With the popularization of YouTube and after becoming the largest streaming video platform, a need arose among users for a long time: to be able to download videos to save them locally or directly just the audio track in order to have songs, radio programs, etc.
There are many tools to convert YouTube videos to MP3 and although the best known are for the PC, there are also equally simple options for Android. We just need the right tool, understand how it works and, in a few minutes, we will be saving any YouTube video in music format.
Several easy options to download music
Several years ago there were a lot of tools and applications to download YouTube videos or convert them into MP3 files. Some were even published on Google Play and in the store that was previously known as Android Market. Over time, however, many of them have been disappearing or becoming obsolete.
After trying several proposals, one of the ones that convinced us the most was Peggo (many will remember it), but unfortunately, it stopped working last year. Nevertheless, currently there are still different alternatives to convert YouTube videos into MP3 music files. If we are interested in having a website and not an app to do this task, we have two very easy to use and useful options:
Both work identically, with a very simple process consisting of three steps:
- We open a video on YouTube and click the ‘Share’ button.
- We give the option that says ‘Copy to clipboard’.
- We go to the YouTube3MP3 or FLVTO website, paste the link in the bar and click Download.
Keep in mind, however, that it is possible that your Internet service provider (the operator, let’s go) have blocked any of those web pages. In our case, we have verified that Movistar (and consequently, O2) does not allow us to access FLVTO.
Another popular and interesting option is Snaptube, which allows us to download any video from the main social networks. It not only works with YouTube, but also with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, VEVO … Although it is an application aimed at downloading videos, we can download all the content as an MP3 file as well.
Snaptube not only works with YouTube, but also with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, VEVO …
Once you have downloaded and installed the APK of the app, you will verify that one of the most practical features of Snaptube is that it includes a search engine, so we can use it directly to find the content and save ourselves from copying the link.
Snaptube is possibly the most complete option because it not only allows choose if you want to download it in MP3 or MP4, it also gives us the option to select the quality. Another very similar alternative? TubeMate, which is also not available on Google Play, but we can download the APK.
Why aren’t there any apps to do this on Google Play?
If you have been reading carefully to the end you will have realized that of all the options we have mentioned, none are on Google Play. Some of them are only available as web pages and others have their own pages from where we download the APK manually to later install it on our own.
This is not by chance: Google doesn’t like the idea of us downloading music from YouTube due to the large amount of copyrighted content that exists on this platform. That is why a few years ago they decided to withdraw the main apps that were available for this purpose.
If you search a little in the Google store you will see that there are applications that convert videos into MP3 but none of them serve to transform YouTube linksThey are only valid for our own content that we have previously stored in the memory of our Android.