What are the best tools to download songs from YouTube?

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    ListenToYouTube is YouTube to MP3 converter that allows you to download the audio of any video you want. The audio is extracted directly from the FLV video file, so the quality you are able to listen in the video it's not affected during the downloading process.  


    Beverly Ross
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "ListenToYouTube is such a helpful and indispensable software application that I don't know how I would manage without it. ListenToYouTube quickly downloads your favorite song or video from YouTube, converting it to the popular and portable MP3 format. It's high quality, fast, free, and easy to use. The only drawback is that if you want to convert to more formats, you would have to pay for the full version of this software."
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    #2Easy Youtube Video Downloader

    Easy Youtube Video Downloader
    Easy Youtube Video Downloader is an extension available for Firefox and Chrome that allows you to download videos from YouTube in FLV, 3GP, MP3, and MP4 at 720p or 1080p qualities on YouTube pages.

    Firefox, Chrome


    Félix Rivera
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This is the best browser extension for downloading from youtube. Right below the video that you watch, there's a button that links up to the extension. When you click on this button, it will ask you what format that you want to download your media in, and then immediately, from that same page, the download begins. This quick and easy step makes accessing your favorite Youtube files on the go quick, and painless. I love it! "
  3. 21

    #3aTube Catcher

    aTube Catcher
    aTube Catcher is a powerful tool that not only lets you download videos from YouTube, Myspace, Dailymotion, Metacafe but convert the downloaded video to play on all regular portable devices.

    Windows, Mac


    Anthony Meyer
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This is a great tool to use to download videos off YouTube so you can view them on your computer offline or on your phone at a later time. I made a playlist at home with my favorite songs and then was able to listen to these songs on my way to work. This tool not only works for songs from YouTube but also from many popular websites like MetaCafe and Dailymotion."


Did you know that the first-ever one million-hit video on YouTube was a Nike ad that featured Brazilian football player Ronaldinho receiving his pair of “Golden Boots”? On April 23, 2005, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim posted the very first video on YouTube titled “Me at the Zoo”, lasting for only 19 seconds, with Karim standing in front of the elephants and talking about their trunks. On May during the same year, YouTube launched its beta site and was officially released to the public 7 months later following a $3.5 million investment from Sequoia Capital which enabled them to increase bandwidth and improve its servers.

What started out as a repository of amateur videos became a powerhouse of original content after it was bought by Google only a year later. Whilst the old videos are still available for viewing on its site, YouTube now features plenty of content creators who upload original videos covering a wide variety of subjects. Plenty of videos about documentaries, gameplays, political analyses, brand and product reviews, and vlogs, among others, can be found on YouTube. Nowadays, the video sharing site garners roughly 15 billion page views monthly and cashes in at least $183 billion from ad revenues alone.

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    #4iTube Studio

    iTube Studio

    iTube Studio helps you to make all online videos become yours. It is the fastest video downloader, allowing you to download videos from 10, 000+ sites, including YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, etc.


    Windows, Mac

    $19- Free trial available

    Ethan Gonzalez
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I love Itube Studio. I have been able to get my favorite videos from several platforms so that I can save and keep them in case sites change. It is so easy to use and works great."
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    JDownloader is a free Download Manager written in Java. You can start, stop or pause downloads, set bandwidth limitations, auto-extract archives and much more.

    Windows, Mac


    Dylan Hudson
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "JDownloader is an open source tool that is a useful download manager, but it isn't specifically geared towards downloading from Youtube. It will help with the downloads, but you'll have a harder time finding them to tell this tool to download them."
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    #6Airy YouTube Downloader

    Airy YouTube Downloader
    Airy will help you save YouTube videos on your computer so that you can always watch it even if there is no Internet available. Airy is aimed to download videos from YouTube to in the simplest way possible. 

    Windows, Mac

    $19.95- Varies by plan

    Rebecca Harris
    Written on January 7, 2018
    "Easiest way to download YouTube videos. Takes just a second and it's done. No bloatware or ads just done."
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    #7Free YouTube to MP3 Converter

    Free YouTube to MP3 Converter
    Get a desktop application for real hi-fi enthusiasts. Convert YouTube to MP3 with extreme and insane quality presets.

    Windows, Mac


    Timothy Medina
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Free YouTube to MP3 Converter is a great tool to download songs from youtube. I use it since long time, and it never failed me."
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    Convert2mp3.net will download and convert for free your favorite videos from YouTube, Dailymotion and Clipfish to MP3, MP4 and other formats. 

    Online Tools


    Denise Warren
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "A simple way to convert videos into mp3 files or download as mp4s to your computer. I find that it's very easy to use and you all you need to do is copy the link. This is a great solution if you're trying to make mp3s from your favorite online videos or download mp4 versions of your favorite videos!"
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    #9YouTube MP3 Converter

    YouTube MP3 Converter

    YouTube MP3 Converter is an online tool which allows you to download music from YouTube in MP3 format. You only have to paste the video URL and the site will generate an MP3 file with the song. 

    Online Tools


    Lisa Bowman
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This site works nicely as an audio ripper. There's a lot of music on YouTube that isn't easy to find in MP3 format otherwise. It's essential to be able to make it yourself."
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    #10YouTubeMP3 Converter

    YouTubeMP3 Converter

    YouTubeMP3 Converter is a YouTube to MP3 converter that works online. You simply have to paste the YouTube link on the box, click on the magnifying glass, and then decide if you want to listen to or download the MP3 file to your device. 

    Online Tools
    Michael Moore
    Written on January 11, 2018
    "This solution to uploading a YouTube video seems like a simple program on-line. However, the site does not offer any user comments or reviews. Further investigation on their Facebook page finds that the program is from Siberia. The lack of user information makes me not trust this program. I would not use this program based on the lack of user information. "
  8. 8

    #11YouTube MP3

    YouTube MP3
    Download your favorite YouTube videos as mp3 files without registration. All you have to do is to paste the URL of the YouTube video you want to convert to MP3 and in a few minutes, you will have it on your computer. 



    Beverly Watkins
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "YouTube mp3 makes grabbing my favorite tunes from YouTube simple. All I have to do is know what I want and it downloads it fast."
  9. 8



    Free and easy to use, this website will allow you to download your favorite YouTube videos on your computer. Just paste the URL of the video you want to get the mp3 file of and in a few minutes you will be able to enjoy that song anywhere. 



    Sergey Kireyev
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "new spin of the classic listentoyoutube. now that it's gone, this new one is getting all the attention!"
  10. 6

    #13KeepVid Music

    KeepVid Music
    With KeepVid Music you can download online videos from Youtube, Vimeo, Twitch. TV, Facebook, Dailymotion, Youku, Tudou, Metacafe and more. Simply copy and paste. *No Longer Available*

    Billy Lane
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Easy to use and worth adding to my toolkit. Let's me grab songs and videos and removes the commercials for me. A great little app which I'm getting a lot of use out of. "
  11. 3



    KeepVid Android is an app for Android that allows users to search and download multiple videos and MP3 files from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other popular video sharing sites.




    Eva He
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "I really like the idea of KeepVid, and while it seems to work like it should, it seems like playback quality gets mangled through downloads. I never had an issue downloading my files, but the playback of songs was of low quality. If you need to download something in a pinch, KeepVid can definitely help you out. Besides that, you'd probably be better off just listening to media directly from YouTube."
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    #15Tube Video Downloader

    Tube Video Downloader
    Tube Video Downloader is a free application and an online downloader tool for Android devices and Chrome browser that lets users search any video by name, movie, album and download it with a simple click. 

    Chrome, Android


    Frank Stone
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "So I'm too cheap to actually buy songs so I went ahead and looked up the best way to download songs from youtube. I went online and after some research I found Tube Video Downloader, thanks to this I now have over 1000 songs in my Itunes all for free."
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    #16DownTube Free Video Downloader

    DownTube Free Video Downloader

    Downtube Free Video Downloader helps users listen to music and watch high-quality videos offline. Simply click on the video, choose video quality and download it. Downloaded videos are also sharable. 




    He Zhang
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "DownTube is a video downloader. This is not a song downloader, so it is not what I was looking for. "
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    #17YouTube to MP3

    YouTube to MP3

    YouTube to MP3 is an online tool for converting YouTube videos to MP3 formats for free. It works by pasting the link of the video from YouTube then converting it to MP3 file. 

    Online Tools


    Edward Yeager
    Written on August 30, 2018
    "I prefer this youtube downloader for downloading youtube songs and video to mp3 and mp4 format and was really happy with the process which this converter provides. It is a very fine youtube converter which enables user to download almost video to mp3 from various video streaming sites. Good User Interface and fast dwonloading!!"
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    Allavsoft is a powerful software for downloading and converting free videos in different kind of formats from various websites like Dailymotion, eHow. Yahoo Video, etc.


    Windows, Mac

    $29.99- Varies by plan

    Tonya Rabish
    Written on January 16, 2019
    "It can batch and directly download songs from YouTube, Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud etc"
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    Instube is an app for Android devices that can download videos from Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Facebook and more. It supports different video formats. Users can save videos from different websites in HD for free. 




    Adeline Bullze
    Written on August 29, 2018
    "This free tool gives us a solution to download YouTube music for free. I usually download some country songs from YouTube and save them as Mp3 via InsTube."


Best What are the best tools to download songs from YouTube
1ListenToYouTubeWebsites 26 Paid
2Easy Youtube Video DownloaderSoftware 22 Free
3aTube CatcherSoftware 21 Free
4iTube StudioSoftware 20 Paid
5JDownloaderSoftware 20 Free
6Airy YouTube DownloaderSoftware 15 Paid
7Free YouTube to MP3 ConverterSoftware 14 Free
8convert2mp3.netOnline Tools 13 Free
9YouTube MP3 ConverterOnline Tools 10 Free
10YouTubeMP3 ConverterOnline Tools 9 Paid

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