How to download and convert YouTube videos to mp3 format

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YouTube is the world’s leading video sharing platform whose headquarters is in San Bruno, California. The service was started in February 14, 2005, by 3 PayPal employees. The service was bought by Google in November of 2006 for a hefty amount of US$ 1.65 billion. The platform is currently operating as one of the subsidiaries of the tech giant Google. The service is currently available for users as an official website, Android app and iOS app.

Best features of YouTube:

It is the world’s largest video sharing platform. It allows users to upload their videos to the platform that other users can easily view too. Users can also rate, share and comment on any video. The platform also provides a feature to subscribe other user’s channel that will inform them about that channel’s new videos through a notification. A unique feature of the platform also allows users to report on any videos. users can easily do so if they found that the content of the video is misleading or if it contains some sexual content.

The platform offers a wide variety of videos by various users and even videos by corporate media are also available. The contents mainly available on the platform include video clips, TV shows clips and music videos. The platform also hosts a large number of short documentary films, audio recordings and movie trailers. It also allows users to do a live stream and video blogging through the platform. Through live streaming feature, users can send their content directly while they are going on. In video blogging, users can create blogs from their smartphone or a professional camera and upload it to the platform. The platform also host many short original videos and even many educational videos.

Who can upload videos on YouTube:

YouTube platform allows any user registered with the platform to upload videos to the platform. Most of the contents available on the platform are uploaded by individuals. However various media and some corporate houses also upload their videos to the world’s largest online video sharing platform. Various media partners such as CBC, the BBCHulu and another offer their contents on the platform as part of the YouTube’s partnership program. Some Indian media houses like Zee News, IndiaTV, NDTV, Aaj Tak and others also offer their videos on the platform. The unregistered users can only watch videos on the platform, they cannot upload their videos. Some videos on the platform deemed as potentially inappropriate are available only to registered users aged over 18 years.

YouTube Webpage

What is the source of YouTube earnings:

The main source of the platforms earning is from the advertising revenue from Google AdSense. This program by Google targets advertisements according to the content of the site and its audience. The majority of videos available on the platform are free to view. However, there are some exceptions. There are some premium subscription channels that charge their users some amount for a subscription. There are also some films available for users on the platform by paying some amount. YouTube Red is a subscription service that offers ad-free access to the contents of the platform. It also provides users access to exclusive content made in partnership with existing users.

YouTube Red

Currently, about 500 hours of contents are uploaded each minute and about 1 billion hours of content are watched on the platform daily.

How to download YouTube Videos:

Users can easily watch their favorite channels videos on the platform. However, watching videos on the platform requires a good internet connection with good speed. It is not possible that a user always have an internet connection. In today’s increasingly mobile world, users may want to watch a new music video, but they may face lack of Wi-Fi speed or data restriction. So sometimes users may want to download their favorite music videos to watch them offline or whenever they want. Thankfully, it is easier to download YouTube’s videos and store them offline.

Here is a tutorial for users who want to download videos from the world’s largest video sharing platform, but don’t have knowledge about how to do it.

How to convert youtube videos to MP3 using the Web Tools:

Here is one of the many ways to download videos from the platform and even converting them to MP3 format. As the name in the title suggests, we are going to use some available online tools to download videos or MP3 from the platform. Now, here is a list of various online web-based download platforms that users can use to download or convert YouTube videos to MP3.

How to download youtube videos using web tools:

Step I: Go to any of the websites shown above.

Website Home Page

 

Step II: Go to YouTube and search for the video to download or convert it to MP3 format. Then right click on the video and from the options select Copy Video URL or copy the link from the address bar of the browser.

Copy URL from YouTube

Step III: Paste the URL into the given bar on the website. The bar will read Search or paste link here or Just insert a link or something like this.

Paste Video URL to Web Tool

Step IV: Select the format to download the video and click on download.

Download the video

This will start the download in the desired format.

How to convert youtube videos to MP3 using Desktop Clients:

Many users may want a dedicated software to download videos from the platform. There are a number of software available online that can help users to download videos from the website. Here is a list of some of the software with link to download them.

There are some more software available online. However these are some of the famous one.

Steps to download videos using desktop clients:

Step I: Download any of the above software from their official website. Then install it by double click on the downloaded file. Open the software.

Homepage

The homepage will appear.

Step II: Go to YouTube and search for the video to download or convert it to MP3 format. Then right click on the video and from the options select Copy Video URL or copy the link from the address bar of the browser.

Copy URL from YouTube

Step III: Paste the URL copied from the YouTube to the Paste Link button in the left hand corner. If the video is a part of a Playlist it will ask whether the user wants to download the entire playlist or just the video.

Download the playlist

Step IV: After selecting either Download Playlist or Download Clip it will parse the video. After parsing is complete user will be given a number of options for video quality, format and conversions.

Selecting the format

Users can also adjust the download location to save the file to the desired location. After completing click on the Download button.

Step V: This will start the download. User will see a progress page that will give the details about the download size, download speed and estimated time remaining.

Download Progress

 

Downloading a video (or converting youtube to MP3) from YouTube format is not very hard. A user just need is a good tool to do so. I hope that this tutorial will help all users who like to download videos from the platform find the best tool to do so.

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