How to Convert YouTube Videos Into MP3 Songs

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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How to Convert YouTube Videos Into MP3 Songs
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YouTube videos are often accompanied only by music. You can convert a YouTube video into an MP3 audio file that can be listened to on a computer or transferred to a mobile device. A video conversion website will convert the YouTube video to the MP3 audio file format without you having to install any software on your computer. You can also use video-download software to save the YouTube video to the desktop as an MP3 file or convert the YouTube video to the MP3 format with video conversion software. All of these procedures are free.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Go to YouTube. Select a video to watch. Highlight and copy the video’s Web address from the Web browser’s web address bar to the clipboard of the computer ("Cmd"+"C" or "Ctrl"+"C").

  2. 2

    Go to a video conversion website, for example, the Media Converter video conversion website. (See the link in Resources.)

  3. 3

    Click on the “Enter a link” icon. Paste the YouTube video’s Web address in the blank text column on the new Web page that appears ("Cmd"+"V" or "Ctrl"+"V").

  4. 4

    Select “MP3” from the drop-down menu below “File format” on the new Web page that appears.

  5. 5

    Click on the “Browse” button next to the "Save to” tab. Navigate in the window that appears to the desktop. Click the “OK” button to close the window and return to the Web page.

  6. 6

    Click the “Convert” or “Convert now” button on the Web page. Click the “Save” button on the new Web page that appears. The MP3 audio file that has been converted from the YouTube video is now on the desktop of your computer.

  1. 1

    Download and install a free video download software program, for example, the free YouTube Downloader program. (See the link in Resources.) Restart the computer after the installation finishes.

  2. 2

    Go to YouTube. Select a video to watch. Highlight and copy the video’s Web address from the Web browser’s Web address bar to the clipboard of the computer ("Cmd"+"C" or "Ctrl"+"C").

  3. 3

    Double-click on the icon of the video download software program to launch it. Paste the YouTube video’s Web address in the blank text column next to the “Download URL” tab ("Cmd"+"V" or "Ctrl"+"V").

  4. 4

    Click on the “Browse” button next to the “Save To” tab. Navigate in the window that appears to the desktop. Click the “Open” button to close the window.

  5. 5

    Select “MP3” from the drop-down menu next to “File Format.”

  6. 6

    Click the “Download” button at the lower-right corner of the video download software.

  7. 7

    Wait as the video download program downloads and converts the YouTube video to the MP3 format and saves it to the desktop. Quit the video download software program when the MP3 file has been saved.

  1. 1

    Download and install a free video conversion program, for example, the free Kyoto Free Video Converter software program. (See the link in Resources.) Restart the PC after the installation finishes.

  2. 2

    Double-click on the icon of the video conversion software program to launch it.

  3. 3

    Drag the YouTube video from the computer’s hard drive onto the video conversion program.

  4. 4

    Click on the “Browse” button next to the “Save As” tab. Navigate in the window that appears to the desktop. Click the “Open” button to close the window.

  5. 5

    Select “MP3” from the drop down menu next to “File Format.”

  6. 6

    Click on the “Convert” or “Start” button on the video conversion software program.

  7. 7

    Wait as the video conversion software converts the YouTube video to the MP3 format and saves it to the desktop. Quit the video conversion software program when the MP3 file has been saved.

Tips and warnings

  • The video conversion website will work faster when there is light traffic online. Use it late at night or at weekends for the fastest response.
  • Don't leave the video conversion website until after you have the MP3 audio file on the desktop.

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