How to download music from YouTube for free

In this guide, we’ll help you download music / Mp3 files from YouTube using different apps, websites and programs on mobile, Windows computer and Apple’s devices like iPhone, and Mac.

YouTube is the world’s most popular and widely used video platform, used by millions of users to listen to music online because it is so easy to use. It is used by millions of users to listen to music online because it is so easy to use. For this reason, it is used by many musicians, singers, and up-and-coming bands to share their songs and music videos for free on the streaming platform.

At this point, those who are passionate about music would ask themselves: How is it possible to download and listen offline to music posted on YouTube?

The answer is yes, using some software, some of which is free, most of which is available directly online, i.e. without installing anything on your device.

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Download music with YouTube Music

YouTube Music is the first solution for downloading music from YouTube, and you can do this even for copyrighted tracks that you would not normally be able to do, but its use requires a subscription of €9.99 per month or €14.99 per month for the family plan, which can be used by 6 people. The first month’s trial is free. With this service, YouTube opens the doors of its huge database to those who want to store the music in its multimedia catalogue locally.

I recommend that you set the download of tracks to at least 192kbps so that you will hardly have any problems listening to the audio due to its quality.

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Best programs for downloading music from YouTube on a PC or Mac

If you need to download several songs and want to keep them on your fixed devices, you can install on your PC or Mac a YouTube to MP3 Converter that will allow you to extract the audio track contained within the YouTube video but also many other sites.

Let’s see now what are the best mp3 converters to download music files to MP3 files from YouTube, below you will find the best ordered to choose according to your operating system:

Programs for Windows PC

Below you can find other free programs to use on your computer:

  • 4KDownload: is one of the best software to download music from Youtube in a very simple way. Just download the program and once installed, enter the url of the Youtube video from which you want to extract the audio track;
  • ClipGrab: is another good program that allows you to download music from YT as well as from Vimeo, Daily Motion and others;
  • SnapDownloader: allows you to download both audio and video files, in 3 simple steps you’ll get your audio track effortlessly;

Programs for Mac

If you have a Mac, these programs allow you to download MP3 files from YouTube videos and more:

  • 4KDownload: also available for Mac, it is one of the best to do this;
  • ClipGrab: useful for extracting mp3 and mp4 files;
  • iTubeGo: in addition to downloading mp3 songs, it also allows you to download audio files from entire playlists and many other sites in addition to YouTube;
  • SnapDownloader: in just 3 steps you can download audio files from over 300 different sites;
  • MediaHuman: allows you to download mp3 files at the highest audio quality while managing your download queues like a real download manager.

Websites to download music from YouTube directly online

Let’s see now which are the best online solutions to download music from the tube:

Particularly efficient service for downloading music from YouTube is that offered by

This site allows you to download songs from the popular platform’s videos in a very simple way (it is also suitable for downloading videos from YouTube or downloading videos from the internet, as it is also a YouTube to MP4 converter).

To download music with simply go to the website, and you’ll soon notice a large search bar on the homepage, at which point you can either paste in the URL of the video you’re interested in (from which you’ll get the song) or search for the film directly from the search function.

In the latter case, the results most relevant to the words you have entered will appear, otherwise, the link you have provided will be analysed.

At the end of the analysis, a screen of the film will appear on the left, while on the right there will be various download links (in particular, you can download the file in MP4 video format, MP3 audio format and other formats).

All you have to do is choose the one that best suits your needs by clicking on the appropriate button or by pressing the right mouse button and selecting the Save link as, at which point all you have to do is choose the destination folder.


Through this site, you can quickly convert a YouTube video into an MP3 file. To do this, simply copy the URL of the video from which you want to extract the song and paste it onto this site. Then click on get a video link to start the conversion process. Before the download link of the MP3 file appears, some advertising windows may open, in this case, close them and return to the main window, you will find a button with the name of your video, click on it and the MP3 file will be downloaded to your PC.

Other sites to download music from YT

Below you will find other sites to download the audio track of YouTube videos, use them if the ones I mentioned above do not work:

You can also use these online methods on your smartphone to download music from YouTube.

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Download music from YouTube to MP3 on Android

If you have an Android device, the best application for downloading music from YouTube is AT Player. It allows you to download an MP3 file from the YouTube video and play it on your device. Remember: for personal use only!

Another very similar app is Stream, which allows you to download files from YouTube, but also use it as a player or set a cut-off date, for example.

If the previously mentioned apps do not work, you can also try these:

Downloading music from YouTube on Apple iOS

If you have an iOS device, you need to activate the Shortcuts app. Then you also need to download the “YouTube Video & Audio” script here via Safari, authorising this unknown or untrusted quick command as well.

After doing so, you must open YouTube on your iOS device, choose a song, activate its playback and then click on the arrow at the top right, opening the menu for sharing. Then click on More and select the script “YouTube Video & Audio”. This will open the Shortcut application where you can choose the download format and the name of the track. Finally, click on Finish and choose the destination of the file.

Unlike Android, Apple is more stringent and this is currently the fastest way to download MP3s from YouTube on iOS. I would also like to remind you that from iPhone you can download an MP3 from YT directly with the websites mentioned above.

What to do if some services or apps do not work

It can happen that some apps are removed from the Play Store (Android) or the App Store (Apple) due to copyright infringement, and for the same reason this can also happen to some websites. Very often these are temporary and not permanent situations. If any of your favourite apps such as: Filegram, Tubemate or ZEEM for Android should not work, try looking at the updated list of Apps and services mentioned at the top of the article.


Is it legal to download music from YouTube?

Incredibly, downloading music from YouTube is legal, but only under certain conditions. Music downloaded from YouTube must absolutely NOT be used for commercial purposes or shared, but only for personal use (source). This prevents piracy, which is severely punished by law. Obviously, it also depends on the song, as some songs are protected and therefore cannot be downloaded at all.

To be on the safe side, it is best to check for a disclaimer in the video description, and it is always best to use the official channel of the artist or record company publishing the video. This is because YouTube is not responsible for checking the rights of use of a song used in a video.

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