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Converting Youtube to MP3: Best Free Converters – Ultimate Guide

With the right free YouTube to MP3 converter, saving the audio from videos is a piece of cake. There are lots of tools out there that claim to do the job, but some are full of ads, some are bundled with extra unwanted software, and some limit the length of the MP3s you can create. To help you avoid these, we’ve tested all the options and hand-picked the best five that actually deliver and are easy to use. Converting YouTube to MP3 allows you to listen to music from a video offline, whenever you like, or turn your favorite YouTube’s channel into a podcast that you can enjoy when you’re working.

Quickly and easily convert your youtube files to MP3 for free. Choose one of the following free converters, and be on your way.


1. Any Video Converter Free

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The best YouTube to MP3 converter – just copy, paste and go. It’s incredible.

Operating system: Windows

If you’re looking for a fast, flexible YouTube to MP3 converter, this is the tool for you. You would be forgiven for judging Any Video Converter Free by its name and believing it to be a tool for converting from one video format to another. While this is part of what it can do, it can also be used to download videos from YouTube and save them as MP3s – exactly what we’re looking for!

YouTube to MP3 conversion is not the sole purpose of the program, so it’s rather larger than you might expect, but this should not put you off (but take care not to install the optional adware during setup).

It seems almost overkill to use what is a powerful and versatile piece of software for just one task, but downloading MP3s is as simple as pasting in the URL of a YouTube video and waiting for the download to complete. You can then select MP3 as the output format, and hit the Convert Now button. It’s a shame there’s no one-click option for converting YouTube to MP3, but it’s hardly a major hardship.


2. 4K YouTube to MP3

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Quick, easy to use and surprisingly flexible.

Operating system: Windows

4K YouTube to MP3 is very similar to 4K Video Downloader (further down this page), but dedicated specifically to stripping the audio from videos.

Despite its name, 4K YouTube to MP3 also allows you to save the soundtracks from videos in OGG and M4A formats, and you can take your pick from various bitrates so you can choose a suitable balance of speed and quality (though in our experience, even downloading at the highest bitrate is quick and painless).

It doesn’t just support YouTube, either; you can also use it to save the sound from videos hosted on Vimeo, Flickr, Facebook, SoundCloud and others. Just copy the address from your web browser and click the green ‘Paste URL’ button to get started.

Perhaps best of all, unlike some YouTube to MP3 converters, 4K YouTube to MP3 comes with no bundled extra software. Upgrading to the premium version for a one-off fee will allow you to download entire playlists, but the free software is perfect for everyday use.


3. Free YouTube to MP3 Converter

Download and convert music, complete with album artwork.

Operating system: Windows, MacOS

Free YouTube to MP3 Converter does exactly what you’d expect (converting videos from YouTube to MP3 format) and it’s perfectly safe to judge it by its name. Unfortunately, like Any Video Converter Free, there is bundled adware from ByteFence to avoid, so be watchful during the installation and uncheck any additional bits and pieces you don’t want.

Once installed, however, you’re in for a treat. There’s no need to fiddle about with options, you can just get on with downloading the music you’re interested in immediately. Use a simple drop-down menu to choose the quality and format you would like to save your audio file, paste the URL, and click Download. Files are saved and converted in one fell swoop.

The beauty of Free YouTube to MP3 Converter is that there’s no messing about, nothing superfluous, and nothing confusing. It has one purpose in mind, and it has been designed to do it as efficiently as possible. Definitely worth a try – we’re sure you’ll love it.


4. 4K Video Downloader

Save audio from YouTube videos in MP3, M4A or OGG format.

Operating system: Windows

It might not be the most stylish software around, but like 4K YouTube to MP3 above, 4K Video Downloader is brilliant.

It works in a similar way, too, but because this app is chiefly for downloading whole videos, there are a couple of extra steps involved. Copy the URL of a video from your web browser (it supports YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Flickr and DailyMotion) and click ‘Paste URL’. Select ‘Extract audio’ and pick MP3, OGG or M4A, then click ‘Extract’ and the audio will be converted and saved to the destination of your choice. Done.

The free version of 4K Video Downloader lets you download up to 24 videos in a playlists, which is particularly useful for grabbing several songs by a particular artist. You can download and convert longer playlists to MP3 format if you buy a license key, but the software’s free features are very impressive.


5. ClipGrab

Just copy a YouTube video URL and ClipGrab will handle the rest.

Operating system: Windows

An utter delight of a program, ClipGrab makes converting from YouTube to MP3 nice and simple – aside from the bundling of the Opera browser, which is easy to skip if you’d rather avoid it.

The wonderfully simple interface gives you a pleasing hint of just how easy things are going to be, right from the word go. Copy a YouTube URL to the clipboard and ClipGrab will spring into action, offering to download the related video for you.

Even if this doesn’t happen – you might not yet have the program running, for instance – a quick paste into the relevant field is all it takes. You can then indicate that you are interested in downloading the audio as an MP3 before you click the ‘Grab this clip!’ button to do just that. The MP3 you seek will be yours in next to no time.


If you want to know how to download youtube videos for free check out this article: learn more.

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    • Thanks Aarav. Youtube is currently on top of the video content world, and we’re here to make that content even more accessible via MP3s.

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