YouTube to MP3 converter will convert or cut the audio from the video with just a few clicks but the question is which is the best converter? And which provides more options to get the job done. We have tested and checked a number of online(Websites) and offline converters(Apps or software). In this article, I will show you the best converters in both categories.
Most of the websites and apps I mentioned below will allow you to download the YouTube video in MP4 as well as MP3.
Before reading this article, please know that downloading a video or audio from YouTube without the owner’s permission is prohibited. Reading YouTube’s terms of service will help you understand the copyright permissions better.
Online YouTube to MP3 Converters:
Online converters are websites that let you paste the URL of the YouTube video and provides you with the option to convert it into MP3. I personally like online converters because, without any software, there is no setup or download required. Just paste the URL and the file is ready to download. However, if you’re a heavy user who constantly downloads the audio, then I would suggest you go for the converters in the form of applications(Offline Converters). These websites can be used on Android or iPhone as well.
Keepvid has been used by millions of peoples worldwide. It is one of the best free YouTube downloader and converter with simple and basic options. It supports over a 100’s of websites including Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, and SoundCloud.
The website also provides an app for easier downloads. But I would not recommend downloading the app since there are other apps that perform better as an application. Don’t get me wrong, the app is good but there are better alternatives.
Keepvid supports converting into MP3, M4A, and WEBM. Since the site mainly focuses on downloading video, it supports full HD resolutions up to 1080P, 2K, and 4K while downloading the video.
Additionally, it can process a large number of videos from a YouTube playlist providing an option to select the video you want to download. The file can be downloaded either by pasting the link or by searching within the Keepvid website. However, pasting the link is always the best option because the search is not up to the mark.
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ClipConverter.CC is another popular YouTube to MP3 converter. As the name suggests, it can convert the file in the form of clips. It supports more than 100 sites. The site also allows you to upload and convert the file as well. One thing that makes the ClipConverter unique is its ability to trim the video as per the user’s needs. Users can either covert the video from start to finish or from the required section by entering the required start and finish time.
It converts audio into MP3, M4A, and AAC and MP4, 3GP, AVI, MOV, MKV for the video respectively. Like Keepvid, the videos can be downloaded in 1080p, 2k, 4k and 8k. ClipConverter also provides an add-on for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox for easier downloads.
Converto.io is a simple MP3 converter and downloader that lets you edit the ID3 tag before downloading. It supports video downloading up to 1080P. The site offers a tool to cut the audio for the required section.
Unlike ClipCoverter, Converto.io provides a slider to change the start and end time of the MP3 audio. This feels handy while using the tool. Support up to 1080P is one of the drawbacks of the site since its competitors offer up to 8K. Annoying banners around the tool is also a disadvantage of the site.
Youtube to mp3 software
These converters are in the form of software that can be downloaded and installed on a PC. It requires a setup process, however, it is very simple. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who just wants to download or convert YouTube videos occasionally. But it is perfect for all time youtube enthusiasts. These apps are easy to install and provides basic to intermediate options.
4. 4k Video Downloader
4K downloader, as the name suggests, it can download videos up to 4K. Moreover, in terms of audio converting it performs well too. It is a simple video converter with basic options. The free version allows you to download 24 videos at a time letting you convert 24 videos from a playlist. The limit can be increased with a premium version. 4K Video Downloader supports YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Flickr, and Facebook
Copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to convert and paste it on the 4K Video Downloader. It will process the video and provides you with options to download or convert the video. Click ‘Extract’ and choose your audio output formats (It supports MP3, M4A, and OGG). Remember that it can process a complete playlist with the limit of 24 videos on the free version.
You can also subscribe to a channel and the new video will be downloaded automatically.
5. Any Video Converter
Any Video Converter is another free software that offers advanced options for converting and downloading YouTube videos. The name might look normal but the features provided are up to the mark. All of its advanced options are built into the sleek and simple design. Besides YouTube conversion (URL), it also supports input methods such as disc or file. In our case, choose ‘Add URL’, click ‘+’ and paste the URL of the YouTube video. Finally, click ‘Start Download’ to begin downloading the video.
After it completes, click the dropdown button and choose the output profile as MP3. Click ‘Covert Now’ to start the process.
However, you don’t have an option to download the MP3 separately. As soon as you click Convert, the software will download the entire video. After the download completes, you can select MP3 as an output format and click ‘convert now’ to extract the audio from the video.
Additionally, Any Video Converter can record on-screen activities, burn DVDs with advanced options, and play videos with its built-in player.
However, the free version limits the conversion of the video or audio to 3 minutes. Premium version ($49.95) will remove the limit and offers technical support.
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6. aTube Catcher
aTube Catcher’s user interface is a bit complicated but gets the job done perfectly. Unlike others, aTube Catcher lets you download the MP3 in 129kbps, 256kbps, and 320kbps. You can also set the PC to turn off when the task has been completed. Sadly, there are no options to download a complete playlist from YouTube.
Beware of adware while installing aTube Catcher. Go through the installation process carefully and untick unwanted applications. Same as Any Video Converter, this application can record screen, and burn DVD.
Paste the URL of the YouTube video you want to convert in the downloader section and choose the output profile as MP3. Hit ‘Download’ and the software will do the rest.
7. Wondershare Uniconverter
Wondershare Uniconverter provides a modern and clean UI with more options. It typically a complete toolkit for anything related to audio and video. Supports more than 1000 formats for YouTube conversion and provides 30 times faster conversion than others (As the software claims).
You can edit, burn DVD, record screen, make GIF and stream the content directly to the Apple TV, Xbox, PS3, or Chromecast.
Select the Download section and click ‘Paste URL’. You will be asked to choose the output format in the next screen. Select the bitrate you want under the MP3 section and hit download.
These websites and applications will help you convert YouTube videos to MP3. Go for the websites if your using converter occasionally but applications are always the better option for more features and often converting.
Don’t forget that downloading or converting a video without the owner’s permission is strictly not allowed and against the YouTube terms and conditions.