Convert YouTube audio to mp3

As the title suggests, here is a little handy tutorial if you are interested in acquiring audio from a video you’ve seen on YouTube such that it can be formatted in a manner that it can be played later as an mp3 file on your player.

First off you have to download this FREE software at CNET. Here is the link to Free YouTube to mp3. It only takes a minute or two! Just Save to your “Download” file folder and “Run” thereafter. (Just a note, CNET downloads are safe and generally contain no viruses or bad stuff. Personally speaking, I’ve never encountered any problems downloading at CNET.)

Once you’ve downloaded and run the setup, the program should have automatically installed an icon on your desktop that looks like this.

My nephew as a screensaver. Brat!

My nephew as a screensaver. Brat!

Click on the icon as illustrated and it will launch the program. A page that looks like this will pop up.

Start Page

Start Page

Click on selection number “3” and the following page will follow.

Copy and Paste

For the purpose of this video, I used an 80’s Canadian Classic tune by Loverboy doing a live version of their song Turn Me Loose. ( Just as a note, I wanted an mp3 version of the song that I do not already have and is not commercially available. That’s where I find the value in this software.)

So at this point, go to YouTube and copy the URL for the song of your choice. For the purpose of this tutorial I am using Loverboy – Turn Me Loose.

Loverboy - Turn Me Loose

With your copied version of the URL, return to the converter program and paste it in the space provided. The program will automatically detect it. Thereafter, you can select the desired folder to download it to.

Paste and Save

Now hit the “Download” button in the bottom right and you are set!
( Note: I found that the process takes about 75% of the running time of the video to download. Therefore, this five and half minute video took about 3 and half minutes. No glitches or problems! )

The only other thing I did was trim off the end of the audio and add a fade utilizing Adobe Audtion. However, there are plenty of other audio editors free on line at CNET if you do not have an editor already.

Audacity comes to mind.

Well that’s it for now! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


P.S. Here is the resulting mp3 for Loverboy – Turn Me Loose available for download at this link here if you are so inclined!

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