How to Convert a YouTube Video to MP3 Using Free Software

If you've come across videos on YouTube that you wished you could save the audio from, then this short tutorial will show you how. By using free audio extraction software, you can create MP3s from YouTube videos that you can then transfer to CD, DVD, MP3 player, etc. As long as you don't infringe on copyrighted material, there's a great selection of audio extraction tools that you can use to generate digital audio files from video.

In this tutorial, we're going to use Free YouTube to Audio Converter from DVDVideoSoft (Windows XP/Vista/7) to show you how easy it is to make your own MP3s from video clips.

Time Required: Setup – 2 minutes / Audio extraction time – dependant on file size and CPU speed.

Here's How:

  1. Adding YouTube URLs: To add a YouTube video address in order to extract the audio, you can either copy it from your browser's address bar, or via the Share This Video icon on the Web page. The URL will look something like

    To copy a Web address (URL), right-click the link and select Copy from the pop-up menu (Windows). Now switch to Free YouTube to Audio Converter and click the Paste button.

  2. Choosing an Encoding Preset: Before you extract the audio, you can choose an encoding preset depending an your requirements. For the best sound to file size ratio just keep with the default setting (standard quality). If you need to choose a different option, click the drop-down arrow and choose one from the list.

  1. Setting The Output Folder: If you want to change where your MP3 files will be saved, click on the Browse... button and navigate to your desired drive or directory. Click OK to set.

  2. Converting a YouTube Video: To start the process of downloading and converting your selected YouTube videos, click on the Download button.

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