How to Convert YouTube Files to an MP3

By Alex Cadalso

Want an MP3 of that song from your favorite YouTube video? I'll show you multiple ways to pull the audio out of a Flash file in MP3 format.

VidtoMP3.com

Step 1

Copy the URL of the video you want to covert.

Step 2

Go to http://www.vidtomp3.com and paste the URL of the video into the text box. VidtoMP3.com is an web application that does all the conversion work for you.

Step 3

Click download. That's it!

Download Helper

Step 1

Download Helper is an extension for Mozilla's Firefox browser that allows you to download different content from the website you're viewing. If you don't have Firefox, head to Firefox.com, download and install the browser (see Resources).

Step 2

Next download the Download Helper extension at DownloadHelper.net (see Resources). A dialogue box will ask you if you want to accept extensions from the site, click "Yes" and the extension will install. Click "Yes" to restart Firefox for the extension to take effect. A greyed-out logo appears next to your address bar; this logo will animate and light up when you view an object you can download.

Step 3

Find your video on the web and click to play it. Click the animated Download Helper logo next to the address bar and a pop-down list will appear with different file names ending in .flv. Click the name of the video to download.

Step 4

You just downloaded the Flash video, which can be viewed in a media player like VLC (see Resources). Now you need to convert the audio from the .flv file to MP3 format. Download Freez FLV to MP3 converter, a popular conversion program, or use your own (see Resources).

Step 5

Run Freez FLV to MP3 converter, locate the .flv file on your hard drive and click convert.

FLV 2 MP3

Step 1

FLV to MP3 is another site where you can paste the URL or upload your video for conversion (see Resources).

Step 2

Copy the URL of your video or download it using Download Helper and upload it to FLV 2 MP3.

Step 3

Click "OK." FLV 2 MP3 also offers convenient tools for sharing your file on social networking sites.