How to Make an MP3 From a YouTube Video

by Erin McManaway

A handful of programs allow you to convert YouTube clips into MP3s. Some require you to purchase software, others require website sign-ups or place limits on the number of files you can convert. But there are a number of websites that offer quick and easy file conversions for free.

Using VidToMP3

Find a non-copyrighted video you would like to convert to a MP3 and copy the webpage's URL from the address bar. You must copy the full URL for this to work.

Go to the VidToMP3 website at http://www.vidtomp3.com. Scroll down past the set of instructions until you find a blank white bar labeled, "Enter video url below."

Paste the URL address of the YouTube video into the white bar, then press the orange "Download" button. Allow the website time to process your video--this usually does not take long.

Click the small blue "Download MP3" link that appears below the white bar. This will take you to the download page.

Click the "Download MP3" button to begin your MP3 download. You also have the option to preview the MP3 directly from the website or share the download page with other people through a provided link.

Using Video2MP3

Find a non-copyrighted video you would like to convert to a MP3 and copy the webpage's URL from the address bar. You must copy the full URL for this to work.

Go to the Video2MP3 website at http://www.video2mp3.com. In the center of the page, you will find a blank white bar labeled "Video URL."

Paste the URL address of the YouTube video into the white bar, choose whether you want the output to be "standard quality" or "high quality," then press the gray "Convert" button. Allow the website time to process your video.

Click the small "Download MP3" link that appears below the white bar or wait 20 seconds for the download to begin automatically.

Using ListenToYouTube.com

Find a non-copyrighted video you would like to convert to a MP3 and copy the web page's URL from the address bar. You must copy the full URL for this to work.

Go to the ListenToYouTube website at http://www.listentoyoutube.com. In the center of the page, you will find a blank gray bar labeled, "Enter YouTube URL."

Paste the URL address of the YouTube video into the gray bar, then press the blue "Go" button. Allow the website time to process your video.

Click the small orange "Download MP3" link that appears a bit lower on the page. You will also see information about the MP3 file and how long it took to convert from the video. Clicking the link will take you to a download page.

Click the "Download MP3" button to begin your MP3 download. You also have the option to preview the MP3 directly from the website or download the MP3 as a ringtone.

Tip

  • check These website conversions also work with videos from a number of other media sites.

Warning

  • close Please convert MP3s from non-copyrighted video sources only.

About the Author

Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.

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