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Download Music from YouTube

YouTube is a highly popular American application to share videos online and watch them. The app was launched by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim on February 14, 2005, with its headquarters in California, US. It is the second website in the world with the highest number of visitors after Google. YouTube has over one billion monthly users. As per the data of May 2019, the video uploaded on YouTube reached a rate of more than 500 hours of content per minute. The time spent by the users on YouTube every day is more than one billion hours in total. In October 2006, YouTube got sold to Google for $1.65 billion. Various services provided by this social media platform are as under:

  • YouTube Premium
  • YouTube TV
  • YouTube Movies
  • YouTube Go
  • YouTube Community
  • YouTube Music
  • YouTube Shorts
  • YouTube Stories
  • Experimental (available on TestTube)
  • YouTube Kids

Ways to Download Music via YouTube

YouTube has a huge collection of music albums. Many songs which are unavailable on every other service can often play on YouTube. One can use any of the following ways to download music from YouTube:

1. Download music via YouTube App: YouTube's official app is the best source for downloading songs for those who want to listen to them in YouTube's offline section. It is very easy to download music in video format from the YouTube app directly. For this, you have to follow the given steps:

  • Firstly, open the YouTube app and search the music video in the search box that you want to download.
  • Tap on the video to play it and then click on the download icon given below the title of the song.
  • It is not compulsory to play the video to download it. You can download the video by clicking on the three vertical dots given in front of the song's title and below the video's thumbnail. Then, select the download video option from there.
  • Once the downloading is completed, go to the LIBRARY and then tap on the DOWNLOAD section of the app to play the music video offline.

Benefits of the method:

  • You can create separate playlists for various download videos.
  • The problem of buffering gets solved.
  • The link to the video can easily be shared with anyone.
  • You are free to adjust the quality of the video that you are downloading. (Note: The size of the file also increases with high quality).
  • YouTube also gives the option of recommending downloads as per your search and watch history. This option can be enabled after going to the profile section->Settings->Downloads and, at last, the Recommend Download.

Drawbacks of the method:

  • You can't download the audio format of the file.
  • The video format takes more space than the audio file.
  • All the files do not support the feature of download offline. To get this feature, you have to purchase a YouTube Premium subscription for $11.99 per month.
  • The videos do not save to the phone's gallery.
Download Music from YouTube

2. Download music via YouTube Music App: It is a new application introduced by YouTube for its users to download music offline in audio format. The app is highly favorable if you want to enjoy your favorite songs when you don't have an internet connection. There are two ways to download music in the YouTube music app. The first one is a smart download. This feature downloads the music automatically for you. It is based on your music history. To turn on this option, you may follow the steps given under:

  • The first step is to click on your profile photo given on the top right corner of the display.
  • Then, visit the download
  • Now, click on the settings icon visible at the top of the tab.
  • Drag below and turn on the feature of Smart Download.

The second way to download songs by using the YouTube music app is by selecting the specific album, playlist, or song. For this purpose, take the following steps:

  • The first step to download the music from the YouTube music app is to install the app from Play Store.
  • Open the app and search your favorite song, album, or playlist.
  • At the top of the tab, next to the album art, a down arrow icon will be given. This icon is present near the three vertical dots just below the name of the playlist.
  • You can also download the individual songs only by tapping the three dots icon given vertically, which is located next to the title of the song.
  • At last, you can select the Download option from the appeared options.
  • You can play the songs offline by going to the Library section and select the Download option there.

Benefits of the method:

  • The app is suitable for those who don't want to download the file in video format due to the storage problem.
  • All the songs can be downloaded offline with high quality.
  • With the help of the smart download feature, you can enjoy the automatic download of your favorite songs.
  • It also supports creating various playlists of your choice.

Drawbacks of the method:

  • The application is not free. You have to subscribe for a premium by paying $9.99 per month to download your favorite music.
  • It does not provide a video format. Only the audio of the song can be downloaded.
  • Smart Download option is not suitable every time as it may download those songs also which you may not like.
  • The songs do not store in the pre-installed app for music on your phone.
Download Music from YouTube

3. Download music via YouTube Online: There are several sites available which allow you to download YouTube music videos into audio format. Here we are using YTMP3 for this purpose. You may follow the given steps to download music from YouTube online:

  • Open the YouTube official app and search for the song that you want to save offline.
  • Tap on the video to play it, and then click on the share icon is given below the title of the song.
  • Then, copy the URL of the video from the options that are appearing.
  • Go to Google and search YouTube for the audio or MP3 converter.
  • Several shifters will appear. Select YTMP3 from them.
  • Paste the copied URL in the text box of the site.
  • Then, select the MP3 or MP4 format to download the file.
  • After it, click on the Convert
  • At last, click on the Download button to get the downloaded version of your video.
  • Now, to play the song, you may go to the music library of your device.

Benefits of the method:

  • The downloaded file does not take more space in the device due to the availability of audio format only.
  • This method works on android also.
  • The songs are stored in the pre-installed music app of your phone.

Drawbacks of the method:

  • The music can only be downloaded in the audio format, no video can get.
  • The quality of the audio can be turned to poor.
  • The process of copy and paste in two different tabs is time-consuming
Download Music from YouTube

4. Download music via YouTube using a Desktop App: This method allows you to download your favorite song on your desktop. For this purpose, there are many desktop applications available which you can use to get the audio of the file. Here, we are using 4K Video Downloader, which is among the best apps. You can enjoy the app for downloading by taking the following steps:

  • The first step is to install and activate the 4K Video Downloader application on your desktop.
  • Now, copy the link of your favorite song from YouTube by playing the video and select the share option given below the title of the song. Then, tap on the copy icon.
  • After it, open the 4K Video Downloader app and click on the green Paste Link button located at the top of the screen.
  • Now, you will see a pop-up window on your screen where you can select the option of Download Video droop-down menu given below the thumbnail of the file.
  • Then, click on the Extract Audio
  • In the end, select the audio format on the right and then tap the Extract option to get the downloaded version of your favorite music audio.
  • You can play your song by going to the computer icon given on the desktop then select the music or download

Benefits of the method:

  • The method is fast and easy to use.
  • It is among the most suitable ways to download music on your desktop.
  • The file is very small in size.

Drawbacks of the method:

  • The app supports only the desktop, not the androids.
  • It does not provide the video format. Only the audio of the file can be downloaded.
Download Music from YouTube

5. Download music via YouTube on an iPhone: iPhone offers a special feature to its users to download music outside of YouTube's official app. For this purpose, we will use the Shortcuts app of Apple. Take the following steps to download the song on an iPhone:

  • First of all, download the Shortcuts App of Apple on your iPhone.
  • Then, open the Gallery tab to run any shortcut that you see. This step is needed to download and run community-made shortcuts.
  • Now, go to Settings, then Shortcuts, and then click on Allow Untrusted Shortcuts to enable the option of running the shortcuts downloaded from the internet.
  • The next step is to download JAYD from RoutineHub. It is a third-party gallery for shortcuts created by the community. Click on the Get Shortcut option for the first time on RoutineHub and for the second time on the download page of com via your iPhone.
  • After completing this process, the Shortcuts app will get open on your display, where you can go for a review of JAYD before installing it. Then scroll the screen to the bottom of the page and click on the red Add Untrusted Shortcut
  • Now, only one last step is left to complete the setup of JAYD on your iPhone. In this step, you will download and install the Scriptable app. This app allows you to run JavaScript on your iPhone. The Scriptable app is used by JAYD to save the songs in your offline library from YouTube.
  • Now, open YouTube's official app and play your favorite music video. Then, click on the Share button given below the name of the song. A few apps will appear in a single row toward the bottom of your screen. Scroll to the right side and tap on the More option to open the share sheet of the iPhone.
  • Scroll down in the appeared share sheet and click on JAYD.
  • When you will run the shortcut for the first time, it will ask you to access iCloud Drive and some websites so, you have to allow access to proceed further. You will select the Download Audio option when prompted to save your favorite song from YouTube.
  • After completing the downloading process of the song, a preview window will be displayed by JAYD, where you can listen to the song. To play the saved audio file later, you can go to the Files app on your iPhone, where you will navigate to Shortcuts and then JAYD. Your mp3 file can be seen and played there.

Benefits of the method:

  • The application can also be enjoyed by iPad users.
  • It requires just a few taps with the app to save the music outside YouTube's official app.

Drawbacks of the method:

  • In the initial process, the app takes time to set up.
  • It can be used by iPhone or iPad users only.
Download Music from YouTube

6. Download Music via YouTube using the Sideloading App: Sideloading apps are another option to download YouTube music. Here, we are taking the example of the NewPipe app. NewPipeis an open-source media player app available free of cost. It is popularly known as a YouTube client. The app is available only in the F-Droid software repository (GitHub) and can be enjoyed by android users only. NewPipe is the best substitute for the official YouTube app. You can go through the following steps to download the YouTube songs by using a Sideloading app:

  • Firstly, search NewPipe on Google Chrome.
  • Open the official site of the app, i.e., net.
  • Scroll down to select the version of the app that you want to install on your device.
  • After installing the application, it will be visible on your phone's home screen from where you can open it.
  • Then, you may go to the search icon to open the search box. Now search for the name of your favorite music video.
  • After it, tap on the video to play it.
  • Click on the download icon given below the title of the song to download the file.
  • Now, it will ask to access the photos, media, and files on your device, so click on Allow.
  • At last, it will give you the options to select the name of the file, the format (video or audio), quality, and thread.
  • Now, you can play your video by going to the main menu (the three horizontal lines on the top left side) and then click on downloads. Your video/audio will be here that you can play offline.
  • Other than this, you can also play this downloaded video/audio on your phone's gallery or pre-installed music app.

Benefits of the method:

  • The app can be used without paying anything.
  • It is a storage-friendly application and also provides many additional features other than those provided by YouTube's official app.
  • It saves the file into the gallery of your phone in various formats and resolutions.
  • You can download the file in video or audio formats.

Drawbacks of the method:

  • Sideloading apps may affect the security of your device. Hence, they are not recommended to use.
  • They can't be used by iPhone users.
  • There is no sign-in option in the application, so the user can't enjoy the feature of video recommendations.
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