How to extract audio from Youtube?

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Issue: How to extract audio from Youtube?

Hey, is there a still working site or different method that allows converting YouTube videos to audio files. I found only those pages filled with adware and useless as such file converter utilities. There are a few versions of video files that I uploaded on the platform. I need to use the audio from those, but the main project is lost on my behalf, and there is nothing else I can do. Can you offer any solutions?

Solved Answer

Extract audio from YouTube is a common thing people want to do since this is a free method to get wanted pieces of music.[1] YouTube is a huge platform that has a lot of different content, and watching videos can consume most of your day. However, many people use this platform as a music streaming service, so mp3 converters that allow getting audio from the wanted video get especially useful.

Besides the question of how to extract audio from YouTube, there is an issue regarding the legitimacy of these tools and methods.[2] The answer is yes and no because when you are the creator of the uploaded video, it is safe and legal to get the video and extract the audio from it. It is also legitimate when you have permission in written form from the owner of the file.

However, it is not okay to extract audio from Youtube to get free audio content. Sometimes the uploader specifically includes a free download link of the contents in the YouTube video for people to get it legally. You cannot use music on this platform as your music collection or download the files even when it is for your personal use only. 

How to extract audio from Youtube? 

Nevertheless, there are many sites and tools used for the primary purpose of extracting audio from YouTube files. Sometimes, they are filled with ads and other possibly malicious content because advertisers and commercial content creators run services of file converter.[3] We gathered information about easy and quick methods to get audio from YouTube videos.

Ways to extract audio files from YouTube videos

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Various online websites offer such file converting services when URL of the particular video allows to create an MP3 or MP4 audio file. However, many shady pages provide the service and deliver tons of commercial pop-ups or redirects. Such pages can even lead to malicious infections and fill your device with unwanted content like PUPs and browser hijackers or even cyber threats. You should scan the machine with tools like Reimage to find intrusive programs and avoid serious cyber infections, These tools may block access to various YouTube to MP3 converter sites, but this is because of possibly harmful content.

Use GenYouTube to extract audio from YouTube

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This is the video converter that can be easily and quickly used to get YouTube files to Mp3 audio file. 

  • You can visit the GenYouTube site and paste the video URL there.
  • Open the GenYouTube and search for the video directly.
  • Visit the video and add gen to the URL before the youtube to form a different link. This step opens a download page where you can click MP3 and download an audio version of the TouTube video. GenYouTube supports 3PG, WEBM, PP4, and M4A formats.

Extract audio from YouTube with Convert2mp3

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Another online website that allows converting files from YouTube using URL. The process only takes choosing the particular format from all the common options like falc, aac, ogg, wma and mp4, avi, 3pg, and pasting the initial URL. You can also search for the particular video in the search engine integrated on the page itself. Then you can fill out the form with artist and names of the song and download the wanted file.
GenYoutube and Convert2mp3 dervices

Try YoutubeMP3 for the audio extraction

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YoutubeMP3 is another online service for converting videos to audio files that allow doing so directly on the site from YouTube platform. This is a free site online that you can use with an URL of the video alone by copying and pasting. All the needed video and audio formats like aac, mp4, waw, and wma are supported. You only need to choose the format, paste the link, and press Convert. The converting process happens fairly quickly, and you need to download the converted file.
YoutubeMP3 converter

Get MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter to extract audio from YouTube

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The full desktop program used to extract and convert YouTube videos to MP3, MediaHuman allows to covert wanted videos to audio on Mac, Windows, and Ubuntu. The program has some features that other services don't have, so you can personalize the tool to make it work for you. 

You can convert more than one file and even save playlists by downloading each video separately to MP3. Also, it has features:

  • M4A and OGG output,
  • auto shutdown once the file is downloaded,
  • YouTube login for accessing private videos,
  • renaming the title and other information,
  • downloading MP3 from sites like SoundCloud, Facebook or Vimeo.
    MediaHuman tool

Extract audio with Audacity from YouTube

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Audacity is another program that helps with free audio recording and editing. This is a tool for recording sounds, so you can record whatever sounds the computer is making and save the MP3 file. Changing a few settings allows making sure that Audacity is not recording any additional sounds besides the music coming from speakers. 

  • Edit > Preferences to open settings on Audacity.
  • Go to Devices tab.
  • At the Interface section change Host option to Windows WASAPI.
  • In Recording section at the bottom, change Device option to be the output device like speakers or headphones.
  • Click OK.
  • Then go to the video and record what comes out of your speakers and Export as MP3.
     

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Ugnius Kiguolis is the founder and editor-in-chief of UGetFix. He is a professional security specialist and malware analyst who has been working in IT industry for over 20 years.

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