How to Download Music from YouTube

Is there an up-and-coming singer who has put his songs on YouTube for free and would you like to download them to your MP3 player? Have you found a beautiful live version of a song you already have on CD and would like to save it on your PC? These are just two examples of how YouTube can easily transform itself into a free downloadable music source, and today I'm here to tell you how.

Be vuoi scoprire how to download music from YouTube, all you have to do is turn to one of the solutions that I am about to tell you and learn how to use them thanks to the indications that you find below. This is a list of software, online services and apps for smartphones and tablets that will allow you to download the music you want from the famous Google home video streaming site without having to put your purse in your hand. I will also tell you about YouTube Music, the YouTube subscription service that allows you to listen to music on smartphones and tablets even in offline mode.

So, ready to find out everything in detail? I assure you it's very easy, it takes almost longer to say it than to do it. Before starting a little note on the quality of audio files: many of the services and programs that we are about to see together allow you to choose output format and bitrate. I advise you to always opt for a quality of at least 192 kbps, but it should be noted that “miracles” cannot be done. If a video has poor quality audio, even saving it at 320 kbps (i.e. the maximum bitrate allowed for MP3s) will not get any improvement.

How to Download Music from YouTube Music

If you are interested in understanding how to download music from YouTube, I suggest that you first rely on the use of YouTube Music. As I told you at the beginning of the guide, this is a music streaming service based on the boundless YouTube database and made officially available by Google, which, in exchange for a subscription at a cost of 9,99 euros / month (or 14,99 , 6 euros / month for the family plan that can be used by XNUMX people) with the first month of free trial, it allows you to download the songs that are available on the service and listen to them in audio-only mode, even in the background. It should be noted that the service can be used both from the Web and via the app for smartphones and tablets, but the download of the songs is possible only in this second case.

That said, to download the YouTube Music app on Android, visit the relative section of the Play Store and press the button Install. If, on the other hand, you are using iOS / iPadOS, visit the relevant section of the App Store, press the button Geton that one Install and authorize the download by Face ID, touch ID o password dell'ID Apple. Then start the app by pressing the button apri comparso sul display oppure sfiorando the relative icon which has been added to the home screen.

Now that you see the main screen of the app, log in to your Google account and activate the free trial to use the service, then tap on the magnifying glass located at the top right, type the name of the song you want to download or that of the compilation, playlist or reference artist and select the correct title from the proposed list.

In the screen that will subsequently be shown to you, tap the button with the down arrow that you find under the cover or press the button with i three dots vertically and select the item Download from the menu that opens. When the download is complete, you will find all the songs downloaded in the section Collection> Downloads of the app.

For further information on how YouTube Music works, I invite you to consult my guide focused specifically on the subject.

How to Download YouTube Music on PC and Mac

Let's now turn to the solutions software thanks to which you can download music from YouTube on Windows e MacOS. Below, therefore, you will find those that in my humble opinion represent the best systems in the category. Put them to the test now!

4K YouTube to MP3 (Windows / MacOS)

The first software I can recommend is 4K YouTube to MP3, which allows you to download videos from YouTube and convert them into MP3, M4A and OGG audio files while maintaining the highest possible quality (up to 320 kbps). It is completely free and is compatible with both Windows and macOS. The only limitations it provides concern the download of playlists (supports the download of a maximum number of 25 clips at a time) and the subscription function to channels. To eliminate these limitations, you need to purchase a license for the software (at a cost of 12,14 euros).

That said, let's move on to the practical side of the matter. To download 4K YouTube to MP3 on your computer, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button Scarica 4K YouTube to MP3.

Once downloaded, if you are using Windows, open open the fillet . MSI you have just downloaded and, in the window that appears on the desktop, first click on the button Run and on that Next. Then put the check mark next to the item I accepts the terms in the License Agreement and finish the setup by clicking on the button Next for two more consecutive times and on the buttons install, Yes e Finish. Then start the program by selecting the relevant one collegamento which was added to the Start menu.

Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg obtained and drag theprogram icon in the folder Applications computer, then right-click on it and select the item apri from the contextual menu that appears, in order to start the software, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first start).

Now that you see the main window of the program, paste in it the address of the videos you want to download by clicking on the button Paste link which is at the top left. By doing so, you can immediately start converting your movie to MP3.

If before starting the download you want to change the format or quality of the output files and the location where the songs are saved (which by default is the folder Music), click on the button Pref Renze of the program and set the values ​​you prefer from the sections FormatQuality e Folder present in the additional window that opens.

MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter (Windows/macOS)

Another great program you can appeal to to download music from YouTube is MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter. It is, in fact, a software for Windows and macOS to convert YouTube videos to MP3, OGG or M4A with a maximum bitrate of 320 kbps. It is free, but offers a subscription service (at a cost of $ 9,99 per year), called TurboBoost, which allows you to get songs from YouTube without having to download the entire video first (therefore faster).

To download the software on your PC, connect to its website and click on operating system logo running on your PC that you find on the left.

Subsequently, if you are using Windows, start the file .exe you just downloaded, click on the buttons Run e Yes in the window that opens, put the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and complete the setup by clicking on the button first forward four consecutive times and then on the buttons Install e end.

If you are using MacOSInstead, to install the software on your computer, all you have to do is open the package .dmg you downloaded from the MediaHuman site, copy the icon it contains into the folder Applications computer, right-click on it and select the item apri from the context menu that appears, in order to start the program, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first start).

Now that you see the MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter window on the screen, paste the addresses of the videos you want to download offline into the screen by clicking on the button Paste link.

Then, click on thegear which is at the bottom left and choose the item Pref Renze from the menu that appears. In the new window that opens, select the tab Output audio and choose the output format you prefer from the drop-down menus Convert to e Bit rate, then indicate the folder in which to save the output file by clicking on the button Choose placed in correspondence with the wording Download folder (By default, the folder used for saves is that Music).

At this point, go back to the main application window, click on arrow located at the top right and wait for the videos to be first downloaded to your PC and then converted to audio files.

Lacey (Windows)

Lacey is a program as simple as it is effective that allows you to search and download music from YouTube (and many other online services) in a few clicks. It's totally free, has a beautiful user interface and is only available for Windows operating systems.

To download the software to your computer, visit its official website and click on the link Free Download which is located at the top.

Once the download is complete, open thearchive ZIP obtained, extract the contents to a folder of your choice and start the fillet .exe. In the window that opens, select the icon of YouTube (in order to limit the search for songs to the Google portal), type the title of the song you want to download in the search field at the top or enter the name of the reference artist, then press the button Search located on the right.

After searching, locate the files of your interest and start downloading them by double clicking on their names. When the operation is completed, go to the tab Downloads (on the left), wait for the download of the videos to finish and convert them to MP3, by right clicking on their names and selecting the item Convert to MP3 from the context menu. The songs will be saved in the folder that you can open by clicking on the button Open folder, which is located at the bottom right.

How to Download YouTube Music Online

As I told you at the beginning of the guide, to download music from YouTube you can also resort to the use of some special ones online services, without having to install anything on your computer. To find out which ones in my opinion are the best, go ahead and read.


noTube is the first among the online services that fall into the category of those useful for downloading and converting videos from YouTube that I suggest you take into consideration. It's free and it's very easy to use too.

To use it, connected to its home page, paste the address of the YouTube video from which you want to extract the audio in the appropriate bar in the center, select an output format from the adjacent drop-down menu (eg. MP3) and click on the button OK.

Wait, therefore, for the video to be processed and click on the button Download, in order to save it on your computer. Easier than that?

Other Online Services to Download Music from YouTube

The Web services to download music from YouTube that I have already suggested have not convinced you in a particular way and are you looking for alternatives? Then try the other solutions part of the category that I have reported to you in the list below.

  • GrabFrom - very easy to use web service through which you can download YouTube videos in the form of audio files, choosing from various output formats. Its use is free, but eventually it is available in a paid variant (costs $ 2,99 / month or $ 24,99 / year) that allows you to take advantage of some extra functions, such as the removal of advertising banners on the site.
  • Clipconvert - another useful online service for downloading videos and audios from YouTube. It generates audio files in MP3, AAC or M4A format and allows you to adjust the output quality in detail. It's free.
  • YT2MP3 - free online service which, as easily understood by the name itself, allows you to obtain MP3 files from YouTube videos in a very simple and fast way. It is used for free.

How to Download YouTube Music on Android

A smartphone or tablet is available Android, you can download music from YouTube using special applications designed for the purpose, as in the case of TubeMate. This is a free and easy to use application that, in fact, allows you to perform the operation in question in a handful of taps. Unfortunately it is not available on the Play Store, for which the relative must be downloaded APK file from the developer's site and you must then perform the "manual" installation, after activating support for unknown sources in the device settings.

To enable support for unknown sources on Android 8.0 or higher, go to the section Settings> Apps and notifications of the device, tap on the item related to browser from which you intend to download the APK package (ex. Chrome), touch the wording Install sconosciute app and move up ON the corresponding levetta alla voce Allow from this source.

If you use a older version of Android, fai tap sull'icona delle Settings (Quella with l 'gear) that you find in the drawer, touch the wording Safety or that one Screen lock and security present on the next screen and move to ON the lever that you find in correspondence with the item Unknown origin o Unknown sources. If necessary, confirm the operation by pressing on the item OK in response to the warning you see appearing on the display. For more details, you can check out my guide on how to install APK.

Then, go to the TubeMate website directly from your device, tap the button Android Freewareon that one Download that you see by scrolling the page and then press the button Install APK. If you are asked which app you want to download the application with, choose the browser currently in use and touches items OK o Download, in response to the warnings you see appear at the bottom of the screen

After the download is complete, expand the notification menu of Android and tap on name of the .apk file just obtained, in order to start the installation of TubeMate. On the screen that is shown to you, tap the items Install e apri, in order to complete the installation process and start the application.

Then, accept the terms of use of the app by touching the wording I agree, grant TubeMate i permits necessary to work and close the screen related to release notes. Then choose if you want to use the app by viewing advertisements targeted or not.

Now that you see the main screen of the application, press the button with the magnifying glass at the top right and type the title of the video on YouTue from which you intend to extract the audio, start playback and select the button with the down arrow which is shown to you in the lower right part of the display. Then select one of the audio formats available for output from the menu that appears and tap once again on the button with the down arrow which is on the right to proceed with the download.

Please note that in conjunction with the first download, you may be asked to download MP3 Video Converter. This is a free app required for TubeMate to function properly. If this happens, you agree to it.

To follow the progress of the download, however, call up the main menu of the app, swipe from right to left on the screen and touch the icon with the down arrow located at the top. Once the download is complete, the files will be accessible by tapping on the icon music note that you always find at the top of the application menu.

How to Download YouTube Music to IPhone and IPad

If you own a iPhone or a iPad, to download music from YouTube I recommend using the app instead commands. In case you have never heard of it, it is a resource owned by Apple pre-installed on iOS / iPadOS (if removed, it can eventually be downloaded again and for free from the relevant section of the App Store) which allows you to perform scripts to perform various operations, without the need to install additional apps.

To use it to download music from YouTube, you need to install a specific script on your device. I personally recommend you YouTube Video & Audio, which you can get by going to this web page with Safari directly from your device and then tapping on the buttons Get quick commands e Add untrusted shortcut.

If, while carrying out the operations described above, a warning appears indicating that the command you want to get cannot be opened because the Commands app security settings do not allow it, to fix it, do this: touch the icon Settings (Quella with the ruota d'ingranaggio) on the home screen, select the item Quick Commands and move up ON l'interruttore situato in corrispondenza della dicitura Untrusted commands. Next, tap the button Allow and insertion il unlock code device.

At this point, open the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad, search for the movie from which you want to extract the audio, start playback and tap on the arrow located at the top right, in order to open the sharing menu. Then, tap on the item Other and select the wording YouTube Video & Audio.

Then wait for the Commands application to open, wait for the script to run, select the option Save as MP3 or that one Save as M4a from the menu that is shown to you, type the name you want to assign to the audio file in the appropriate field and tap on the wording end.

Finally, click onshare icon (Quella with the rectangle and the arrow) located in the lower left part of the screen with the player that is proposed to you and indicates the position or app on your device in which to save the song obtained.

Caution: illegally downloading copyrighted music from the Internet is tantamount to committing a crime. This guide was made for illustrative purposes only. It is absolutely not my intention to encourage piracy and I do not take any responsibility for the use you will make of the information contained therein.


Salvatore Aranzulla

Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. Known for discovering vulnerabilities on Google and Microsoft sites. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of, one of the thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he easily answers thousands of computer-related doubts. He has published for Mondadori and Mondadori Informatica.