Easy-to-use Freeware Video Converters Read More that can perform more or less the same function. Web-based converters seem to be scarce but here are some of the better ones that fill the void, although they understandably pack many ads to survive. So enable your popup-blocker and convert away!

Sites That Let You Choose Tags Or Audio Bitrate

ClipConverter.CC

ClipConverter may just be the best YouTube to MP3 converters in this list as it offers options to increase or decrease the volume, and choose between mono or stereo. The really neat part? You can also choose the bitrate, edit ID3 tags for artist, title and album information; and download the video on the same page without having to wait for a confirmation email of any sort. That’s always a plus since that you’ll save yourself from having to supply an email address and getting more future spam.

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The thing is, it doesn’t only convert YouTube videos to MP3. In fact, it can convert to other popular video formats such as MP4, FLV, AVI, etc. while also letting you choose the video aspect ratio (4:3, 16:9, or even custom dimensions). It supports the more popular video-sharing sites, including YouTube, Google Video, Sevenload, MySpace, Dailymotion (HQ), Vimeo (HQ), Metacafe, MyVideo, and Veoh.

HDDownloader

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HDDownloader is the wise suggestion of a reader, and it’s the only one on the list that has a handy bookmarklet and a way for you to download the MP3 the easiest way possible: just append “sing” into the beginning of the YouTube URL, making it singyoutube.com/rest-of-the-url. Doing that will lead to you the HDDownloader site, where you can choose audio bitrates and be on your way to getting the MP3 file. You can also choose to download the video for which you’ll need to authorize a Java applet to run.

FetchMP3

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With a simple interface, FetchMP3 will take any YouTube video URL and offer you low, medium, high and ultra quality downloads if you sign up, which allows you to view your most recent downloads. Alternatively, if you don’t want to sign up, you can choose custom conversion and edit ID3 tags, as well as choose starting and ending times. FetchMP3 seems to only take YouTube and Dailymotion videos so far. It also has an official Firefox extension.

MediaConverter.org

MediaConverter (first included in 18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet 18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet 18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet Read More ) has always been a personal favorite web-based converter since it operates without asking me for email addresses, and it offers downloads to popular formats on the same page. The neat interface also rocks, as it sports some cool widget-like modules for information with unobtrusive ads, unlike most other online converters.

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You can browse YouTube on the left module or simply enter the YouTube URL of the video, and select MP3 as the output format. You can also check the “I want to set advanced options” box to choose an audio codec and bitrate. While you can only do 5 conversions on any day (unless you sign up for a premium account), there are lots of supported sites, including the major ones that ClipConverter supports, as well as blip.tv, Break and Facebook. MediaConverter has an official Firefox extension that downloads and converts videos online.

Bonus Direct Video-To-MP3 Conversion Site

YouTube-mp3.org

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YouTube-MP3 doesn’t have too many ads or too many functionalities, but it allows you to download YouTube videos in MP3 format, as well as HTML and BB codes with links to the download page. The minimalistic site is available in several European languages.
There are general web-based converters, such as Zamzar and [NO LONGER WORKS] FLVto that could really do the job Top Online File Converters (Video, Audio, Images ...) Top Online File Converters (Video, Audio, Images ...) Read More , but if you know that you want only the audio, these are probably the services to look at.

What converters, browser-based or otherwise, do you use to convert YouTube videos to other formats?

  1. sanmed
    February 18, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    try this tubo1.com

  2. Armine Avetisyan
    August 24, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I use the site http://youtubeconverter.me/ - all very quick and convenient!

  3. Tati
    January 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Good selection! Thanks Jessica! However, if you are a mac user I recommend giving a try to flvto.com.

  4. youtube to mp2
    March 31, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I use http://www.freeyoutubetomp3con... and it works fine for me. might wanna give it a try

  5. youtube to mp2
    March 30, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I use http://www.freeyoutubetomp3converter.org/ and it works fine for me. might wanna give it a try

  6. John
    March 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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    http://www.onlinevideoconverter.com
    It's really the best for me

  7. John
    March 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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    http://www.onlinevideoconverte...
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  8. Jisoo
    February 27, 2011 at 5:24 am
  9. Jisoo
    February 27, 2011 at 6:24 am
  10. Ziselzsl77
    January 17, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Hi, well done.
    If you are a mac user, I strongly recommed iFunia Youtube video converter which is design for mac and really fast conversion rate.

  11. Mark O'Neill
    January 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I was really pissed off when Dirpy shut down as I loved that site. Since then I have been using video2mp3.net which is kind of OK but definitely no Dirpy :-) I will definitely give these sites a look.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      January 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      I have yet to find a true alternative for Dirpy with the most complete features, a bookmarklet AND without popup ads. I would even be happy if Dirpy went freemium or something.

  12. Mark O'Neill
    January 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I was really pissed off when Dirpy shut down as I loved that site. Since then I have been using video2mp3.net which is kind of OK but definitely no Dirpy :-) I will definitely give these sites a look.

  13. Elton Sites
    January 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    These sites are pretty useful to convert the video to mp3. I have only known one but it seems there are many options like the other four sites mentioned. Might try the other sites if they are really useful.

  14. Makeuseof-disqus
    January 11, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Dirpy is just another example of showing how these types of services are ALWAYS coming and going.

    If you don't want to scramble around for a working service the next time your favorite one closes, I highly recommend http://deturl.com

    Deturl is a meta-service. It does not itself do any conversion, but rather makes it super easy to use any of many different services. So, when you indicate the video you want, it links your directly into 11 different services for converting a YouTube video to MP3 (including several of the ones listed above). Just choose whichever one you want. And if it fails, you have 10 other choices immediately on hand.

    You can either submit the YouTube URL through it site, or using its bookmarklet, or through a URL hack (just type "pwn" into the youtube url to change "youtube.com" to "pwnyoutube.com").

  15. Makeuseof-disqus
    January 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Dirpy is just another example of showing how these types of services are ALWAYS coming and going.

    If you don't want to scramble around for a working service the next time your favorite one closes, I highly recommend http://deturl.com

    Deturl is a meta-service. It does not itself do any conversion, but rather makes it super easy to use any of many different services. So, when you indicate the video you want, it links your directly into 11 different services for converting a YouTube video to MP3 (including several of the ones listed above). Just choose whichever one you want. And if it fails, you have 10 other choices immediately on hand.

    You can either submit the YouTube URL through it site, or using its bookmarklet, or through a URL hack (just type "pwn" into the youtube url to change "youtube.com" to "pwnyoutube.com").

    • Jessica Cam W.
      January 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      Excellent tip! Thank you!

  16. Bob
    January 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

    If you have watched the video it is often stored on your computer. Why download it again? Use videocacheview to find it and save it where you want it and then convert it using one of the many converters available

    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

    • Jessica Cam W.
      January 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      In Ubuntu, you just have to find the folder "/tmp" after you watch a Youtube video completely and you'll see the flash file for you to grab! It's a breeze and requires no additional programs.

  17. Bob
    January 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

    If you have watched the video it is often stored on your computer. Why download it again? Use videocacheview to find it and save it where you want it and then convert it using one of the many converters available

    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/v...

  18. Sfdljh
    January 11, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Real Player offers a great version of it too. It can help convert it to your mobile devices as well

  19. Qtg
    January 11, 2011 at 4:26 am

    No Freemaker? Free and works perfect.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      January 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      Desktop downloads usually work great if you already have them, but web-based converters rock when you're on like, a public computer, or your friend's laptop, or even using Chrome OS and/or Jolicloud.

  20. zisel
    January 11, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Yeah, if you already have YouTube video, you can simply use some converter, Format Factory, any video converter,,,, are both free video converter, but I have never used them before.
    I usually download video with iFunia free youtube downloader, After downloading the YouTube or Google videos, convert the downloaded FLV videos into the format I need with iFunia YouTube Converter.(p.s.: Why I use this program?? because of the fast download and conversion rate)
    At last, put on my device.

  21. BulletJatt
    January 11, 2011 at 2:05 am

    I tend to use http://www.freeyoutubetomp3.co... it has Alot of options when it comes to conversion and not just to mp3. besides you can upload & convert files too.
    other sites that i use based on frequency that i visit them
    http://www.vidtomp3.com/ but it has those annoying pop-ups
    http://www.videodroid.org but then sometimes it gets a bit buggy and have lesser options.

  22. BulletJatt
    January 11, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I tend to use http://www.freeyoutubetomp3.com it has Alot of options when it comes to conversion and not just to mp3. besides you can upload & convert files too.
    other sites that i use based on frequency that i visit them
    http://www.vidtomp3.com/ but it has those annoying pop-ups
    http://www.videodroid.org but then sometimes it gets a bit buggy and have lesser options.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      January 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Another thing about the popup ads is that sometimes, more than one ad pop up, and then when I try closing them, I end up accidentally closing the actual website tab that had the converted link. Thus, I tried profiling websites here that don't have popup ads. :)

  23. 67GTA
    January 11, 2011 at 12:47 am

    If you already have the youtube video, you can use the free Format Factory for Windows. It supports almost any format I can think of. For Linux, Winff is very similar.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      January 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      I tried downloading Format Factory, but since it's so comprehensive in the file types it can convert and it has a LOT of functionalities, it really seemed too heavy for me. It's probably worth the download if you're constantly converting, but for the odd conversion to MP3, I really don't mind having a lightweight, online alternative converter.

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