There are many reasons why you might want to convert a YouTube video to MP3, the most likely of which is that a great number of music videos are posted on YouTube and you want a way to listen to them offline on your phone or tablet without having to purchase those tracks. 

We've written before about whether it is illegal or morally incorrect to download YouTube video, though it's definitely in violation of YouTube's terms and conditions. We advocate nothing: whether you choose to continue in your quest to convert YouTube video to MP3 having read this article is entirely for you to decide.

We also show you how to download YouTube video to your PC, laptop, iPad, iPhone or Android but, again, the onus is on you to decide whether you should do so.

Note that in the following tutorial we will be converting to MP3 only the videos uploaded to our own YouTube channel.

How to download music from YouTube

The simplest way to convert YouTube video to MP3 is to use a free online converter. One such service is convert2mp3

With convert2mp3, you should first find the video you want to convert on YouTube, then right-click on the video and choose 'Copy video URL'. 

Alternatively, you can just copy the URL directly from the URL bar - it will work as well either way.

Go to convert2mp3

Now head to convert2mp3 in your browser. Paste the video URL into the text box using Ctrl + V. Click 'convert'.

Alternatively you can use the search bar to search for a specific video from within convert2mp3, without going to YouTube first.

Add in your tags

On the next page you'll get to set your tags for the song.

The immediate options are for the artist and track names, but if you expand the 'advanced tags' you can also set an album name and use the video thumbnail as a cover image.

You'll also get the chance to listen to the MP3 and check it's worked correctly.

Once you're done, click 'Continue'.

Download your MP3

On the next page a button will appear allowing you to download your MP3 file. Click this.

The MP3 file will be downloaded to your computer. Look for it in the Downloads folder, or wherever on your machine you have specified downloads should go.

You can also share the link to the converted file, save it to a DropBox account, or easily click to start a new conversion.