There are quite a few methods available to extract and download MP3 tracks from YouTube music videos, both offline and online. I’ve been using and recommending 4K YouTube to MP3 (free version) for many years, with its clean interface, and simplicity, plus a portable version available, it’s been one of my favorites. However, recent versions have introduced a revamped interface, which I am not overly fond of, plus it is now more aggressively nagging users to upgrade to the Premium version. Not saying that’s necessarily a deal-breaker, it’s still very good and does an excellent job, but some of the gloss has been taken off.
Anyway, a reader recently recommended MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter as a viable alternative so I decided to check it out.
MediaHuman YouTube To MP3
There is a portable version of this freeware listed on MediaHuman’s download page but the latest release is dated January 2014 and I couldn’t get it to work in Windows 10. So, I had to settle for the installer version, which is a little disappointing but certainly no deal-breaker.
The download consists of a 64.6MB executable (setup file), the installation is clean without any bundling or nasty surprises and, according to VirusTotal it is 100% clean:
- Downloads all music from a playlist or channel
- Tracks playlist/channel updates and downloads only new videos
- Downloads highest available quality up to 320 Kbps
- Supports YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Mixcloud, etc
- Downloads simultaneously several tracks
- Includes a simple tag editor with cover art image support
As you can see from the above screenshot, MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 comes with a simple, uncomplicated interface, just the way I like it, and the software is equally simple to use:
- Visit the YouTube music video webpage
- Copy the URL from the address bar
- Click the Paste link button in the interface
- Click the download button (down-facing arrow)
There is a setting in Preferences where you can bypass that last (fourth) step by setting the downloads to start automatically. The bitrate for downloaded tracks is set to 192 by default but that can be adjusted via the software’s preferences. I won’t go into all the settings but point out three that you should be aware of:
- Change the default location (folder) for downloaded tracks
- Select from several output formats (MP3, M4A, OGG)
- Choose your preferred bitrate
For those who may not be aware, the bitrate influences both file size and quality – lower bitrates produce smaller file sizes but at slightly lower quality while higher bitrates produce larger file sizes but at a higher quality. I always set the bitrate to maximum (320). This produces optimal quality and is still a relatively small file size.
I am impressed with MediaHuman YouTube to MP3. Despite the lack of an up-to-date (and working) portable version, it’s clean, simple, free, and very effective. A definite keeper. Thanks to reader Harry for the recommendation. In his comment, Harry described the software as “awesome”, and I tend to agree.
- Download direct from the developer: MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter
NOTE: This is cross-platform freeware available for Windows, Mac, and Linux so make sure you select the correct download for your platform.