How to download music from YouTube

Need to rip audio from a YouTube song? Here's how to download music from the site

There are dozens of YouTube music-ripping sites out there, though not all are trustworthy. The methods below work well. However, we must warn you before moving forward: Ripping audio from YouTube is a breach of YouTube’s terms of use, which could potentially get you in trouble. There are ways to access music from YouTube without breaking the rules, such as Google’s new YouTube Music service that will likely replace Google Play Music at some point — so we recommend you consider legitimate options first.

It’s also important to note that some of the many YouTube ripping sites out there use unconventional moneymaking practices like cryptomining. While we do our best to recommend services that don’t use such tactics, if you find your system running hotter or harder than usual, make sure you don’t hang around on those sites for too long.

Step 1: Copy video URL

This method (our favorite) can all be done in the browser without having to download any special applications or jump through any hoops. That also means it’ll work on Windows, Mac, or even a Chromebook.

The first step is to head over to the YouTube video you want to rip the audio from. Highlight the URL from your browser’s address bar, and copy it to your clipboard.

Step 2: Go to Vubey

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Open a new tab and go to Vubey’s homepage. There are a number of online tools for ripping the audio from YouTube videos, but Vubey is our current favorite. It has a clean, one-page interface and fast conversion to MP3.

Once you’ve loaded up the site, just paste your YouTube URL into the field labeled Video URL. Use the drop-down menu to select the quality of conversion you want to make and, when ready, click the “Convert to MP3” button.

Step 3: Wait for the conversion

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From there, it’ll load a new page where the conversion will happen. It can take a minute or two if you’re converting a particularly long video, or if the site is particularly busy at that time, but the wait is rarely taxing.

Step 4: Download your audio

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Once the conversion is complete, just click the orange Here link to download your MP3. This should download the file like any other, dropping it in your Downloads folder or other default locations.

Desktop alternative

Online services are great at downloading and converting YouTube videos, but because of YouTube violations, they tend to get taken down from time to time, leaving you trying to find an alternative. Desktop applications don’t have that problem, and our favorite of them all is 4K Video Downloader. Although its name might suggest otherwise, this tool isn’t just for downloading high-quality videos — it can also be used for ripping audio from them as well.

The instructions are fairly similar to the steps above, except that you’ll be doing it within a traditional desktop program, rather than a browser window.

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