A recommended youtube to mp3 converter?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by peewee12345, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. peewee12345 macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2009
    My go-to converter seems to no longer function.. for months now it "says" under maintenance come back in an hour

    Can someone recommend a youtube to mp3 to itunes converter. I am on El Capitan OS.
    Thank you
  2. High Desert macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2015
    Powell Butte, Or.
    Got the same issue and question here. Looks like the Youtube mp3 converter was taken offline due to threat of lawsuit. I have spent the morning trying to find a free alternative that is clean (no ads, hidden costs, etc) like like the Youtube converter. Most everything I have looked at either has limitations on downloads, tons of ads, or junk that runs in the background trying to access contacts, locations, phone, etc. If someone knows of a good replacement, I'd be real interested.
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Downie. It will give you the ability to download video from a lot of different sites, as well as extracting audio from YouTuibe videos etc to mp3. I have been using the software for several years and have had no problems. It works well and the developer is great with user response and updates.
  4. nigelbb, May 13, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: May 14, 2018

    nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
  5. cerberusss macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2013
    The Netherlands
    youtube-dl works fine. It's command-line however.

    First install homebrew by copy/pasting the one-liner on their home page in Terminal: https://brew.sh/
    Then install youtube-dl by copy/pasting this line:

    $ brew install youtube-dl

    Then convert any video into MP3 with the following line:

    $ youtube-dl -x --audio-format=mp3 "http://www.youtube.com/blah"

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