YouTube is an excellent resource for free music. But, having our favorite songs as Mp3 files is much more convenient. These are the three best websites for downloading music videos from YouTube to Mp3. With 320Kbps quality, of course.
ClipConverter.gr: a better alternative to ClipConverter.cc
ClipConverter.gr has nothing to do with the known ClipConverter.cc website. Somebody registered the .gr domain and set up a separate YouTube to Mp3 service. Just like that.
Most of the time those "copied" websites are of lower quality, or even straight up scams. However, ClipConverter.gr manages to beat ClipConverter.cc at their own game, which is impressive.
The first thing we should do when visiting ClipConverter.gr is change the language. The website doesn't seem to have geolocation, but it supports more than a dozen different languages.
After that, we just paste the YouTube URL, choose our desired quality and click "Convert It!".
Depending on the length of the video, the conversion will take a few seconds.
Once completed, we can download the Mp3 file.
At the time of writing, the "Save to Dropbox" option didn't work.
What does work is the "Edit file further" option. And it works well.
This function allows us to crop the file, to create ringtones, remove any unwanted intro from the music video, etc.
There are whole websites devoted to editing Mp3 files, yet we never found this option in another YouTube to Mp3 service.
We can also edit the ID3 Tag information of the file.
Besides the YouTube to Mp3 download, ClipConverter.gr supports more well-known video websites...
...and video formats.
All in all, it's an exceptional video conversion service.
MP3Fiber: Simple and functional
As the name implies, MP3Fiber.com begun its life as a simple YouTube to Mp3 service. Nowadays it supports more video websites and video formats.
It's a simple, no-nonsense service. We add the URL and select the file type and quality. Then it's a matter of clicking "Download Now!", wait for a few seconds...
...and that's it. Clicking the "Download Now!" link will download the Mp3.
We might not find ID3 Tag functionality, but for most of us this isn't a deal-breaker.
ClipConverter.cc: Beware of the adware
ClipConverter.cc is the most popular service for downloading and converting YouTube videos. It's just shy of the 1000th most visited website in the world, according to Alexa.com.
It's also very popular in India, with the US being a not so close second.
High traffic seems to have some adverse effects, though. The day we were writing this post, for a couple of hours it was impossible for us to download any YouTube video.
It could be a coincidence and not a recurring theme, but the timing was not the best. The other websites were working, though, such as DailyMotion. And later the service resumed for YouTube too.
Selecting Mp3 as the conversion format will show specific options about the bitrate. ClipConverter.cc makes an automatic suggestion, based on the video's definition.
We can also choose to convert just part of the video. It isn't as good an option as ClipConverter.gr's edit function, but it's better than nothing.
If we don't agree with the auto selected bitrate, we can uncheck the auto mode and choose our own. We can also set the ID3 v2 Tags.
When ready, we click "Start!" for the conversion to begin.
Another downside for this service is that we need to wait for a conversion ticket. Depending on the time of the day, it could take a while for the conversion to begin. We guess it depends on the time in India.
After some more waiting for the conversion...
...we are ready for the download. And we should uncheck the "download with accelerator" option.
Why? If we leave it checked, instead of a Mp3 file, we will download a .exe application file, with a note icon resembling a Mp3.
Should we run this app, the text reveals that it will install a "SalePlus" crapware on our web browsers. Just by clicking "continue", we agree with the installation.
While the Mp3 download commences, the shady installer shuts down our browser windows.
Next time we open the browser, we will find two unwanted, ad-injecting and spyware plugins on Chrome.
If we are using Firefox, the homepage now features a websearch.coolsearches.info nonsense. We will also find unwanted add-ons.
All in all, the ClipConverter.cc installer messes up our browsers. Even when we remove the extensions, on the next reboot they will be back with a vengeance.
Our system has an adware infection. It needs a complete disinfection, with the use of more than one malware and adware scanners.
Mind you that Windows Defender on Win 8.1 caught nothing of the above. From Microsoft's point of view, all is well on our PC.
In any case, we can avoid all that if we just remember to uncheck this little box every time we use ClipConverter.cc.
Choose a good video to convert
The sound quality of the resulting Mp3 depends on the best quality of the video on YouTube
A 240p video, even if we choose to convert it at 320Kbps, will produce a file with an awful sound quality
So, it's best to choose videos with at least 720p resolution. If a video has a 1080p option, that's even better.
Is it legal to download songs from YouTube?
Depending on your country, downloading songs from YouTube could be illegal. The songs that are legal to download are songs belonging to the Public Domain or have a Creative Commons license. Those kinds of songs aren't protected by copyright laws.
So, if you live in a country with strict anti-piracy laws, be careful. Downloading a copyright protected song can get you in legal trouble.
Which YouTube to Mp3 service do you prefer?
Which of the above YouTube to Mp3 websites do you think it's the best? Do you thing we left out an important service? Let us know in the comments section.