YouTube to mp3 converters allow you to enjoy your favorite videos or songs offline or even download a commentary or documentary video from the website, which you can listen to as a podcast while working or driving.
How do they work? It’s usually pretty straightforward: all you have to do is copy the link of your video and paste it into a box on the app and off you go.
There’s a lot of YouTube to mp3 converters available out there, however, finding a decent one can prove to be a challenge – most feature very invasive advertisements, some give you download limits while others only work if you install additional apps that you don’t need.
If you want to use the converters for limited personal use, ClipGrab or Y2Mate are your best options, but, if you need to fiddle with more advanced features such as SoundCloud integrations, higher quality audio and others, there’s other options out there.
In order to make it easier for you to find one that best suits your preferences, we have compiled a list of 10 of the best YouTube to mp3 converters currently available, with their pros and cons.
YtMP3 is a simple free YouTube to MP3 converter that allows transforming YouTube videos into one of the two formats: MP3 or MP4.
Other than conversion, the app has an option for editing file names. You can rename the file before saving it. The converter doesn’t allow you to change the quality settings, but thanks to the built-in code, your downloads will always be in high-quality audio.
Pros: works on all devices, has no ads, toolbar-free and has a good conversion speed.
Cons: you need a web browser that supports Flash, though this is not much of a con if we’re really honest.
This converter has a pretty simple and user-friendly interface and works by copy and pasting the links.
It also allows you to archive the downloaded files to a USB stick or any other similar device.
Pros: ID3 tag editor, fast downloads and the ability to listen to the song before you download it.
Cons: you can only upload 99 files at a time.
VideoProc Converter is part of a larger suite of video download and editing tools but, for the purpose of transforming content from YouTube to MP3, it works fantastic.
Even the free version of Videoproc lets you download and convert batch videos and it makes it easy to extract audio from YouTube to MP3, AAC and even FLAC. Just select Downloader, click Add Music, then paste the URL of the video or playlist you want to convert to MP3.
However, the free version only supports files under 5 minutes. If, for example, you want to convert a YouTube documentary to something you can listen to in the car like a podcast, you’ll need to buy a license. It took us under 5 seconds to download Youtube to MP3 for a song and around 1.5 minutes to download the MP3 from an hour-long video.
While VideoProc has an intuitive interface and offers video processing for mostly any format you can imagine, including from action cams, what we really like about this software is the paid version. Specifically, we love the fact that you don’t need a subscription.
VideoProc Converter can be bought as a subscription for a year on three computers but you can also invest in lifetime licenses, which are affordable and offer serious bang for your buck.
To pay once for software is a true rarity nowadays and we’re glad some Youtube to MP3 software offers that.
As a bonus, VideoProc Converter lets you easily edit videos to flip them in portrait or landscape mode. It’s super useful if, by chance, you shot something in portrait, then switched to landscape and the end video came out headache-inducing.
Pros: fast, has no ads, offers lots of other useful video tools
Cons: the free version works only for videos under 5 minutes
One of our favorite Youtube downloaders and Youtube to MP3 tools, Inovideo is a great app if you have to download a lot of videos and convert them to audio.
The Inovideo app also lets you extract audio from Youtube videos and save them as separate MP3 audio files.
Pros: Affordable yearly subscription makes it super easy to batch download Youtube videos and get the MP3 files.
Cons: only for Windows
Videohunter is another Youtube download tool that works great if you want to download lots of videos fast. Just as you’d expect, you simply copy/paste the link to your video and playlist, then select where you want it to download on your drive.
Pros: the yearly subscription is a great deal, as it offers bulk unlimited downloads, playlist downloads and even 8K downloads. Pair this plan with a tool to extract MP3s and you could build an amazing music library on your hard drive.
Cons: the free plan only supports 3 videos per day in up to 480p, which is great only if you want to download music from Youtube.
ByClick Downloader allows you to download multimedia files not only from YouTube but also from Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion and others.
You can save the videos in MP3, MP4, 4GP, WAV, AVI, WMV, FLV and WebM formats, in HD resolution.
Pros: supports a variety of formats, allows for simultaneous downloads and the downloaded media can be copied to iTunes without any issues. It also does not limit the number of videos you can download.
Cons: the user interface is a little cluttered with toolbars.
Any YouTube Converter
This converter allows you not only to convert videos to mp3 files but also to convert one video format to another.
Pros: great format options, additional effects and filters, profiles for different gadgets and devices.
Cons: it does ask you to install additional adware, but if you pay attention during the setup and don’t install it, it won’t bother you with it again. Unfortunately, this converter is compatible only with Windows.
4K YouTube to MP3
Even though this program is called 4K YouTube to MP3, you can easily save audio files from video in OGG and M4A format. Furthermore, you can choose between different bitrates and select the perfect balance between speed/quality.
Works smoothly with YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, SoundCloud, etc. To start the conversion, copy the address from your browser and click “Paste URL”.
Pros: easy and intuitive user interface, compatible with a number of video websites, has a wide choice of audio formats to pick from.
Cons: it’s only compatible with Windows and to convert an entire playlist you will have to purchase the premium version.
Freemake allows you to convert music files with hi-fi audio up to 320 KBps.
The downloaded songs will work smoothly on any device. It can also easily upload the audio files to cloud storage.You can define codecs, channels, bitrates and sample rates, as well as choose 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound.
Pros: can extract audio from a number of websites, features mp3 conversion for different devices and can upload the music to iTunes, Google Drive and Dropbox, among others.
Cons: does not feature a lot of functions.
This converter allows you to download HD videos from YouTube which can be successfully played on any device and, most importantly, it’s completely free.
You can also convert a video online. Add flvto before youtube.com in the URL and press Enter to convert YouTube to a secure mp3.
Pros: fast and unlimited conversions at pretty good quality, the converter does not require installation or registration and online conversion is available.
Cons: has a limited number of formats to convert to and not a lot of functions.
YouTubeMP3 has an intuitive interface, which offers easy access to its options. You can adjust the volume and select a suitable file format according to your tastes and needs. For better quality, choose the compression ratio of the mp3 file.
Pros: you can access all the functions on one single page and the converter supports both audio and video formats.
Cons: comes with ads and the conversion speed depends a lot on the website traffic.
This converter offers the user a screen recorder, a DVD editor, an audio recorder as well as a batch conversion function.
Pros: it’s compatible with almost all video formats, features a drag and drop user interface and allows for batch conversions.
Cons: it unfortunately only works with Youtube.
This converter is very easy to use, supports a number of formats and works on different platforms like YouTube, Dailymotion and Facebook, just to name a few. Best of all: it’s completely free to use.
Pros: you can download an unlimited number of videos, it’s compatible with all browsers, does not allow any pop-ups on the interface and it also comes with multi-language capabilities.
Cons: conversion is pretty slow with longer videos and, on occasion, the server either takes too long to respond or doesn’t respond at all.