Monday, June 6, 2011

It Slices, it Dices and it Converts YouTube Videos to MP3 Files

Software Toolbox:

Updated July 22, 2012: Unfortunately, the YouTube to MP3 Converter software I recommended below is no longer available.  The updated version of this software comes with a ton of annoying bloatware so I can't recommend it any longer.


This speaks to one of the big problems with this blog, which is that I tend to link directly to interesting content on other websites.  When those other sites move or remove their content, it makes me look like I don't know what I'm doing.  The solution is to keep checking cleansheetsanddirtygirls.blogspot.com regularly and ponce on new content the moment it comes up.

Does it upset you that an obscure remix of a song that you enjoy is only available on YouTube?  Do you wish you could listen to that song on an iPod that doesn't have a WiFi connection?  Are you mad as hell when you try to listen to a song using YouTube on your expensive iPad only to have Apple step in and tell you that "The author of this video does not allow playback on iPad."  Enough of this bullshit.

If you're a Windows 7/ Vista or XP user, head on over to Download.com and get yourself the Free YouTube to MP3 Converter.

Can we get the icon in cornflower blue?

It slices, it dices and, more importantly, when you paste the URL of a YouTube video into this program and hit a button, it spits out the audio portion of the video as an mp3 or wav file into a folder or your choosing.  I've used this freeware on a few videos and it works like a champ.

I think only sock puppets could dumb this concept down more.

Even if you're not into converting music from YouTube to an mp3 player, it's always good to have functional software in your digital toolbox.  You never know when a friend's embarrassing YouTube video will need to become your new ringtone.  Or, when you come across Christopher Walken reading "The Raven" and want to listen to it again and again while driving to and from work (you weirdo).

TL;DR: Click the "Free YouTube to MP3 Converter" link above to download a program that will convert the audio of YouTube videos to mp3 files, if you're into that sort of thing.

40 comments:

  1. Thanks for the information. Im going to download this as soon as.

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  2. Holy cow usefull! Thanks mate

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  3. I used to use one of these. I got tired of the quality :/

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  4. there are a lot of tools like that out there

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  5. This will be good for the rare stuff that's only on youtube thanks :D

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  6. You are amazing!
    I was looking for this just the other day!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. +1! Not quite sure what it does, but I hope it helps!

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  8. cool thanks. this is useful sometimes

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  9. already got it but thanks anyway

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  10. good stuff, i try to avoid doing this cuz the quality loss but still a great program to have!

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  11. THANK YOU! Youtube downloader wasnt working for me =[ The download was messed up and couldnt function this is awesome.

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  12. And this is why I have been using Linux, so I could just download that way. This makes it more convenient, though.

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  13. I've used something like this, very convenient.

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  14. Oh dear, not cornflower blue.

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  15. holy feces, thanks for sharing! I shall put this to good use.

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  16. Pretty useful for snagging some tunes these days :D

    +follow
    benf199105.blogspot.com

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  17. that's not that hard to make. many of these out there

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  18. interesting idea. never tried it

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  19. Nice info, but why not just download it from torrents :D

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  20. Been using this for a while, i love it xD

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  21. Always looking for stuff like this thanks mate!

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  22. This is a cool tool...and great use of the word sockpuppet.

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  23. thats cool, gotta make sure its good quality though

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  24. There are websites that do this.
    Just use the googles to find them.

    Also, beware of bad quality audio on the 'toobs.

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