Very often, you see a video on Youtube that you would prefer to have as an audio file. MP3 is one of the most popular audio formats available. If you want to convert YouTube videos to MP3, there is no built in feature for that in the YouTube app or website. But there are ways to go about it.
There could be one or more reasons why you want to convert a YouTube video to MP3 audio format. One could be data cost. Video is heavier than audio, and having it converted and saved to your device means that you spend less on data. It also means that you do not need an Internet connection after that to play the file.
What you need is an MP3 converter.
What is an MP3 Converter and how does it work?
An MP3 converter is a service that converts video to MP3 audio. It is not always restricted to YouTube video though: some offer conversion from different video platforms.
It can come in the form of an app, but is mostly a website. We recommend sticking with a web-based converter, especially if your device is short of storage space. Just bookmark the site in your mobile browser so you can use it again and again to convert YouTube videos to MP3 for your use.
Whether you go with an app or a website is entirely up to you though. So, how does an MP3 converter work?
You simply copy the link of the video you want to convert and paste it into the provided form field on the website or in the app. After conversion, you are able to download the audio file to your PC or mobile device.
The steps to follow are usually in this order:
- Open the MP3 converter app or website.
- Copy the video link from the YouTube.
- Paste the link in the provided field on the MP3 converter.
- Click the “Convert” or “Start” button. It may be labelled differently, depending on which app/site you are using.
- The video gets converted and then you click the “Download” button to download your MP3 file to your device.
That is how easy it is to convert YouTube videos to MP3 files.
Note that some of them are a little more complicated than that. Some online converters offer you more options, such as the option to select file format you want to convert to. Some are poorly designed and offer a not so good user experience. This is probably tied to the fact that most are free services and hobby jobs.
As such, you may have to try out a number of them first till you find one that you find easy to use.
Some popular MP3 converters
Some of the available YouTube to MP3 converters include:
There are scores of them available online, so besides the above-listed, run a search to have a look at others. Pick one that is simple, light, fast and not intrusive. Of course, make sure it is mobile-friendly, as most of your conversions and downloads will happen on your phone.
There are also varying levels and quality of conversion, so you might want to keep your eye out to converters that produce high quality MP3 files.
Based on the recommendations in this article, I have used both ClipConverter and TheYouMP3 to convert YouTube videos to MP3 and found them easy to use. They also produce good quality audio files, so these MP3 converters might be good places for you to start from.
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