How to Download Music from YouTube | Digital Trends

Downloading music from YouTube is a widespread practice, and the desire to simplify the process has led to the creation of countless websites and software.

But not every service can be considered secure. In fact, some of these services can infect your computer with malware or produce poor quality audio files. When downloading music from YouTube, the first thing you need to do is make sure that the websites or apps you use for it do not harm your device. For this guide, our team came up with two methods to make the process safer and easier.

We need to issue this warning first: ripping audio from YouTube is a violation of the streaming video website’s terms of service that could cause you trouble. There are ways to enjoy music from YouTube without violating the terms of service, such as through Google’s YouTube Music service. Therefore, we recommend that you try legitimate options first.

If you want to download audio ripping software, make sure your antivirus service of choice scans the software for threats before installing or using it.

About YouTube Music Premium

Before we get into your third-party options for downloading music from YouTube, you should know that YouTube already allows users to download music if they have a YouTube Music Premium subscription. Downloading music on YouTube through the platform’s YouTube Music Premium subscription is fundamentally the safest option – both from a legal perspective and in terms of the security of your computer. It is also the most expensive option. However, for the reasons mentioned above, we would recommend this option to most people.

As far as we know, this method only works on Android or iOS mobile devices: Open the YouTube Music app, then navigate to the song you want to download. Then select the Three points Menu icon > Download (This should have a down arrow symbol).

On desktop: 4K YouTube to MP3

Downloading and installing a new app doesn’t have to be a problem. In fact, the 4K YouTube to MP3 app offers hassle-free installation and ease of use that rivals most online YouTube converter services. It is also available for multiple operating systems including Windows, macOS (10.13 and above), and Ubuntu. And 4K YouTube to MP3 is also free to download and use. You can also upgrade to a premium version, which includes features like unlimited audio tracks per playlist and no ads. But the free version should be enough for most people.

Step 1: Navigate to the 4K YouTube to MP3 website and at 4K YouTube to MP3 In the header, select the blue one Download Click the button that corresponds to your computer’s operating system.

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Step 2: Once the installer is downloaded, run it and follow the on-screen instructions to install 4K YouTube to MP3.

Step 3: Navigate to the YouTube video with audio you want to rip and copy its URL

The Copy Video URL menu option on YouTube's desktop website.

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Step 4: Paste the link into the app using the blue “Insert link” button.

Selecting the Insert Link button in the 4K YouTube to MP3 desktop app.

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Step 5: The app will start ripping the audio. Ripping should take about one to two minutes per 10 minutes of video.

Step 6: Once the MP3 file has been created, the app automatically saves it to your PC. To find the music file, you can simply hover over the name of the song that appears in the middle of the app and select it Show in folder Symbol.

Select the Show in Folder icon in the 4K YouTube to MP3 desktop app.

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YouTube converter sites and malware

In the past, we have recommended some websites that you can use to download audio files from YouTube videos. These websites tend to be secure initially and then become inundated with malware over time. For this reason, we cannot give you a reliable recommendation at this time. We recently tested a number of these websites and found that they either didn’t load at all or were flagged as unsafe by our antivirus software. The other problem is that these websites often also contain annoying pop-ups.

For these reasons, we don’t think it’s worth using these online YouTube converter sites because the risks are there and you already have two safer options: YouTube Music Premium and the YouTube to MP3 4K desktop app.

We also recommend reading our handy guide on how to download YouTube videos if you want to watch them offline without connecting to the internet.

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