How to Extract Audio From Youtube Videos

Many people use YouTube as a means of sharing their favorite music, home recordings and videos of live performances. However, YouTube has no built-in tools for exporting or extracting content to your computer or portable audio player. Thankfully, there are several free Web-based tools that allow you to download content from YouTube in the format of your choice. Use an online tool to extract the audio content from a YouTube video, and save it to your computer.

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Locate a video on YouTube that you want to convert. Highlight the full URL of the video using your mouse pointer, then press "Ctrl" and "C" or right-click the URL and select "Copy." A complete YouTube video URL looks like "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=" followed by an identifying alphanumerical string.

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Open a new browser window or tab, and navigate to ClipConverter.cc, Xenra.com or MakeItMP3.com.

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Right-click the URL entry field at the top of the page, and select "Paste" to paste the copied YouTube video URL.

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Click the "MP3" button under "Conversion Format" if you are using the ClipConverter.cc tool. Drag the slider next to "Audio Bitrate" to indicate the desired quality of the resulting MP3 file. At higher bitrates, audio quality is higher and file size is larger. You can also adjust the volume, number of audio channels and other settings on this screen. Click the "Start" button to perform the conversion, then click the "Download" button on the resulting page to download the MP3 file to your computer.

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Click the "Download Now" button if you are using the Xenra.com tool. Click the drop-down menu next to the title of the video on the next page, and select "MP3." Click the "Download" button, then click "Click Here to Download" to save the MP3 file on your computer.

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Click the "Low," "Standard" or "High" radio button next to "MP3" if you are using the MakeItMP3.com tool to indicate the desired quality of the resulting MP3 file. Click the "Convert" button, then click the "Click Here to Download" link on the resulting page to save the MP3 file on your computer.