3 Free Methods to Rip Audio from YouTube Video

“Are there any good ways to download YouTube video as MP3 audio?” Enjoying the good reputation as the most influential online video sharing platform for years, YouTube is now playing a more and more important role in people’s entertaining life. Well-known for its abundant resources, YouTube allows users to get access to movies and music MVs of all kinds. In fact, there are always times when users are driven by the desire to download the background songs of a movie on YouTube or the wonderful music MVs from YouTube. However, the restrictions from YouTube have made the task of ripping audio from YouTube video not an easy one.

YouTube and audio

Even though YouTube allows users to watch video clips shorter than 15 minutes for free, it doesn’t allow users to download those YouTube videos freely. Therefore, users are only allowed to rip audio from YouTube video via third-party apps. However, the fact that most of such programs are not provided for free is really an annoying issue. Therefore, this post will cover three free methods that do help users rip audio from YouTube video.

Method One: Record YouTube video with Sound Recorder

As the built-in program for Windows system, Sound Recorder can be used to rip audio from YouTube video. With it, one can record the audio of the YouTube video and then save the recorded file to local disk. However, since Sound Recorder is used to record voices coming from speaker by default, one needs to change the settings of the program to make it record sounds coming from the computer.

Step 1: Double click the icon of “My Computer” to open it, find out the option of “Control Panel” in the section of “Other Places” and then click it.

YouTube to audio: Control panel

Step 2: Next, choose the option named “Sound, Speech, and Audio Devices” in the panel named “Pick a category”.

YouTube to audio: click the icon

Step 3: After that, choose “Sound and Audio Devices” icon to get to a new board where one needs to select “Volume…” button in “Voice recording” section under “Voice” tab.

YouTube to audio: Voice recording options

Step 4: Last but not least important, check “Select” box in “CD Audio” option. Then users can open the YouTube video and begin the process of ripping audio from YouTube video.

YouTube to audio: CD audio

Method Two: Download YouTube as MP3 audio

Of course, there are also various free websites designed to help users rip audio from YouTube video. Of all those websites, youtube-mp3.org is probably the most outstanding one. Basically, after users have provided the URL address of a YouTube video, the website will offer users a link where users are allowed to download the YouTube video as MP3 audio. However, youtube-mp3.org may fail to rip audio from some YouTube videos at times and it has been in a copyright war with Google.

YouTube to audio: YouTube to MP3 site

Method Three: Convert YouTube video

As a professional SWF converter, Moyea SWF to 3GP Converter allows users to import YouTube video as SWF file directly and then convert the YouTube video to audio file. Moreover, the powerful Flash converter is even provided for free. Considering its powerful functions, Moyea SWF to 3GP Converter is probably the best choice to rip audio from YouTube video.

Step 1: Open the page where the YouTube video lies, click “Share” button, choose “Embed” option and then check “Use old embed code” box. After the old embed code of the YouTube video will be provided, copy the first part of the URL in “Value=”.

YouTube to audio: Choose URL address

Step 2: Open Moyea SWF to 3GP Converter, choose “Input” tab and then choose “From URL” option in the drop-down menu of “Browser…” button. Then paste the URL address to corresponding bar in the panel and click “OK” button.

YouTube to audio: Paste URL address

Step 3: Choose “Export” tab and then users can choose to rip the audio from YouTube video by either setting the output file as audio file or by checking “Rip Audio” box and define the location of the ripped audio. Then click “Convert” tab to begin the process of converting YouTube video to audio file.

YouTube to audio: Rip audio

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