Is YouTube MP3 Extension the Best Way to Download YouTube to MP3?

By Bertha Miller to YouTube Download, YouTube to MP3 | Last Updated on Dec 5, 2018

Laziness is part of our human nature, admit it or not. We constantly create cool new tools with a wish to do things much faster and easier. Browser extension is such a tool, born for convenience. That's why you google "YouTube MP3 extension" for downloading YouTube to MP3 instead of others. However, the service quality of such the extension is uneven, some more convenient, some a little more complicated. Of course, what your truly desire is a one click YouTube MP3 Chrome extension, which can deliver the most convenient performance to easily download YouTube to MP3 audio without futher ado, right?

If so, you might ask is there a YouTube MP3 extension able to rip MP3 from YouTube video as simple as one click? Sorry to tell you that currently there is NO such an extension available for you to download YouTube to MP3 at purely 1 click since I have already tried multiple so-called 1-click YouTube to MP3 extensions, but to no avail. Just as a senior user MangoScango answers on Reddit, 'It'll never be as easy as just downloading the video. You have to have something convert the video to mp3, that's going to be either some program or some website, which will always be a little messy.“.

Fortunately, every cloud has a silver lining. Though so far the possibility of 1-click to extract MP3 from YouTube is bleak, there's no problem for you to conveniently and fast download YouTube to MP3 with 3 or 4 clicks. Eager to know? Read on please.

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The current most convenient way to download YouTube to MP3 is to use the professional software like MacX Video Converter Pro, which only requires you to click 3 times and the rest is all under its control, nary an error during YouTube to MP3 downloading process. Certainly, this doesn't mean there is no useful YouTube MP3 Chrome extension for you to use (That will be introduced in Part 2). Just comparatively speaking, using professional YouTube MP3 downloader is much much better than YouTube MP3 extension. Why say so? Reasons are below:

1. YouTube copyright protection. YouTube allows you to free watch music video online. Yet, YouTube doesn't advocate any user to free rip MP3 music from YouTube video, for it may consider saving audio from their site as a violation of their TOS. Plus, the record company or YouTube music partners would place pressure on YouTube to protect their copyright.

2. Extension itself problem. Most MP3 extensions, if not all, are made by regular people and submitted to Chrome store or other download sites. Generally, Google doesn't endorse such extensions. Though you can successfully drag and drop some YouTube MP3 extensions to Chrome extensions, you will receive a notice from Chrome to be careful about the potential risks and can't smoothly use it like Dirpy MP3 YT made by a reddit user called popcorncolonel no responding on YouTube video page.

Given the above, that's why the professional YouTube to MP3 downloader software is regarded as the best way to download and convert YouTube to MP3 so far. Therefore, let's begin with best YouTube downloader converter to extract MP3 from YouTube in 3 clicks.

Part 1 - 3 Clicks to Download YouTube to MP3

To make YouTube video convert to MP3 in 3 clicks, you need to free download MacX Video Converter Pro on your macOS or Windows PC first. Then you can use this YouTube to MP3 converter to free download YouTube and convert to MP3 audio at 256kbps, 224kbps, 192kbps, 128kbps, 112 kbps, 64kbps, etc. high quality on your computer. This all-round video downloader also enables you to free download YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Instagram, Dailymotion, Myspace, etc. (1000+ sites) videos music to iTunes, Zune, ZEN, iPhone X/8/7/6s/6, iPads, Android, Huawei, Xiaomi, Blackberry, Nokia, etc. 420+ mobile devices.

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1st Click: Copy and paste YouTube URL to this YouTube to MP3 downloader analyze box after you launch it and then click "analyze".

2nd Click: Choose the video resolution, size, codec and format. Followed by a click to "Auto add to convert list".

3rd Click: Hit "Download Now" button and then choose output format as "MP3" under "to Music" category on the auto pop-up window after the YouTube video downloading is finished. A few seconds later, then you will get your YouTube MP3 file on your PC.

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Note: if MP3 audio quality matters a lot to you, you're suggested to spend 30 seconds here to know how to convert YouTube to MP3 with high quality.

Generally, YouTube has strict limits on YouTube MP3 audio quality, which accepts users to upload video to YouTube with MP3 Bitrate lower than 192kbps. Providing you upload a video to YouTube with audio bitrate at 320kbps, YouTube will automatically downconvert it to 192kbps. Plus, we human being hearing ability is very limited. Thus, there is almost no difference for our hearing between MP3 192kbps and MP3 320kbps.

In consequence, when it comes to improve the MP3 quality from YouTube, you're suggested to keep it as default or adjust MP3 audio bitrate to 192kbps or 256kbps. (BTW, higher bitrate means larger size).

Part 2 - 4 Clicks to Extract MP3 from YouTube

This part recommends one useful YouTube MP3 extension for Google Chrome, as well as Firefox, Opera, Yandex to successfully download YouTube video at one click. That is YouTube Video and MP3 Downloader. However, to convert the downloaded YouTube video to MP3 audio, you need one more tool VLC media player to reach your goal. Though it seems a little bit complicated, it's damn easy indeed with 100% success rate. I have already used it to download Taylor Swift Ready for it music video from YouTube and apply VLC player to successfully convert TS music video to MP3 audio. No worry about its ability and stability.

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Preparatory work: How to add this extension to Chrome brower?

Step 1: Open the site http://addoncrop.com/youtube-to-mp3-converter-direct/ and scroll down the page to YouTube Video Downloader and click it. Then you'll be redirected to the YouTube video downloader site, where click "Download for Chrome".

Step 2: Copy folder to desktop and unzip folder after YouTube video downloader zip is successfully downloaded. (Firefox, Yandex and Opera version are also included)

Step 3: Install extension to your Chrome browser. Click More Tools > Extension on your Google Chrome browser and drag-drop YouTube Video Downloader folder to Chrome Extension. Until then, the extension installation is done. You can download and convert YouTube video to MP3 via extension now.

download YouTube to MP3 with extension

1st Click: Visit YouTube and open the video you wanna download. Choose the video format and resolution you wanna download. Usually, MP4 720p, MP4 360 and WebM 360 are highly recommended by this extension.

Though there is MP3 128kbps option for you, it doesn't work. The most possible reason is YouTube copyright protection rules and terms. Based on my actual operation, only audio AAC 128kbps can be downloaded at one click. The audio OGG and OPUS options are downloaded in .webm video format.

2nd Click: Run your VLC media player. Download and install VLC player if you don't have it before. Choose "Convert/Save" from "Media" at the top main menu.

3rd Click: Add your downloaded YouTube video or AAC audio file to VLC player. Select "Audio - MP3" as output format. Afterwards, hit "Browse" to choose the destination folder to save output YouTube MP3 audio file.

4th Click: Tap "Start" button and VLC media player will begin to free decode YouTube video and rip MP3 audio from YouTube at full speed.

There are some other MP3 extensions recommended by Reddit users, but they turn to be useless to download YouTube video to MP3. Here lists them out and you don't have to try them one by one, cuz they give me nothing but failure when I used them to download and convert YouTube to MP3. The unserviceable YouTube MP3 extensions include YouTube to MP3 Button (no responding on YouTube page), listentoyoutube (MP3 conversion is seemingly endless), Dirpy+MP3+YT (user self-made extension, rejected by Google Chrome) and quick-markup ( error display when clicking the link).

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