To free extract audio from YouTube on Mac, you could rely on YouTube-dl, 4K Video Downloader or add-on easy youtube downloader express in the past days. However, they won't smoothly work for you any more. Since YouTube throttles your bandwidth, YouTube-dl, 4K video downloader and easy youtube downloader express would become badly slow in ytb video downloading and audio ripping procedure. And this problem is still unsolved.
If you want faster speed, try MacX Video Converter Pro - free downloading and ripping audio from YouTube without bandwidth throttling issue.
Free Download Best YouTube Audio Extractor for Mac
MacX Video Converter Pro, an all-in-one YouTube audio downloader and converter, is able to directly download YouTube audio with original quality for offline playback on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, iTunes, PS5/4, Xbox, etc. You are also allowed to rip audio from YouTube (in MP3, WAV, M4A, FLAC, OGG, AC3, AAC, iPhone ringtone, WMA...) at 320kbps or 160kbps high quality. It also works for downloading and saving video, audio from Vevo, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Facebook, Instagram, Metacafe, grooveshark, musicvault, musicplayon, soundcloud, soundgasm, etc. 1000+ sites, NO bandwidth throttling issue!
Part 1. How to Directly Download Audio from YouTube with Best Sound Quality
This method is quite easy and fast without having to download extra apps. The top-rated YouTube audio extractor has no tricks inside and no ads. Use steps below to directly download YouTube audio MP3, WAV, FLAC, M4A, YouTube 8D music with up to 320kbps high quality. No conversion is needed.
Step 1: Copy YouTube URL
Get and run MacX on your Mac (macOS Monterey, Big Sur also supported). Click the Downloader button to open the downloader interface. Go to the YouTube video you'd like to rip the audio from. Copy the URL, and click the blue Paste & Analyze button to analyze the video info.
Step 2: Select the YouTube audio format
A window will show up with all the available video and audio format and file size displayed after the analysis completes. Select the sound format you want, like YouTube MP3 320kbps/160kbps, YouTube WAV, YouTube M4A, YouTube FLAC, YouTube OGG, etc. then click the Done button to save the settings. Wait for the downloading.
Step 3: Rip YouTube audio
Click the Download now button to save the YouTube audio file to your destination folder on Mac.
Part 2. How to Download YouTube Audio on Mac with VLC Player
Free media player VLC can also work as a solid YouTube audio ripper for macOS. The major downside is that the procedure is comparatively complicated. If you don't mind that, continue reading:
Step 1: Open Network
Launch your VLC player on MacBook or iMac > tap "Open Network" under File from the top menu.
Step 2: Paste the Link
Copy and paste the YouTube URL to VLC analysis box (shown as picture) > hit "Open" button and VLC will begin to analyze the YouTube video info.
Note: for some countries and areas, YouTube video couldn't be analyzed unless you get VPN service activated on your Mac. Try to enable your VPN if your country or area doesn't natively support YouTube service.
Step 3: Choose Media Information
When the analysis is accomplished, VLC will auto play the video footage. Move your mouse to the top menu bar and find "Windows" > select "Media information..." on the drop-down list.
Step 4: Copy the Full URL
Opt for the full URL from "Location" and copy it. Though some versions of YouTube won't let you see the complete URL, it doesn't affect anything. Just copy the full ytb URL.
Step 5: Save Video
Open the copied location YouTube URL in your Safari browser > Right-click the YouTube video > tap "Save Video As" > choose a file folder destination.
Step 6: Convert YouTube to Audio
Now it's time for VLC YouTube video converting feature. Go back to VLC > tap "Convert/Stream" under "Media" at the top bar > drag & drop the downloaded YouTube video to VLC or load it via "Open Media" button.
Step 7: Select Output format Audio – MP3
Choose output format as audio like MP3 under "Choose Profile" zone > name your resulting MP3 file > VLC begins to extract audio sound from YouTube video on MacBook Pro/Air or iMac.
Part 3. How to Rip Audio from YouTube Video on Mac at 160/320Kbps
Step 1: Import YouTube Video
Click the Video button on the main interface and the video window appears. Click + Video and select the YouTube video you want to extract audio from to load.
If you haven't yet downloaded the YouTube video, no biggie, you can also use this versatile program to download the video from YouTube. Just copy and paste the YouTube video URL to the address bar it pops up and then click "Download Now" to begin YouTube video downloading job.
Step 2: Choose the Output Audio Format
Click Music tab at the bottom of the Video window to get a list of audio formats. Select the audio format you need from the ready-to-use profile. You can choose to convert YouTube to MP3, WAV, M4A, FLAC, OGG, AAC, iPhone Ringtone, etc. audio formats with 112kbps, 128kbps, 160kbps or even 320kbps (grounded on the original YouTube video quality, too).
Tips: Click the codec Option button to get audio parameters settings options. You can drag the quality slider bar to adjust the sound quality. Under Audio Codec Options section, you are allowed to change audio channel, sample rate, and bit rate. Click the Done button to apply the change.
Step 3: Capture audio from YouTube video
Click "Browse" button to choose an output folder for storing your audio file. Press the "RUN" button and begin to convert the YouTube video to audio file.
Note: MacX Video Converter Pro also covers the features of converting any video among SD and HD, such as AVCHD to MP4, MTS to MOV, VOB to MP4, MKV to MP4, etc. for playback on any latest smart phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Samsung, Surface Pro, Amazon Fire Phone, to name a few.
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.
Some posts online also suggest you to record YouTube audio on Mac using QuickTime. To be honest, you don't have to. Generally, the non-downloadable YouTube audio is copyright protected or just for private. So please don't do anything to infringe online media copyright. Plus, on account of the copyright protection, QuickTime player actually is powerless to capture audio from YouTube video. Therefore, think twice before you wanna try QT for YTB audio recording.
Part 4. FAQs about YouTube Music Audio
1. Is it legal to download YouTube music or audio directly?
Technically, it is not illegal to download content or convert a Youtube video to MP3. But it is illegal to download a copyrighted music video or rip MP3 stream from a copyrighted song, and it is always against YouTube's terms of service.
Moreover, using a file-sharing network like BitTorrent to freely download copyrighted music is illegal — unless the copyright owner (the artist, the music label, or someone else) authorizes the free use of the music. Yet, generally, it won't happen.
2. How can I legally download YouTube music?
Get YouTube Music Premium, with official albums, playlists, singles and more, ad-free and playable offline with screen locked. 1 month free trial and then $9.99 per month.
3. Can I download YouTube videos with 5.1 Dolby Surround sound?
YouTube TV had announced that it brought Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound to its platform. Please note that it's YouTube TV, the online video streaming service, not YouTube. And YouTube videos don't get improved to support Dolby 5.1 surround sound, so currently you're unable to download YouTube videos with that type of audio.
And frankly speaking, majority of YouTubers don't get the hang of technical skills to convert stereo audio to the Dolby 5.1 surround sound system. That's kind of rocket science stuff.
4. How to download 8D audio songs from YouTube?
Firstly, you might wanna know what 8D music is if you heard of this term first time. Actually, the term 8D doesn't really refer to 8 dimensions because there's no eight dimensions in audio production. It's simply editing stereo tracks that have an automated panning effect alternating from left to right in a final mix of a music song, fully immersing you in the experience.
Next, move to the next phase - download 8D music audio from YouTube if you're interested. Similar to the ordinary audio downloads, apply MacX Video Converter Pro, 4K Video Downloader, savefrom, snappea, keepvid to get them downloaded with simply 3 or 4 mouse clicks. One thing to note is that YouTube 8D copyright protected audio is NOT advised to download. Check its copyright property before you go.
5. How can I download audio from YouTube to my computer without software?
Easy peasy. Access to YouTube to find your desired content > copy the URL and paste it to the search box on http://www.vidtomp3.com > hit Download and patiently wait for the conversion > tap Download MP3 after you're redirected to a new download page. Then, check your output MP3 file when it's completed.