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The Ultimate Guide on how to download video and music from YouTube

There are many ways to download MP3 and video files from YouTube. Here is the complete review and the list of best tools for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iPhone or Android phone users.

 

Chapter #1: How to download from YouTube on Android?

Chapter #2: How can I convert YouTube videos to my iPhone?

Chapter #3: Are there any free YouTube converters for Mac?

Chapter #4: Which is the best YouTube downloader for Windows?

Chapter #5: How to download YouTube videos without using any software?

Chapter #6: What a some good sites to download a YouTube video from?

Chapter #7: How can I download and MP3 from YouTube onto an Mp3 player?

Chapter #8: When you convert YouTube videos to MP3, do they lose any sound quality?

Chapter #9: Is it illegal to download YouTube video just to watch offline?

 


Chapter #1. Download YouTube video to Android directly

 

You will not find in Google Play an app to download video or MP3 from YouTube. It is because Google – who owns YouTube – wants you to watch videos and music clips on their platform. And they do not definitely approve bypassing it.

Nevertheless, a number of free Android apps to do this does exist.

At our point of view here is two of the best of them. They are live and functional. Developers have updated these apps several times already just during this year.

TubeMate for Android

YouTube Downloader for Android

You’ll have to do the trick to install these apps that come outside official Google Play.

First, open the Settings menu on your Android device, go to Security, next enable Unknown sources. For security reasons you may return this option to default after you complete the installation.

Now download an APK file from the developers website. APK means Android Package Kit, a file format used on Android devices to install mobile apps. Tap on the downloaded APK file and choose Install when prompted.

 


Chapter #2. How can I convert YouTube videos to my iPhone?

Sorry, there are not any apps for this in the official Apple iOS App Store. And we suppose you hardly want to jailbreak your iPhone.

But you still can use a computer program or a web based service on your PC and Mac to download video from YouTube and convert it to MP4 video or MP3 audio file. Than transfer it to iPhone using iTunes.

Why not to use a YouTube downloader web-site right from Safary browser on iPhone?

It won’t work. Apple does not allow to download any files from the Internet using any browser on iPhone and iPad.

 


Chapter #3. Are there any free YouTube converters for Mac?

Fortunately, yes!

Free YouTube Downloader for Mac by DVDVideoSoft

Free YouTube MP3 Converter for Mac by DVDVideoSoft

Digiarty’s MacX YouTube Downloader

There is an advantage of using computer programs as compared to web-site based YouTube downloaders. All these tools support multiple downloads. For example, with them you can download a whole YouTube playlist and convert it to MP3 or lossless audio format at a time.

But if you do not want to install a program, just use some good sites to download a YouTube video from.

 


hapter #4. Which is the best YouTube downloader for Windows?

Now there are many YouTube downloader apps for Windows. They turned up right after YouTube come into the service out of the blue.

Here is just a few of them.

YTD Video Downloader

FreeMake Video Downloader

Free YouTube Download by DVDVideoSoft

Ummy Video Downloader

4K Video Downloader

All of these tools used to be clearly free a couple of years ago. Alas, now Freemium is a pricing strategy supported by many software vendors. A product is provided free of charge, but money (premium) is charged for proprietary features and functionality.

 


Chapter #5. How to download YouTube videos without using any software?

1. Just find a video on YouTube

2. Copy and paste the link into the input field on your favorite downloader site

3. Click ‘Go’ or ‘Start’ or whatever else, wait it to parse the link

4. Click ‘Download video’ or ’Download audio’

5. Enjoy YouTube video or music offline

Relatively new trend. It may look strange, but online services to download video were invented next after Windows apps. www.youtube-mp3.org – the oldest one, doesn’t function as expected now 🙁

 


Chapter #6. So, what a some good sites to download a YouTube video from?

www.onlinevideoconverter.com

www.savefrom.net

downloadyoutube.co

 


Chapter #7. How can I download and MP3 from YouTube onto an MP3 player?

Okay, thanks to an YouTube downloader app or a converter site, you have a video from YouTube as MP4 video or MP3 audio file on your computer. It’s time to use a file manager to transfer downloaded files to your MP3 player. These are common Windows Explorer on PC, Finder on Mac or Linux file manager.

iTunes has no alternatives to transfer files to iPhone or iPad.

 


Chapter #8. When you convert YouTube videos to MP3, do they lose any sound quality?

Every MP4 video and MP3 audio encoding is lossy. And this is a bit rate issue. The higher the bit rate, the larger the MP3 data stream will be, and, generally, the closer it will sound to the original recording.

Consider to use AAC audio files instead of MP3. YouTube stores its audio streams as AAC.

This app Free YouTube to MP3 Converter and this site downloadyoutube.co allow to download original AAC files without re-encoding the stream to MP3.

 


Chapter #9. Is it illegal to download YouTube video just to watch offline?

The simple answer is Yes in majority cases. Read the separate guide for more information.