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7 Easy ways to download YouTube audio

Updated June 16, 2022
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Want to download YouTube audio files for free? Convert YouTube videos to MP3 files so you can listen to your favorite tunes, podcasts, or YouTubers without needing an internet connection, or add royalty-free background music to your videos.

Read on to explore how to download sound from YouTube videos on your computer, iPhone, Android, Mac, Chromebook, and Google Drive. 

How to save YouTube audio with YouTube Premium

The easiest way to legally download YouTube audio and video files is by signing up for YouTube Premium. YouTube Premium is a paid monthly subscription that lets you watch and listen offline. You will also get access to YouTube Music Premium, letting you enjoy millions of songs without ads, and playing in the background. 

Signing up for YouTube Premium is easy. All you have to do is log in to your YouTube account, click on your profile picture, then click Purchases and memberships. 

How to save YouTube audio to your computer

If you don’t want to pay for a YouTube Premium monthly subscription, many free YouTube to MP3 online downloaders are available online. Saving YouTube audio with an MP3 downloader saves the tune as an audio file. Just be sure not to breach YouTube’s copyright policy when converting YouTube audio to MP3. 

We recommend using any of these free online tools to download audio from video to your computer:

Just copy and paste the YouTube video URL into the search bar, then save YouTube MP3 file to your computer. These YouTube audio downloaders are available for desktop and mobile device users. 

How to save YouTube audio to your iPhone

Download YouTube audio to your iPhone in seconds using YouTube video to MP3 downloader, Snappea Online. Just be sure to have permission from the original creator first. 

Launch the website on your iPhone browser, copy and paste the YouTube audio’s URL into the search bar, then click download as MP3. 

How to save YouTube audio to your Android

If you’re looking for easy ways to download YouTube audio to your Android device, the VidPaw app can help you. 

The download YouTube audio app lets users download YouTube music for free in just a few taps. Once you have opened the app on your Android device, enter the keywords to your preferred audio in the search bar, then download the audio file. 

How to save YouTube audio to your Mac and iTunes

Using a YouTube Premium account is the safest way to download YouTube audio to your Mac and upload it on iTunes. You can download the YouTube app on your Mac for faster saving options. If you would like to install a YouTube video to an MP3 app on your Mac, iTube is a safe application.

How to save audio from YouTube on Chromebook

Download YouTube video audio on your Chromebook in a few simple steps. Start by ensuring your Chromebook device has the Google Play Store, then download the YouTube app on the Google Play Store. Click on the Download button on the YouTube video. The downloaded YouTube videos will appear in your gallery. 

You can also use a YouTube to MP3 converter like Online Video Converter for Chromebook. 

How to save audio from YouTube to Google Drive

If you want to download a YouTube audio file directly to Google Drive, use YouTube Premium or a YouTube to MP3 downloader. Once you have the YouTube audio file saved on your computer or smartphone, drag and drop the audio into a Google Drive folder. 

Frequently asked questions

Is it legal to download audio from YouTube?

Yes. It is legal to download audio from YouTube if you purchase a YouTube Premium subscription. You can also legally download royalty-free music from YouTube Studio. Downloading audio files using an MP3 converter isn’t illegal, but it is illegal to download copyrighted music. 

How long can you play YouTube audio in YouTube Premium?

When users download YouTube audio with YouTube Premium, they will have up to 48 hours to listen to it. If you would like to listen for longer, save the audio file to your computer or smartphone. 

Can I make TikTok sounds with downloaded YouTube audio?

Yes. Content creators are able to convert downloaded YouTube audio into TikTok sounds on the TikTok app and through Clipchamp’s free online video editor. Always remember to be mindful of YouTube’s copyright policies

Download YouTube audio for free today

Ready to listen to music, podcasts, and recorded live streams offline? Download YouTube audio in just a few clicks using the methods above to enjoy your favorite content without an internet connection. 

Easily add your YouTube video to MP3 file to a video. Just drag and drop your MP3 file into the editor in Clipchamp.

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