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How to Extract and Rip (MP3/FLAC) Audio from YouTube Video

Q: Often I just need to listen to the audio from a YouTube video, e.g. certain lectures, discussion shows, songs etc…However, having the video run consumes unnecessary resources on a mobile device. Also, it is easy to create playlists with audios only. Is there a simple way to extract MP3 audio from a YouTube video? - From Quora

As described in above question, a part of YouTube visitors only want audio from a video for only listening, editing or creating playlist etc. If you are the one who is seeking for an elegant way to extract audio from YouTube, this article can lead you to the right path.

Way 1. Use A Desktop Program WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is a real helpful application enabling you to download any YouTube video and extract audios as MP3, FLAC, AAC, AC3, WAV, M4A for iPhone Ringtone and more popular formats from the video file at a sharp speed (83x real-time). Thanks to High Quality Engine, it delivers hi-fi audio without quality loss. Advanced users are allowed to adjust audio codec, bitrate, sample rate and channel for an optimized result. As a totally stand-alone YouTube audio downloader and extractor, it bundled no adware, spyware, malware or virus.

How to Extract/Rip Audio from YouTube with WinX

Download/install WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe on your Windows (10) PC or WinX HD Video Converter for Mac on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard or higher) and then extract audio from YouTube video step by step.

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Step 1. Import YouTube Video URL

Launch WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe and hit YouTube URL button to access to the smaller window for video download. Search the video you want to rip audio off on YouTube. Copy and Paste its URL to address bar.

Step 2. Analyze Video

Hit Analyze button and video title, duration and output list will be presented. Select one result. Then, check Auto convert option to add the video to convert list. Otherwise, the video will be just downloaded. Next, click OK.

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Step 3. Select Audio Format

Once the YouTube video is loaded, an Output Profile dialogue appears. Move to 'to Music' option and select one audio format. Click OK.

Besides 'to Music', WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe also allows you to convert YouTube video to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, Apple/Android/Sony/Microsoft device, HD video and DVD profile.

Step 4. Start Extracting Audio from YouTube Video

Click Browse button to set destination folder (hard drive or device) and hit RUN button to start the process of audio extraction from YouTube.

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Note: The software developer doesn't advocate downloading, or copying of videos and music on YouTube for commercial use without explicit consent from the copyright holder, since any redistribution without the approval of the copyright owner may violate the copyright laws. Please do not do copyright infringement.

Way 2. Use YouTube MP3 Plugin to Extract Audio from YouTube

Integrating with browser, plug-in is considered as supplying an efficient way to extract audio from YouTube. Because of tiny size, it is easier to install and occupies little space. In addition, you can enable/disable the add-on at any time. There are many YouTube to MP3 audio extractor/converter plugins or extensions for Firefox and Chrome, for example, YouTube MP3 Downloader, YouTube to MP3 Plugin, Easy video Downloader and MP3 Converter, Free YouTube To MP3 Converter. For more details, check top 3 YouTube to MP3 audio plugins/addons.

How to Use YouTube to MP3 Plugin/Addon

Here we pick a top-rated plugin - YouTube to MP3 Plugin for Firefox to extract MP3 audio from YouTube. Go to its official page and install the YouTube to MP3 extension to your Firefox web browser. Once the plugin is enabled on your browser, open a YouTube video, and there will be a Convert to MP3 button right over the YouTube video. Click the YouTube to MP3 button and you'll be directed to flv2mp3 site to download the MP3 audio from the YouTube video.

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Way 3. Use Online YouTube to MP3 Audio Extractor

Online YouTube downloader like Clideo offers access to extract MP3 audio from YouTube. It's easy but it has file size limits and redirects. To extract YouTube audios online, open the YouTube video from which you'd like to extract audio, copy the link, go to Clideo website, choose Paste a URL from its homepage, paste the URL of the YouTube video, select MP3 from the download format options on the bottom left. Before clicking the Download button, play the audio track to make sure it's the right track. The download process may take a long time.

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Desktop YouTube Extractors vs Plugins vs Online Tools

There is no way to rip audio from YouTube videos except making use of an audio extractor. Countless programs from browser plug-ins to desktop software swarm into the market dazzling users. So, plug-in vs. desktop software vs online services, what kind of tool is more appropriate?

Integrating with browser, plug-in is considered as supplying an efficient way to extract audio from YouTube. Because of tiny size, it is easier to install and occupies little space. In addition, you can enable/disable the add-on at any time. It's easy to extract audio from YouTube via online services, but it has file size limits, endless redirects, and annoying ads. Desktop software delivers stable functions and much better performance. Unlike most plug-ins and online tools which only extract MP3 audio from YouTube, desktop software builds in richer output. Moreover, a reliable YouTube audio extractor for desktop is hardly blocked or censored for security or other problem as browser plug-ins. Therefore, we suggest you to download desktop software rather than install YouTube to MP3 extensions for your browsers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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