There are dozens of YouTube music editing sites out there, but not everyone is trustworthy. The methods below work well, but we need to warn you before proceeding: YouTube ripping is a violation of YouTube's Terms of Service, which can lead to problems. There are ways to access YouTube music without breaking the rules, such as Google's new YouTube Music service that is likely to replace Google Play Music at any time – so we recommend that you consider legal options first.
It is also important to note that some of the many YouTube ripping web sites out there use unconventional moneymaking methods such as krypton breaking. While we do our best to recommend services that do not use such tactics, if you think your system is running hotter or harder than usual, make sure you do not hang on these locations for too long.
Step 1: Copy Video URL
This method can all be done in the browser (this is our favorite) without having to download any special applications or jump through any hoops. It also means that it will work on Windows, Mac, or even a Chromebook.
The first step is to switch to the YouTube video you want to rip the sound from. Select the URL from the browser's address bar and copy it to the clipboard.
Step 2: Go to Vubey
Open a new tab and go to Vubey's website. There are a number of online tools to rip the audio from YouTube videos, but Vubey is our current favorite. It has a clean, one-sided interface and quick conversion to MP3.
Once you've uploaded your site, just paste your YouTube URL into the Video URL field. Use the drop-down menu to select the quality of conversion you want to do and when done, click the Convert to MP3 button.
Step 3: Wait for the conversion
From there, it loads a new page where the conversion will happen. It may take a minute or two if you convert a particularly long video, but the waiting time is rarely very taxing.
Step 4: Get Your Sound
When the conversion is complete, just click on the orange Here link to download your MP3. This should download the file as someone else, drop it in the Downloads folder or whatever you have set as default.
Online services are great for downloading and converting YouTube videos, but due to YouTube violations, they tend to be discontinued from time to time so you try to find an alternative. Desktop software does not have that problem, and our favorite of them all is 4K Video Downloader. Although its name may suggest something else, this tool is not just for downloading high quality videos – it can also be used to rip audio from them as well.
The instructions are approximately the same as the steps above, except that you "Do it within a traditional desktop application, instead of a browser window."