How to Download Music from YouTube (for FREE)

How to Download Music from YouTube (for FREE)

how to download music from youtube

Have you always wanted to download music from YouTube but, unfortunately, you don’t know how? This article will put you through the various ways and steps to easily download music from YouTube.

The goal of this article is to show you how to save music from YouTube. You can use the youtube Video Downloader software or the VLC Media Player to download any YouTube video and then convert the audio to an MP3 file, despite the fact that most YouTube media downloaders are restricted from downloading audio due to copyright issues.

With a premium YouTube Music account, you can also download music to listen to offline. Keep in mind that it is against the law to download copyrighted files; therefore, you shouldn’t use these ways to download music that doesn’t legally belong to you. If you’re caught downloading music from a source other than YouTube’s premium service, you’ll have your account disabled.

Below are various means of downloading music from YouTube.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Downloading Music from YouTube (2 Ways)

Method 1: YouTube Music Premium to download Music from YouTube

Step 1: Ensure you’re Subscribed to YouTube Music Premium

YouTube Music Premium

As a paying user, you can use the YouTube Music application on your iPad, iPhone, or Android to download songs for offline listening. Using the YouTube application is the only way to listen to the music you’ve downloaded.

Step 2: Locate the YouTube Music Application on your Mobile device and open it

YouTube Music Application

It’s the red rectangle with a play icon in the center.

Step 3: Navigate to the music you wish to download

Navigate to the music

In the event that you’d rather download a playlist, you can do so by going to the application’s Library section (located in the lower-right corner) and selecting the playlist you’d wish to save.

Step 4: Click on the 3 vertical dots menu (if you wish to download the playlist or click on the download arrow (if you wish to download the song)

Click on the 3 vertical dots

Your choice to tap the arrow will cause the track to begin downloading to your mobile device, so you can listen to it while you’re not connected to the internet. Step onto the following section if you’re ready to start downloading a playlist.

Step 5: Click on ‘Download’ if you wish to download the playlist


The playlist’s contents can now be listened to offline.

Method 2: 4k Video Downloader download Music from YouTube

Step 1: The 4K Video Downloader setups file should be downloaded and installed

4K Video Downloader

Enter this link into the web browser of your pc. Next, choose ‘Get 4K Video Downloader’ from the menu on the left. After you have the setup file downloaded, based on the OS of your pc, you will need to perform the following:

  • For Windows Device: To begin the installation process, double-click the setup file.
  • For Mac Device: To install 4K Video Downloader, double-click the setup file, validate the installation when prompted to do so, and then drag the software icon to your device’s “Applications” folder.

Step 2: Navigate to the video

First, launch the official YouTube website in your computer’s web browser, and then either search for or locate the video you would like to download music from.

Step 3: The video’s address should be copied

video’s address

The video’s URL can be copied by selecting it in the browser’s address bar, after which pressing Ctrl + C (Windows) or Command + C (Mac).

Step 4: Ensure the 4K Video Downloader is opened

If 4K Video Downloader launches upon clicking the above link, you can skip this. If you don’t know where to find a 4K video downloader, try searching for it in the Windows Start menu or Mac’s Spotlight search. To use 4K Video Downloader, either click or double-click its search result. The 4K Video Downloader mini window should appear.

Step 5: Tap on ‘Paste Link’

Paste Link

Positioned at the upper left corner of the screen.

Step 6: Be patient for the video parsing to complete

You’re ready to go after the 4K Video Downloader window displays the available quality settings.

Step 7: Select Extract Audio after clicking on the “Download Video” menu

It’s the list of options that appears in the window’s upper left corner.

Step 8: Optional: you can decide to make a change to the audio file type

The most often used audio file format is MP3, but you may wish to switch to another format by clicking the Format drop-down box in the window’s upper right corner.

Step 9: Optional: Choose the quality of your choice

Choose the quality of your choice

While the best quality is chosen automatically, you can pick a different quality and bitrate for the audio file by selecting the box next to the desired choice in the window. To reduce the file size, choose a lower bitrate.

Step 10: To select a location to save the file, tap on ‘Browse’

After choosing where on your device to save the new audio file, tap “Choose” or “Save.”

Step 11: Tap on the ‘Extract’ tab

Locate it towards the window’s foot. Initiating the music removal procedure from the video. When done, the file will be stored at the location you choose. To listen to the file, just double-click it when it has been downloaded.


Q. Is there a way to check whether a YouTube downloader is safe or if it contains malware?

There is absolutely no way to do this, but asking a friend or family member who has one is your best bet. You can then check to see if anybody else has had a similar experience.

Q. Is it illegal to download music from YouTube?

Downloading music from YouTube is totally legal, and you won’t get in trouble doing so. However, you have to be careful not to download copyrighted music.

Q. Can I download music from YouTube to my smartphone?

Yes, it is possible to have YouTube music downloaded to your mobile device.

You may be like,


And there you have it! Downloading music from YouTube is quite easy and straightforward if done correctly.

While it may be a thrilling adventure, you have to be careful not to download music that is copyrighted, as it could land you in trouble.

You need to get the owner’s permission before doing so. Once all these are in place, then you are good to go.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.