How to convert YouTube videos to MP3 and other audio formats

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YouTube is the largest source of music videos and podcasts, which are great when you have time to watch them on your phone, but less so if you’re busy and can’t afford to give them your complete attention. Often, the audio is all you need.

YouTube to MP3 converters let you download videos from YouTube and save the sound in MP3 format, so you can listen to them offline whenever you like. We recommend using desktop software rather than online tools because it typically processes files much faster and let you convert several videos in a single batch.

You should only download videos when you have the copyright holder’s permission. This should be relatively easy for video podcasters, as they usually provide contact information in their video descriptions. YouTube's terms of service explicitly prohibit unauthorized downloading.

Download a YouTube to MP3 Converter

For this YouTube to Mp3 guide, I will be showcasing how to use Any Video Converter Free as an example. Any Video Converter is a free Windows tool that lets you download and save videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and other video hosting providers. Any Video Converter Free is malware and adware free, so it's a good fit for everyone.

Choose the format you want to convert to

In this case, we want to convert a YouTube video to mp3, so select MP3 from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner.

Find and download videos.

Any Video Converter Free can convert files stored on your PC, on CDs (if you still use that), or straight from the web. Select a video URL from YouTube and copy it, in this case, I selected this music video by Muse.

Now you can click the ‘Add URL(s)' button or the drop-down arrow beside ‘Add URL(s)’ and select ‘Download music files.’ 

You can add the video to Any Video Converter by clicking the ‘+' icon and pasting the URL into the box provided. You can add several videos at once – click the plus icon again for each one.

Convert YouTube video to MP3

Once you’ve got all your videos lined up, click ‘Start download,’ and the videos will be analyzed and saved to your PC. Make sure the checkbox beside each video is ticked, and select ‘MP3 Audio’ from the list of file formats at the top-right if you did not do it in the first step.

The converted MP3s will appear in your Videos folder, but you can change the save location using the settings menu, which can be accessed via the cog icon at the top right. Follow this process, and you can convert all your YouTube videos to MP3.

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