How to download music from YouTube

Even though YouTube is mostly a streaming video site, it’s still useful to be able to download music from YouTube. YouTube recognizes this and launched YouTube Music in 2018 (opens in a new tab). This service allows paid subscribers to download songs to their smartphones.

You can convert YouTube videos to MP3 format to download audio tracks for offline listening. Be aware that YouTube’s Terms and Conditions are not applicable to what you can download. Please read the section below.

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YouTube Music is not available for free. Google has also been cracking down on “stream rippers”, which are designed to extract and save YouTube music.

There are some workarounds to downloading YouTube music, but these should not be used to make copies of copyrighted content (again, please see the section below).

Here are some ways to save YouTube music that is not subject to copyright so you can listen and reuse it offline on both your desktop and mobile devices.

Is it legal for you to download music from YouTube?

YouTube’s Terms and Conditions (opens new tab) states that you are not permitted to download audio content unless it is “specifically allowed by the Service” or you have received prior written permission from YouTube, the rights holder, or both.

YouTube Music for Android and iOS allows you to download and play ads-free playlists and songs. However, this is only possible if you subscribe YouTube Music Premium (opens new tab) at $9.99 per month. This option is not available on YouTube Music or the free version. It’s to prevent copyright infringement and piracy.

YouTube has millions of tracks by all artists, but most of them were uploaded by YouTube users. YouTube also offers a lot of copyright-free content and songs that are covered by a Creative Commons licence (opens new tab).

You can download audio from these videos without violating the site’s terms and conditions or breaking the law. YouTube’s Audio Library of no-copyright music says that you can not use third-party software for downloading the video/track. Always use our download links.

You might also want to know how you can download music from YouTube if you have previously uploaded music to YouTube. In that situation, one of these methods is fine without you having to violate any terms or break the law.

Here’s how you can download YouTube music with the above caveats.

How to download YouTube music on your desktop

There are many websites that allow you to convert YouTube videos into MP3 format. However, most of them don’t work and some even contain malware-infected hyperlinks or dubious advertisements.

We recommend the trusted free desktop program 4K YouTube to MP3, which extracts audio from YouTube videos in just one click. Here’s how it works.

  1. Open the 4K Download website in a new tab and click “4K YouTube To MP3” at the top. Next to the version you wish to install, click the Download button.
  1. After 4K YouTube to MP3 has been downloaded, launch the installer to launch Setup Wizard. The program will be installed on your computer. Click the Finish button to close the box that says “Launch 4K YouTube MP3 ,””
  1. The program will open and show “Not Activated” when it opens. However, if you wish to unlock premium features, this is not a problem. The $15 fee for 4K YouTube to M3 allows you to download up to 30 audio tracks per calendar day, though only one at a given time. This should be sufficient for most users.

To download unlimited files and to simultaneously download three tracks , click the Tools menu. Then click the Tools menu. Click “Manage License,” then click on “Get License.”

  1. In either case, next search a YouTube video that isn’t copyrighted and copy its URL .

Copy the URL from your browser’s addressbar. Click the Share button under the video, and select “Copy”.

  1. In the top-left corner, click the Paste Link button. The video will be automatically converted to MP3 so can start downloading immediately.

When the download is completed, you should see a notification on your desktop.

  1. You can also search YouTube directly from within 4K YouTube to M3. Click the search button in the bottom-right corner, and select “YouTube.”

This will open YouTube in your program window. The program window will open YouTube.

  1. Double-click the track in the downloads listing to play the converted MP3 immediately in 4K YouTube.
  2. 4K YouTube to M3 converts YouTube videos to MP3 and then downloads them at the “best quality” setting.

Click the Tools menu to change the format and quality, or hover over the Control Panel icon at the top-right corner and choose Preferences.

  1. You can adjust 4K YouTube MP3’s default audio quality by clicking the General tab in the Preferences window.

You can also modify the default audio format to MP3 or OGG and alter the output folder where your converted files are saved to.

How to download YouTube music on your mobile device

Google and Apple do not allow YouTube audio downloaders to be installed in their app stores. There are many tools that can be used to do this, but you will need to jailbreak your device or allow apps from unknown sources to be installed on your phone. These workarounds can pose security and stability risks.

The best website is YouTube To MP3 Converter. It works on both Android, iOS and Windows as well as macOS. It does not require registration and doesn’t impose any daily download limits. Here are the steps to get it working.

  1. In the YouTube mobile app, for Android and iOS, open a copyright-free, uncut video that you wish to convert into MP3 format. Click the Share button to copy it. “
  1. In your desktop or mobile browser, open YouTube to MP3 downloader. Click the search box at the homepage. Select Paste. Tap the Go button.
  1. The video will be loaded on the website. Select the audio format and quality you prefer from the drop-down menu.
  1. Tap Convert and YouTube MP3 Downloader will convert YouTube into MP3 format. To return to the page, you may need to close full-screen popup ads.

After the conversion is completed, tap Save to save the audio file to. You can then open it and play it in your default media players.

You can also create QR codes for the MP3 file that can be scanned and opened on another device, or save it to Dropbox to preserve storage space.