YouTube has been a Google subdidiary for over 10 years. As the biggest video sharing site with both global and United States Alexa ranked in 2, it attracts over 1 billion hours of video content in a single day according to an official announcement in February, 2017. Music video, as a crucial part of YouTube, appeals to many music lovers here to follow their idols’ new singles/albums, know better about the recent popular tracks and hits from a wide range of genres, or just enjoy some full music festival/entertainment shows.
To those who want to convert YouTube to MP3 on computer, only extracting the audio track portion from YouTube music or other videos as MP3 format, here we will impart you a review and analysis of YouTube to MP3 converters, including the online services, browser plug-ins and third-party software for computer.
1. Computer-based YouTube to MP3 Converter Software
Recommended for: users who want to get fast, stable and secure YouTube to MP3 tool.
User Experience Level: ★★★★★
● Faster downloading and transferring speed than any online converters;
● 100% stable and safe to do the conversion on computer;
● Support downloading and converting YouTube to MP3 in bulk;
● Convert YouTube to iPhone ringtone and more audio formats;
● It will cost user some time to download, install and maybe upgrade the software during using.
Steps using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe:
Click corresponding YouTube function icon -> Copy, paste and analyze the video information with available options listed -> Choose one as you prefer and check “Auto convert” -> Choose MP3 as target format -> RUN the YouTube to MP3 on computer.
2. Online YouTube to MP3 Service Websites
Recommended for: users who need to convert YouTube to MP3 occasionally.
User Experience Level: ★★★★
● Nothing to install;
● Highly intuitive YouTube to MP3 process with only an URL
● Many online converter sites contain ads, virus pop-ups and alike, which will influence the user experience and may do harm to the computer once you clicked them.
● Unstable and unsafe for legal or other reasons.
● Not supports multi-threaded YouTube video to MP3 shifting.
The music industry has waged the war to the flourishing online YouTube to MP3 services for years. For example youtube-mp3.org was blocked by Google for a period of time in 2016 due to the aggressive lawsuit by Universal, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Until now, although it’s accessible, YouTube video still cannot be converted into MP3 while an error message presents “We are sorry, this service is not available from your jurisdiction.”
Steps using onlinevideoconverter:
Copy and paste the video URL into the black address bar -> Choose MP3 audio format -> Start and finish the conversion -> Download transferred MP3 file from online.
3. Third-party YouTube to MP3 Extensions for Browser
Recommended for: users who wish to download YouTube to MP3 without copying URL
User Experience Level: ★★
● 1-click YouTube MP3 converting.
● It’s usually hard to find out a good-to-install and easy-to-use one-click plugin.
● Not supports batch downloading at a time.
Bottom Line: You May Not Know
Many online YouTube to MP3 sites also provide related add-ons for Chrome and Firefox. On one side, some of these are usually a little bit complex for computer newbies to install, like ClipConverter.cc YouTube addon for Chrome needs TamperMonkey extension added here in advance. On the other side, many plugins are the ramifications of online services, whose ultimate goal is to lead users to enter into its official page to do the conversion task just like the online YouTube to MP3 service. It is no exaggeration to name those kinds of plugins “fake one-click YouTube to MP3”.
Moreover, the one-click YouTube downloader tools like “YouTube Video and Audio Downloader” can only detect possible video and audio download links of YouTube video, not including an independent MP3 option. Therefore, here we didn’t demonstrate the steps.
So web YouTube to MP3 service vs. self-governed YouTube to MP3 software, who’s superior to the other one? The answers may vary from user to user. We think the one that suites you most is the best, just like Coco Chanel said – “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you! “
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