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How to Convert YouTube (60fps) to MP3 on Mac OS X

YouTube offers a great many excellent videos, which allows you to convert to MP3 to add to your iTunes Library or set as iPhone ringtone. But how could you do that? Follow this article to find the best way to convert YouTube HD/UHD videos to MP3 on macOS.

By Candice Liu to YouTube, MP3, Video Formats|Last updated on Dec 21, 2018

The reason why you need to download and convert music from YouTube to MP3 on Mac is that YouTube provides you with countless music video resources formatted in FLV, MP4, WebM or 3GP, like Taylor Swift's hot albums, Olympics theme songs, Disney/Hollywood movies soundtracks, etc, which, however as you can see, is video format instead of audio format.

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So when it comes to MP3 audio format, YouTube seems to be nonchalant as it's not designed to host files that are exclusively audio (.MP3, .WAV, .AAC, etc.). That's why you cannot directly download audios from YouTube but have to convert YouTube to MP3 on your Mac.

Part 1: A Solid YouTube to MP3 Converter to Turn YouTube into MP3

When you get the YouTube video file downloaded and need to transfer YouTube videos to MP3, leave the computer expert aside, as a professional yet easy-to-use YouTube to MP3 converter for Mac could handle the YouTube to MP3 conversion task. MacX Video Converter Free Edition is an impressive software, especially designed for Mac to free convert any YouTube to MP3 on Mac, irrespective of converting YouTube MP4 to MP3 music, YouTube FLV to MP3, or transfer YouTube 720p/1080P/4K UHD to MP3; it's just a piece of cake to handle YouTube to MP3 conversion on Mac.

Plus, the beauty of this free YouTube MP3 converter for Mac software lies in its fast converting speed and excellent audio quality after the free music download for mac from YouTube. Users do not need to spend much time before the whole YouTube to MP3 conversion is done and the batch files processing model is also supported to offer unprecedented multi-file conversion speed.

How to Free Convert YouTube to MP3 for Playback on iPhone iPad iPod?

Step 1 Import the YouTube video or audio files
Download the free YouTube to MP3 converter on Mac, launch it and import source video by clicking "Add File" button. It accepts all the video/audio files downloaded from YouTube, including FLV, MP4, WebM and 3GP.

Step 2 Choose the output format
"to Music" tab and choose MP3 as the output format if you need to convert YouTube video to MP3 format on Mac. There are altogether 14 output audio formats listed from the drop-up window. So besides converting YouTube to MP3 on Mac, you can feel free to rip audio from YouTube to FLAC that can provides music enthusiasts with lossless audio qualty, WAV with smaller file size, as well as other formats like AAC, AC3, FLAC, ALAC, WMA, OGG, iPhone ringtone format, etc.

How to Convert YouTube to MP3 for Mac Free

Step 3 Select the output folder
Click "Browse" button in output setting area and select a destination folder to save the converted MP3 file.

Step 4 Start to convert YouTube to MP3 on Mac
"RUN" button to start the YouTube to MP3 Mac conversion with this top video converter for Mac. You can view the conversion progress and are able to cancel the converting process at anytime.

Part 2: Download YouTube Videos to MP3 on Mac and Windows (10)

For those who need to download YouTube video to MP3 on Mac or PC, the advanced version MacX Video Converter Pro would give a hand. It is a two-in-one YouTube to MP3 downloader and converter that supports to download YouTube, even YouTube 60 fps within a few seconds. Besides online YouTube video downloading, the Mac YouTube to MP3 converter is capable of converting almost any video of MOV, MKV, WMV from YouTube to MP4 Mac, MP3 for playback on MP3-compatible devices like PC/Mac, iPod, PSP, iPhone, iPad Pro, Galaxy, HTC, Sony, Xbox, etc. Users are also able to create VOB files from the video files for burning them to a DVD for a life-time backup.

Additionally, you can even apply this YouTube to MP3 converter to free download videos music from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Myspace, Metacafe, etc. 1000+ video movie music sites. And the Intel QSV hardware acceleration tech ensures you the World's fastest speed (5X faster than any other downloaders & converters) and no quality loss.

Part 3: Other Top 3 YouTube to MP3 Converter Software for Mac

Except for the two YouTube to MP3 converter for Mac mentioned above, there are a great many of other desktop YouTube MP3 downloader working under Mac/PC as below:

1. Freemake YouTube converter: Freemake is as easy as MacX video converter regarding to YouTube to MP3 conversion. But Freemake's installer is bundled with unwanted toolbar and SweetPacks malware, which really distracts users. And there is no Mac version available for YouTube to MP3 converting. So you'll need a Freemake Mac alternative to handle the task.

2. Free Studio - Similar to Freemake and MacX Video Converter Pro, Free studio is a freeware set of multimedia programs developed by DVDVideoSoft. It fulfills the need of YouTube to MP3 conversion with ease. However, sometimes you may turn to Free Studio assistant to convert YouTube to MP3 on Mac as this software is criticized for toolbar and web search engine installation.

3. YouTube Downloader - This program is famous for downloading and converting videos from online sites, covering Facebook, YouTube, and more. It outputs the YouTube videos in MP3, MP4, FLV, MOV, AVI, etc., solving YouTube to MP3 not working problem effortlessly. The shorthand is that it forces you to get its paid version and you cannot get rid of them at all.

Part 4: Other Feasible Tips to Download YouTube to MP3 on Mac

Online YouTube to MP3 Converter: There are an overwhelming number of free online YouTube to MP3 converters that has the knack for downloading YouTube video to MP3 off the bat. You can just visit ClipConverter, YouTube MP3, ListenToYouTube, etc, take this list with a grain of salt, to rip MP3 audio files from YouTube on your Mac/PC by pasting the YouTube URL onto these sites. But please bear in mind that many online YouTube to MP3 converters are criticized for file size and amount limitation, download speed restriction, distorted output videos, and the like. If you care about these, please turn to the desktop software like MacX Video Converter Pro for a try.

Transfer MP3 Music from Mac/Windows to iPhone iPad iPod without iTunes

Listening to music on mobile devices is increasingly popular these days. And you only got MP3 music on Mac/Windows following steps above. To finally move music from Mac to iPhone for example, MacX MediaTrans is highly recommended. You can easily add music to iPhone iPad iPod, delete unwanted songs, create music playlists etc. with this iOS music mananger. Besides, it can be served as an iTunes alternative Mac to do what iTunes can or cannot do, thanks to the fairly strong functions and easy-to-use interface.

Notice: MacXDVD Software doesn't advocate any reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast or sell any content for any other purposes without prior written permission of YouTube or the respective licensors of the content. Please refer to YouTube terms of service before doing so. Still have any problem on how to convert YouTube video to MP3, just email us >>

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