How to Download MP3s From YouTube

YouTube has quickly become the world’s largest repository of free multimedia, making it one of the world’s most popular websites by that virtue alone. Still, for everything YouTube has to offer, it does require that you’re there, connected to the internet, in order to enjoy music and videos. Thankfully, we live in an age of connectedness almost everywhere, making YouTube great for web surfers with some time to kill, and bloggers needing content to embed, but there are still times when you find yourself wishing that you could just pop audio from YouTube onto your iPod or PC.

Luckily, you can. And easily, too!

How to Download MP3s from YouTube

In the early days of YouTube, people were constantly trying to come up with unique ways to rip the audio from its videos, but each one required digging through source code, or appending URLs with difficult to understand snippets of code. Like most complicated technologies, though, clever developers have found a multitude of ways to make ripping the audio from YouTube videos in MP3 format quick, easy, and painless.

There are a variety of solutions to choose from, each with their own perks and unique featyres. Here is a look at the best ways to download MP3s from YouTube:

1. Listen to YouTube

My personal favorite YouTube audio ripper, Listen to YouTube is a no frills, no gimmicks website that presents you with a single field. Simply copy the URL of the YouTube video whose audio you want to rip from your browser’s address bar, then input it into the field provided. You’re then lead to a page that will update you on the status of the conversion from YouTube to an MP3 file. Of course, the exact time will depend on the video you’re ripping, but you can expect a link within 30 seconds or so for most songs, and videos of similar length.

And now for the very best feature of Listen to YouTube: unlike many competiting websites, the audio ripped with this service is of surprisingly high quality, allowing you to enjoy music, lectures, or even documentary audio, all at high fidelity.

2. AllMyShare

For number two, we’ll take a slightly different approach in our quest to rip audio from YouTube by looking at a piece of Windows software that does that, and much more. Called AllMyShare, this free software lets you do your ripping directly from a Windows application, instead of via a website, allowing your own PC to handle the challenge of encoding audio, and making for much faster results on your end.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the software, simply open it and allow it to run in the background while you surf YouTube. As your browse from video to video, AllMyShare will instantly know, presenting the same video in its interface. Along with that video will be a few statistics about its size and length, along with two crucial buttons: one titled “Download,” and another titled “Convert.” Using these controls, you can instantly download an entire video (using the “Download” button) or convert the video to some other format (using the “Convert” button), allowing you to rip an MP3 copy of a song, or any other video, with only a few clicks.

3. Dirpy

Back to the web we go, as we pay a visit to Dirpy, a more full-featured online YouTube audio ripper. While the simple input field requiring a YouTube video URL is the same here as it was at Listen To YouTube, you’ll be presented with a slew of options before you settle in to convert. These options include the ability to edit the file name and even ID3 tags before converting and downloading, and also to download audio from only certain segments of a video’s audio track, with all controls fully customizable.

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