How to download music from YouTube: Convert YouTube video to MP3

Music videos are frequently posted on YouTube, and converting them to MP3 lets you listen to them offline on your phone or tablet. Here's how to download music from YouTube.

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There are many reasons why you might want to convert a YouTube video to MP3, the most likely of which is that a great number of music videos are posted on YouTube and you want a way to listen to them offline on your phone or tablet without having to purchase those tracks. 

We've written before about whether it is illegal or morally incorrect to download YouTube video. We advocate nothing: whether you choose to continue in your quest to convert YouTube video to MP3 having read this article is entirely for you to decide. We also show you how to download YouTube video to your PC, laptop, iPad, iPhone or Android but, again, the onus is on you to decide whether you should do so.

Note that in the following tutorial we will be converting to MP3 only the videos uploaded to our own YouTube channel, youtube.com/pcadvisor.

To download music from YouTube:

• Right-click a YouTube video and choose ‘Copy video URL’

• Head to ThatMP3.com and paste the URL into the search bar

• Enter basic track information

• Click Convert now

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There are many reasons why you might want to convert a YouTube video to MP3, the most likely of which is that a great number of music videos are posted on YouTube and you want a way to listen to them offline on your phone or tablet without having to purchase those tracks. 

We've written before about whether it is illegal or morally incorrect to download YouTube video. We advocate nothing: whether you choose to continue in your quest to convert YouTube video to MP3 having read this article is entirely for you to decide. We also show you how to download YouTube video to your PC, laptop, iPad, iPhone or Android but, again, the onus is on you to decide whether you should do so.

Note that in the following tutorial we will be converting to MP3 only the videos uploaded to our own YouTube channel, youtube.com/pcadvisor.

To download music from YouTube:

• Right-click a YouTube video and choose ‘Copy video URL’

• Head to ThatMP3.com and paste the URL into the search bar

• Enter basic track information

• Click Convert now

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How to download music from YouTube

The simplest way to convert YouTube video to MP3 is to use a free online YouTube to MP3 converter. One such service is ThatMP3.com

With ThatMP3.com, you should first find the video you want to convert on YouTube, then right-click on the video and choose 'Copy video URL'.

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Now head to ThatMP3.com in your browser. Paste the video URL into the search field using Ctrl, V. Click Convert.

Alternatively, you can use this box to search for the song you want, which may be easier if you're using a mobile device.

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On the next page ThatMP3 will shown you the video you've selected and give you options to enter an artist name, album title, song genre and date. When you're happy with the info here click Convert Now!

Step 5 of 5:

ThatMP3 will convert the YouTube video to MP3. How long this takes will depend on the length of the video. 

Once it's finished a button will appear allowing you to download your MP3 file. Click this. 

The MP3 file will be downloaded to your computer. Look for it in the Downloads folder, or wherever on your machine you have specified downloads should go.

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