How to Turn Any YouTube Video Into an MP3 for Offline Listening
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Despite being a video hosting site, the most searched topic on YouTube is actually music. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, does it? Even if you ignore all of the music videos, YouTube is still home to millions of music-only uploads.

As such, it’s totally normal to use YouTube as a music streaming service these days. The downside is that these streams are still video, so they end up wasting a lot of bandwidth unnecessarily. This is a huge problem if you have monthly data caps.

One option is to subscribe to YouTube Red to unlock two nifty features: first, the ability to stream only the audio portions of a video, and second, the ability to download both video and audio for offline playback.

But if you don’t like YouTube Red, there’s an alternative.

  1. Visit the YouTube video you want to turn into an MP3.
  2. Copy the URL from the address bar of your browser.
  3. Navigate to YouTube MP3 and paste the URL.
  4. Click Convert Video.
  5. Click the download link when conversion is done.

If the YouTube MP3 website doesn’t work, there are several other alternatives you can use, including Listen to YouTube and Vid to MP3. Whichever you use, just know that the quality of the resulting MP3s will be average at best. This is the drawback to this method.

Once you’ve downloaded all of the MP3s you want, consider using these awesome music management tools to handle tasks like ID3 tagging and mass renaming of files.

Do you prefer to convert and download YouTube music or are you happy to use YouTube Red for its better audio quality? Share your thoughts with us below!

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  1. T-dawgie
    January 12, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I actually have Apple Music :) But some remixes and covers aren't available there – and I really listen to them quite often. I tried many tools before like youtubetomp3 and the like, but it's a real pain to add them later to iPhone with iTunes or using AirDrop.
    What I found is that Softorino's YouTube Converter quite does the trick nicely. So you need to copy the URL and app pulls the audio and puts it on my iPhone via Wi-Fi. It's just very fast!
    Also you can save it as a ringtone on your iPhone, which is a little cherry on the top!

  2. Joris
    November 8, 2017 at 6:12 am

    The problem I have with YouTube is that videos occasionally do happen to disappear. After using lots of different sites to convert from YouTube to mp3 and having those all disappearing too, I started using a program called aTube Catcher. I'm very pleased: for one, aside allowing to choose the output compression and filetype, this allows me to also choose which input source file you want to use. It greatly helps speeding up download times if you're downloading batches of music and choose sound-only source files.

  3. Anna
    October 24, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I prefer having the mp3s to do with as I wish, by far. I tend to be a little obsessive-compulsive about how I organize them, but I also prefer having mp3s on a hard drive because I listen to a lot of very obscure music and Lord knows when the videos will be removed from YouTube. (This has happened too many times to count. And this eventually means having to start over with my "list of songs I must own", a pain in the a$$.) Not to mention it slowing down my other apps/processes, and other small things that make collecting my own stash of mp3s far more appealing an option to me. I subscribe to the Red or whatever it's called, but downloading the vids (especially when I only need the audio) is such a chore. Thanks much for this article. If you happen to compile more good "youtube to mp3" sites, please let us know!

  4. Aryan
    July 19, 2017 at 4:58 am

    You can also use Ummy Downloader.