How to Download Audio from YouTube to Your Mac

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Why prepare a YouTube audio download?

Most Mac Users know YouTube as the largest video streaming platform on the Internet, but it turns out that just as many people watching cat videos also listen to music on the incredibly popular service. However, being connected to the Internet is something that’s necessary for listening to YouTube, so where does that leave those who find themselves not connected? Well, for many, it just means there’s no YouTube audio to listen to. However, with some ingenuity and the assistance of some incredible apps, you can download sound from YouTube easily and safely so you can have it anywhere you go!


Saving audio to your Mac with a YouTube audio downloader

There are many apps out there that can download YouTube audio Mac users can take advantage of, but the Airy app is a strong, secure solution that provides you with a simple, straightforward solution to your problem. This YouTube video sound downloader works with multiple links and can download multiple videos at once. It’s a one-stop YouTube audio download shop.

Downloading audio from YouTube with Airy:

  1. Download and install Airy. Go to https://www.airy-youtube-downloader.com/download-mac.html to automatically start your download, and run the file when it finishes downloading.
  2. Go to the YouTube video you want. Open YouTube in your web browser, and search for the video you want to download YouTube audio from. Ensure that you’re selecting a single file, and not a playlist or a video in a playlist.
  3. Copy the video’s URL. In the URL bar at the top of your web browser, highlight the entire web address and press ⌘ Command+C to copy it.
  4. Open Airy, paste link. Open the Airy app by double-clicking the icon, then paste the copied link in Airy by pressing ⌘ Command+V.
  5. Format and download! From the “Format” drop-down box, choose “mp3,” then click the download button. Choose a download location, and your YouTube audio download will commence!
Saving audio to your Mac

Download YouTube audio online

What if you want to figure out how to download mp3 from YouTube online but not download an App to do so? There are actually several websites that can do that for you, but you also run the risk of finding a site that may infect your computer with malware. However, FLVto is a reliable, worry-free online YouTube audio downloader that can download sound from YouTube video worry-free without needing to sign up for an account!

How to download audio from YouTube on Mac with FLVto

  1. Go to the YouTube video you want. Head to YouTube in your web browser either directly or by searching for the video you want. You don’t need to be logged into your YouTube account unless the video you’re looking for is age-gated.
  2. Copy the address. In the URL bar at the top of your web browser, highlight the entire URL and press ⌘ Command+C to copy it.
  3. Open FLVto. Either in a new browser tab or in the same one, go to https://www.flvto.biz/.
  4. Paste and format. Paste your YouTube video’s URL in the “Enter the link to the media” text box, then select your format. “mp3” is selected by default.
  5. Download and deliver! Clicking the “Download” button starts the online YouTube mp3 downloader. Once it’s finished, you can download it directly to your device, or even send the file via email or Dropbox link for your convenience.
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Download YouTube Mac completely in browser with Сhrome YouTube audio downloader

For those who don’t want to use a website or a dedicated desktop app, you can take advantage of a Chrome YouTube audio downloader if you’re willing to jump through a few hoops. As a Mac user, you might just be using Safari exclusively as your web browser, but you cannot use it with this method – Chrome is required. However, there’s one other workaround we need to factor in, since the extension we’re using here is not available on the Chrome Web Store, and Google does not allow Chrome extensions from any other source. Thankfully, we make it easy and simple for you to understand.

Downloading audio from YouTube with download YouTube Chrome

  1. Install Crosspilot. Crosspilot is a Chrome extension that allows you to install extensions from sources other than the Chrome Web Store. Add it to Chrome by clicking on this link.
  2. Go to Addoncrop. Addoncrop is an online webstore offering a wide variety of quality browser extensions, and it’s what we’ll be using to find a reliable Chrome YouTube mp3 downloader.
  3. Download the extension. Click on “YouTube MP3 Converter” to get started. On the right-hand side of the page, click “Install via Crosspilot” and wait for it to finish installing.
  4. Test the installation. Head to YouTube. Find a video to test your YouTube audio downloader Chrome extension. If installed correctly, there should be a “DOWNLOAD MP3” button just above the “SUBSCRIBE” button, just below the video player, in the video’s description.
  5. Choose quality and download! A pop-up window will appear, which allows you to choose the quality of the mp3 download, from 64Kbps to 320Kbps, as well as the overall length of the clip you want to create. You can choose to download the entire audio, or just a segment from the video. Choose a download location, and it will download directly in seconds!
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How to download YouTube audio on Firefox

While not as prevalent as it once was before the rise of Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is still a very popular web browser. And using its own browser add-ons, you can find a YouTube audio downloader Firefox extension to make it quick and easy!

Downloading audio from YouTube on Mac using Mozilla Firefox

  1. Find the Addon. Go to https://addons.mozilla.org and search for “YouTube Video and Audio Downloader.” Click the download button, and you’ll install the extension.
  2. Find a video. The next time you head to YouTube, a download button will be available when you start watching a video.
  3. Format and download. After clicking the button, you’ll be able to choose the format you want your video or music in. From there, it will download and be sent to your desktop.
download YouTube audio on Firefox

Download YouTube audio via your iPhone

What if you don’t want to download YouTube Audio to your Mac, but want it on your mobile device instead? If you want to know how to download music from YouTube to iPhone, your options are rather limited. Currently, you can only use YouTube Premium, which while it does require a monthly subscription fee, it does allow unlimited downloading and streaming of all videos from your phone, ad-free. If you’re not looking to spend any money, you’re still in luck! YouTube Premium is available to try free for a month!

How to download a song from YouTube to your iPhone

  1. Sign up for YouTube Premium. Open the YouTube app on your iPhone, then tap the profile icon to enter your account. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one to complete this process. In the Account menu, tap “Get YouTube Premium” > “Try it Free.”
  2. Download the YouTube music app. From the App Store, download YouTube Music on Mac.
  3. Find a song you love. Using the app, find a song you want to download and tap the three dots next to the music title. From there, tap the “Download” button to download it directly to your iPhone. Alternatively, you can download a video using the regular YouTube app to your iPhone by tapping the “Download” button in the description below the video.
  4. IMPORTANT NOTE: Unless you choose to continue your subscription at the end of your trial month, anything you downloaded to your iPhone will not be playable after the trial expires.
Download YouTube audio via your iPhone

YouTube audio download using your Android Phone

If you use a Mac but your phone is an Android, you’ve got a cost-free option. Using the YouTube App, you can get an mp3 using an external website – you just need to know how to find the video’s URL in the app, which is easier than you might think.

How to download music from YouTube on Android

  1. Find your video in YouTube and “Share” it. Using the YouTube App, find the video you want to use with the YouTube audio downloader Android. In the player, find the “Share” button and tap it. That will open up a pop-up window with several different ways to share the video. Tap “Copy Link” and you’ll have the URL copied to your phone’s clipboard.
  2. Open YTMP3. Using Google Chrome on your Android, visit https://ytmp3.cc/en13/. Either type this into your browser manually or tap the link to travel through – DO NOT COPY the address if you’ve already got the YouTube video’s URL already copied to your Android’s clipboard, otherwise you’ll need to repeat step one.
  3. Paste the YouTube link. Tap the text box at the front of the page to activate the keyboard, then long tap the text box to bring up a small window. Tap “Paste” to put the URL of the YouTube video in the box.
  4. Convert and download. Tap the “Convert” option near the middle of the screen to create your mp3. Then when prompted, tap “Download” to save it to your phone.
YouTube audio download using your Android Phone

Important YouTube audio download warnings, disclaimers, and tips

Protect yourself from malware

If you decide to try and download music from YouTube yourself, be sure to only use the sites described in this article. We have vetted them and made sure they’re on the up-and-up. The last thing you want is to find your Mac infected with malware or other nasty viruses thanks to a misleading or outright false download link.

Personal use only

Downloading music for profit is illegal, so make sure to use these files for personal use. With that said, downloading music from YouTube even for just personal use can be illegal depending on your region, and if it isn’t, it still violates Google’s terms of use, resulting in your Google account being banned. If you choose to upload or use YouTube in any capacity other than private, double-check copyright laws to make sure your upload won’t get flagged or taken down. If you have a problem with any of the methods in this article while trying to download a song, make sure you followed all the steps correctly, then try again 12 hours later.

Downloading videos instead of downloading audio

If you’re looking to download video from YouTube instead of audio, several of the methods described above include a downloader that works on both video and audio – you just need to choose video when you choose to download it. Follow the steps as above, and choose the format you want to use. You might find people using Keepvid.com to download YouTube video. While we can say that the website and service itself is safe, it is built on the Java programming language, which is much more vulnerable to attack and flaws than other platforms. It can unnecessarily expose your computer to security concerns.

FAQ

If you’re looking to download video from YouTube instead of audio, several of the methods described above include an app that works on both video and audio – you just need to choose video when you choose to download it. Follow the steps as above, and choose the format you want to use.
Many of the apps we discussed feature an in-browser downloading feature. Simply follow the steps as described above, then select video format instead of audio.
You might find people using Keepvid.com to download YouTube video. While we can say that the website and service itself is safe, it is built on the Java programming language, which is much more vulnerable to attack and flaws than other platforms. It can unnecessarily expose your computer to security concerns.

In conclusion

While it can seem daunting, we’ve made it easy to make sure that you can download sound from YouTube on Mac easily and efficiently. There are several different methods, and while we recommend a dedicated app like Airy, you can pretty much find any way to suit your needs. Just make sure that what you’re doing is within legal limits of your region, so you are on the up and up as far as Google and your local law enforcement is concerned. With all that taken care of, you should be downloading music from YouTube like a pro. Happy Downloading!

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