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