Where do you get your music? Most of the thousands songs I’ve stuffed into iTunes for the past decade came from two locations. My nearly 1,000 CD collection, fully ripped, enhanced, and dropped into iTunes. And, a few thousand selections from the iTunes Music Store.
Much to my surprise, and an example of the changes within generations, I was surprised to read that many people get their music from YouTube these days. How? Mac and Windows PC users can choose from a number of apps which search YouTube, find music, extract the sound track as an MP3 file for storage in your music collection.
YouTube to MP3 is a free Mac app that does exactly that. Instead of merely listening to YouTube music online, use the app to find the songs or soundtracks and extract the music as an MP3 file.
Drag and drop YouTube URLs on to YouTube to MP3 and click the download button.
Despite the simplicity, there are a few additional tricks which make YouTube to MP3 converter a worthy addition to your music tools collection.
It remembers the contents of your Mac’s clipboard and adds it to the download queue. Songs can be automatically added to iTunes, and added to a specific iTunes playlist. Multiple YouTube URLs can be added, and you can throttle the downloads so your Mac and internet connection don’t slow to a crawl.
There’s a built-in MP3 tag editor, too. And files can be downloaded as is, without any conversion, so, no loss of quality.
Personally, going through the trouble of finding music on YouTube seems like a few more steps than simply using the iTunes Music Store, but for those on a budget and not worried about copyright restrictions, a free app can change good habits.