How to Download Music From YouTube
YouTube is the world’s second most popular browser after Google. While millions of people enjoy watching videos and listening to music in-platform, others prefer to take it to the next level and download the music for offline enjoyment. If you belong to the second category and wonder how you can do so, you’ve come to the right place.
Below, we’re going to cover several free websites for converting YouTube videos to MP3. We’ll also discuss one premium option, which is the official YouTube Music app. The free options may work better for those only looking to download one song or plan on doing so occasionally. On the other hand, everyone looking for ways to download music from YouTube regularly should consider the premium option.
Let’s jump right in.
4k Video Downloader
4k Video Downloader is a popular app that lets you save entire playlists and channels directly from YouTube. With more than two million downloads, this is one of the most widely used options for downloading music from the video platform. You can download your Liked Videos, Watch Later, and other playlists in one go.
This free MP3 downloader lets you download videos to MP3 from other websites, including Facebook and Vimeo. You can save files in MP3, M4A, or OGG without the boring ads getting in your way. This service is excellent for occasional music downloading. It comes with a straightforward interface, and it’s super easy to operate.
Here’s how you can download music from 4K Video Downloader:
- Download 4K YouTube Downloader from this link. The software works on all OS – Windows, Mac, or Linux.
- Install the app on your computer.
- Launch YouTube on your browser.
- Find a music video or a playlist you want to download.
- Copy its URL from the address bar.
- Open the 4K YouTube to MP3 Downloader app you just installed on your computer.
- Select the “Paste Link” option in the top left of the screen.
- The app will then retrieve the information from that URL.
- When downloading a playlist, the program will ask you if you want to download all of it or only one video. Select “Download All” if it’s what you want to do.
- Wait for the audio to download.
- The files are now saved on your computer. You can transfer them to your phone or flash drive and enjoy them wherever you go.
MP3Skull is a free online YouTube video converter and downloader. The website has fast conversions without queues and lets you download videos that are up to two hours long. You don’t need to register or download their software, and you also won’t see any ads and pop-ups as you browse. A nice feature is that you can convert videos that are unavailable or blocked in your country.
Other than the two-hour limit, the website requires the videos not to be age-restricted, be available on YouTube and not be deleted, and are not a live stream. In case the conversion gets stuck, they recommend deleting your browser cache and starting over.
Follow the steps below to download music from YouTube using MP3Skull.
- Look for the YouTube video you want to download.
- Copy its URL from the address bar.
- Paste it onto the MP3Skull converter on this page.
- Click on the “Convert” button to start the conversion.
- Wait for the file to convert.
- Click on the “Download” button to finish.
- Open the file with your favorite music player. You can now enjoy the songs on your computer or transfer them to other devices.
YouTube to MP3
YouTube to MP3 is one of the most convenient solutions for downloading individual links from YouTube. The software is entirely free to use, and there is no registration or installation needed. Unlike 4K Video Downloader software, it also gives you unlimited downloads.
Follow the steps below to convert and download a YouTube video from this website:
- Open this link by using your computer or mobile device.
- Paste the URL of the YouTube video you want to download into the box showing on the main page.
- Click on the “Go” button.
- Select the MP3 option for file type and choose the quality. You can choose between 64 kbps up to 320 kbps. The smaller the compression level, the smaller the file will be, at the cost of quality. You naturally want to go for a higher quality (and therefore, number) unless you’re saving space.
- Click on “Convert.”
- Wait for the conversion process to complete.
- Download the file by clicking on the “Download” button.
- The file is now on your computer, and you can play it on your favorite music player or transfer it to other devices.
Tip: Users with low storage space on their computers may appreciate the “Save to Dropbox” option that lets them save the song using their Dropbox account and online storage.
YouTube Music App Download for Offline
We’ve got great news for everyone who spends a good portion of their day listening to music on YouTube. A special app called YouTube Music lets you download MP3s of your favorite videos.
You can use the app on your PC (Windows 10, Mac, Linux) or your Android and iOS smartphone. The software lets you search for artists, albums, and genres. When you select your favorite song or artist, the app will spin up a playlist of recommended channels. It also keeps track of your music and lets you access it quickly when you get back to the app.
By signing up for the YouTube Music Premium subscription, you get to listen to these songs offline. If you’re a student, you’ll love their 50% student rate, which means you’ll only have to pay $4.99 per month for the service.
There are many perks of using the premium version, including:
- No ads when playing songs or videos
- Playing music in the background of your device
- Download music for offline listening
Follow the steps below to download music from YouTube using this app:
- Download the YouTube Music app from Google Play or App Store. To get the Desktop Player version, click here.
- If you haven’t already, sign up for the premium account. You can do so via your browser by logging into your YouTube account and going to the Premium page.
- Open the YT Music app on your computer or mobile device.
- Search for the songs or video playlists you wish to download offline.
- Play the song or playlist.
- Tap on the Menu (three vertical dots in the upper hand of the screen) and tap on “Download.”
- You can now find the song when you go to your “Library,” then “Downloads.”
A Note on the Legality
It’s important to say a few words about the legality of music downloads. In essence, this depends on the video ownership policy.
You can most certainly download videos that are your property or your personal YouTube videos. It’s also allowed to download public domain, non-encrypted videos. You can always search for videos of this kind by typing “public domain” or “non-encrypted” videos.
You shouldn’t, however, download videos with copyright without the owner’s permission. Most websites mentioned state in their terms and services that you shouldn’t download or make available copyrighted material, material protected by trademark laws, or subject to third-party proprietary rights without the permission of the rightful owner.
Google is allowed to take action against anyone who downloads a YouTube video using infringing tools or services without the owner’s permission.
Can I download Youtube to My iPhone or Android?
Yes, you can download YouTube songs on your mobile device. There are also various ways of doing so. Most of the programs we listed in the guide are accessible from mobile devices. However, YouTube to MP3 says that only Android users can convert videos with their smartphones.
Overall, the most convenient (and safest) to download YouTube songs to mobile devices is through the YouTube Music App. This is a premium app, but it’s well worth it for everyone who enjoys music daily and doesn’t mind spending $9.99 per month.
Will I get malware using third-party YouTube download sites?
A significant number of malware infections are the result of downloads from unreliable sources. Many websites are built primarily to infect computers by offering “legitimate” services for download. In short: yes, you can get malware using third-party download sites. Not every website is infectious, but you should be careful when visiting them and make sure you’re clicking on the right buttons.
We recommend updating your antivirus (or getting one if you don’t already use it) before proceeding to websites of this kind. To avoid getting scammed, use the websites we recommended in this guide.
Bring Music With You Wherever You Go
Downloading music from YouTube can be convenient when hitting the road, running, or simply saving connection data. There is no reason why you should be left without your favorite beats at any time. Several websites can help bring music to everyone’s pocket, regardless of internet connection.
You should now be able to download YouTube songs and playlists for free or sign up for YouTube Music Premium for unlimited music downloads. Finally, when opting for free converter website services, be wary of the legalities and don’t download copyrighted content unless you have the owner’s consent.
Which video conversion website did you like best? Are you considering subscribing to YouTube Premium? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.