A large proportion of the videos you find could survive having video stripped away to leave just the audio. You could use a dedicated downloader to save the videos, and then use a separate utility to rip the audio. We’ve rounded up the most powerful and flexible free software for ripping the audio from YouTube videos and saving it directly in MP3 format. Whether you want to download a videocast to listen to on the train, grab some music for your daily workout, or save some ambient noise to help you sleep, these free YouTube to MP3 converters will make the job effortless.
#1. Any Video Converter Free
You would be forgiven for judging Any Video Converter Free by its name and believing it to be a tool for converting from one video format to another. While this is part of what it can do, it can also be used to download videos from YouTube and save them as MP3s – exactly what we’re looking for! As downloading as MP3s is not the sole purpose of the program, it is rather larger than you might expect, but this should not put you off. It seems almost overkill to use what is a powerful and versatile piece of software for just one task, but downloading MP3s is as simple as pasting in the URL of a YouTube video and waiting for the download to complete. You can then select MP3 as the output format, and hit the Convert Now button. It’s a shame there’s no one-click option, but it’s hardly a major hardship.