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YouTube to MP3: The Guide On Making The Conversion

So you are wanting to download YouTube videos to MP3? In our mobile world, you may want to listen to a music video or listen to a viral video, rather than watching it and taking up bandwidth. Thankfully, it's now easier than ever to store songs on your phone and download them too. So you may be asking yourself whether or not downloading YouTube to MP3 is even legal. Just like it is with downloading any YouTube videos, there are some gray areas when it comes down to downloading the videos. Google's terms of service say that you should not download any content unless you see a ‘download' or similar link displayed by YouTube on the service for that content.”

By downloading YouTube videos for yourself, you're essentially taking money out of Google's pockets as well as the video curator. So while we'd recommend against download YouTube videos for MP3 unless it's your own video, here's how you can do it on your own.

WARNING: We do not advise ripping music that you do not own from these YouTube websites. Instead, simply stream the song on Spotify, Apple Music, or any of the streaming music websites.

YouTube to MP3: How To Convert

There are quite a few ways to download YouTube videos to MP3 right now. There's plenty of browser extensions, software, or even websites that can help you convert your videos into mp3 files.

YouTube to MP3 on the Web

If you're looking to avoid installing software, there's plenty of websites right now providing you with the ability to download YouTube videos for MP3s. While websites can take a bit longer and there are quite a few deceptive ad traps on a lot of these websites, YouTube to MP3 websites are convenient especially when you're on the go. We can't stress this enough, make sure the download buttons are actually a button rather than an advertisement trap.


KeepVid is one of the more popular YouTube to MP3 downloading websites right now. In addition to YouTube, KeepVid supports more than 28 different websites and allows you to not only download the MP4, 3GP, and WEBM versions, KeepVid allows you to download a 256kpbs MP3 in the pro version, and a 129kbps M4A in the free version.

Step 1: Copy the URL of the video you wish to download from YouTube and paste it into the field stating “Enter video link to download” on KeepVid.

Step 2: Click the down arrow next to where you entered the URL.

Step 3: Once the video has completed its conversion, click on 128kbps M4A and click “Download.”

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While there are free versions available, KeepVid wants its users to use Download Pro which costs roughly $19/year in order to download high quality MP3 versions.


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