How To Convert Youtube to an MP3 File

Converting YouTube videos into an MP3 file is a great way to download audio and music tracks onto your computer for free. YouTube has millions of music videos. Some of these are unique and it's not always possible to download the MP3 itself. Learning how to download a youtube video and convert it into an MP3 file is actually very easy.

Once the file is downloaded it can then be used on your MP3 player or converted and burned onto a CD. Just remember that the audio quality will not be as high as a CD that you would buy in a store or an MP3 downloaded from the Internet.

Step 1: Installing FireFox Add on

The easiest way to download the video to your computer will be using the FireFox add on. This can be downloaded at the official add on site for firefox. Download it and install it by following all of the instructions. After installing the add on you will probably need to restart Firefox for the changes to take effect.

There are also other ways to download the video onto your PC. Some of the other techniques include using websites or download managers which support downloading from video sharing sites.

Step 2: Downloading the Video

Find the video that you want on the computer and download it by right clicking on it. Select the option to download the video using the addon. Once the video is downloaded to your computer you will then be able to play it back or put it on a portable video player. However you won't be able to put it on an MP3 player because it is a video rather than just music.

Step 3: Converting the Video

Once the video has been downloaded you will need to convert it to extract the music from the video. This is very easy with lots of different pieces of software. Spend some time searching for the different types of software which can make this possible. Simply launch the converter tool and load in your video. The tools normally have a simple interface which is very easy to use. If the application supports it then tick the normalise audio box. This will ensure that the audio isn't too loud.

The exact same principle can be applied to any video sharing website. Whether the video is on Google Video or Tudou you should be able to download it to your computer fairly easily.

Step 4: Saving the MP3

When the video has finished being converted into an MP3 file you will then need to save it onto your computer. Choose a memorable name for this so that you will be able to find it easily again in the future.

Step 5: Further Steps

The MP3 file can then be played on virtually any comptuer which has a music player. The file can also be loaded onto MP3 players easily and enjoyed on the move. If required it's possible to edit the MP3 file and cut out any unneccesary parts of the audio track. This should make it really easy to make a high quality MP3 file from a YouTube video.

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