How to Put a YouTube Song Onto a Flash Drive

By David Wayne

Any video you watch on YouTube will work with YouTube-downloading software. Putting a copyrighted YouTube song onto a flash drive is illegal, however, and can get you in trouble. With YouTube downloads on your flash drive, you can take your music anywhere and listen to it on any computer or portable player. Clips from YouTube songs will work as ringtones for cell phones, and carrying them on a flash drive allows you to edit them on a computer that may not be connected to the Internet.

Vid to MP3

Step 1

Navigate to the Web page of a YouTube song you want to download. Click the address bar at the top of the Web browser to select the URL of the YouTube video. Press "Control" and "C" for Windows or "Command" and "C" for Mac to copy the address.

Step 2

Navigate to the Vid to MP3 website. Scroll down the page to the URL box and press "Control" and "V" for Windows or "Command" and "V" for Mac to paste the URL into the box.

Step 3

Click the option button next to "Standard Quality" or "High Quality." Click "Download" to save an MP3 file of the song on your computer.

Step 4

Connect your flash drive to a USB port on your computer. Drag the MP3 download to your flash drive to copy the song.

Listen to YouTube

Step 1

Copy the URL from the address bar of the YouTube video you want to download.

Step 2

Navigate to the Listen to YouTube website. Paste the YouTube URL in the "Enter YouTube URL" box. Click "Standard Quality" or "High Quality" and click "Go."

Step 3

Click "Download MP3" to save the file to your computer. Connect your flash drive to a USB port, and drag the file to the flash drive.

Video 2 MP3

Step 1

Navigate to the YouTube video you want to download, and copy the URL from the address bar.

Step 2

Navigate to Video 2 MP3 website. Paste the YouTube URL in the "Enter URL" field. Choose "Standard Quality" or "High Quality" and click "Convert.

Step 3

Click "Download MP3" on the next page. Connect your flash drive to a USB port on your computer, and drag the MP3 to your flash drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • The "High Quality" download feature on the YouTube download websites only works with YouTube videos embedded with high-quality audio streams. Not every video will work with this feature.
  • Video-conversion websites also work with content from many other video sites, such as Daily Motion and Mega Video.