YouTube has an almost infinite library of music, podcasts, and audio to listen to. Sometimes, you want to grab an audio source and place it into a video or listen to it offline. To do so, you'll need a YouTube to MP3 converter. These allow you to download audio from a YouTube video so you can use it elsewhere. As a quick note, make sure that you have permission to use any of the audio you download. The tools in this collection help you convert audio from YouTube videos into MP3s, but you still need to contact the creator to use the audio.
Free and web-based
A lot of web-based converters are full of ads for singles in your area or adult websites. Offliberty has a clean interface free from annoying ads. It has an option to extract audio or download an entire video.
Free and versatile
AVC, short for Any Video Converter, allows you to easily convert the file format of videos and audio files. It can also extract audio from websites. It's free, versatile, and can handle much more than just extracting audio.
Fast and simple
ClipGrab is the easiest-to-use converter on this list. Once installed, it automatically activates every time you copy a video link to your clipboard. It then gives you an option to download the content. You can also just paste links to have ClipGrab convert them.
Paid and powerful
This is a powerful video converter that's for far more than extracting audio. It can transcode, edit, trim, and reduce the size of videos. It's overkill if you just need to grab a song from a YouTube video, but it can download music and videos from over 1,000 websites.
While many converters are built for video and audio, this one focuses specifically on extracting audio. In addition to working with YouTube, it also works with VEVO, SoundCloud, Facebook, and many other websites. It also supports downloading audio into M4A and OGG files, as well as MP3s.
Why do you need audio?
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The best YouTube to MP3 converter for you depends greatly on what you need the audio files for. Some people just want to download audio files for offline playback, even if it's within an app. Others need to extract audio to place it into a video or other projects.
The best overall YouTube to MP3 converter is Offliberty. It's free, easy to use, and isn't riddled with ads like many other converters. You just paste a link into a single box and download the video or audio that you want.
If you prefer to have a powerful file converter that can also download audio and video files from the web, then WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is your best bet. It can download content from over 1,000 websites and is also a powerful file converter. It can also reduce the size of videos, which is a handy feature.
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