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Is YouTube To Mp3 Downloading Illegal?

July 27, 2021

YouTube To Mp3 Downloading Illegal

Is downloading YouTube to mp3 illegal? YouTube is the second most popular search engine in the world. 74% of the adults in the U.S. use YouTube. That’s almost twice as much as Instagram! We use YouTube for entertainment, music, and education. However, what if you don’t have internet? Many people have turned to YouTube to mp3 converters & downloaders. But is YouTube to mp3 downloading illegal?

In this article you’ll learn:

  • YouTube’s vision on downloading
  • If YouTube to mp3 downloading is illegal
  • Or is YouTube to mp3 downloading just immoral
  • Most used converting tools
  • (Bonus) The best tool to grow your YouTube channel

In the end, you'll know if downloading from YouTube is illegal and if you can expect trouble with the law.

Warning: this article is solely for educational purposes and it's not meant as legal advice. You are completely responsible for your own decisions and should abide by the law at all times.

What YouTube has to say about YouTube to mp3 downloading…

Before we dive into the grey area of the matter, let's look at the exact rights that YouTube grants us around downloading or distributing content. Below you'll find a screenshot of the official terms of services from YouTube. It states that you are not allowed to access, reproduce, download, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, transfer, license, modify any portion of the service of content.


Now you might wonder what Service of Content is exactly. It means the following: service of content is data, information, materials, advertisements, text, audio, video, graphics, or software, products, services that are made available by YouTube.

To conclude: you are allowed to download from YouTube to mp3 if you have permission from both YouTube and the owner of the copyrighted content.

But because something is against the terms of service that doesn't necessarily mean it's illegal by law. In the upcoming chapter, we are taking a look at whether or not you can get in legal trouble if you go against the terms of service.

Can you use your YouTube to mp3 files for content?

Are you wondering if you can use your YouTube to mp3 file to create new content, then keep reading this chapter. We are going to take a look into the specific segment of the terms of service of YouTube about content and conduct. After reading this chapter you’ll know exactly what you are allowed to upload on YouTube.


You are allowed to use other people’s content and upload it if you have permission from the rightful owner. There are exceptions to these guidelines. For example, you can use copyright-free music or content of your own channel. Additionally, some artists or creators allow you to use their content to raise awareness. However, you are not allowed to make a profit from their content. Lastly, this one is a bit in the in-between good and wrong, downloading for personal usage. It's not illegal as long as you don't distribute the content. However, it is against the terms of service and YouTube will try to ban you if you try to upload it.

Using copyrighted content in exchange for making no profit can be a beneficial strategy in growing your channel. Yes, you won’t be making money with YouTube ads for these types of content, but it does offer you the opportunity to grow your subscriber list. These subscribers will also watch your ‘money-making content’.

Is it illegal to convert from YouTube to mp3?

No, it’s not illegal to convert a video from YouTube to mp3 as long as you have permission. It’s against the terms of service of YouTube to download or convert a copyrighted video without permission from the owner. YouTube has been vigorously hunting down stream-ripping activities. Most of the time this results in permanently banning YouTube channels or removing websites from Google. YouTube is owned by the parent company Alphabet. Alphabet owns both Google and YouTube, therefore these two work closely together to shut down anything associated with stream-ripping.

Warning 2: this article is solely for educational purposes and it's not meant as law advice. You are completely responsible for your own decisions and should abide by the law at all times.

YouTube’s legal battle with YouTube-mp3.org

In 2017, YouTube went to war against YouTube-mp3.org. Together with 12 major labels like Universal Music Group, Capitol, Warner Brothers, they filed a lawsuit against the youtube-mp3.org website. It was a long and messy fight, a fight that we thought would be easily won by those massive brands. Exactly that happened. YouTube won in court and the website had to shut down, hand over the domain, and promise to not start a similar website.

YouTube vs FLVTO – Round two, will we have the same winner?

In 2019, there was a new fight. This time with the Russian FLVTO.biz. Everything went more or less the same way as with youtube-mp3.org. However, this time the federal judge ruled against YouTube and the 12 labels. The court dismissed the case because they didn't have the jurisdiction to do so. FLVTO.biz was owned by a Russian and youtube-mp3.org was owned by a German. Might that be a deciding difference? Who knows, in any case, FLVTO lives on to fight another day.  

Illegal? Not in every case. Highly immoral? Probably!

Making content is one of the most difficult tasks there is. It takes a crapload of work to make a valuable piece that is fact-checked, to the point, and easy to read. Trust me lol. From research to shooting videos can easily cost you 8-12 hours. For the image you spend 8 hours researching, shooting, editing a video. Then after one day a baboon copies your work and uploads it on YouTube. That will probably take around 1 minute of work. So your 8 hours against his 1 minute. All that hard work is stolen in a heartbeat and even worse, they receive traffic. Your traffic! There are a few exceptions but in general, you shouldn't download videos from YouTube to mp3. It's highly immoral and you don't want to be that person.

The 5 most used YouTube to mp3 converters

Does the court battling against the YouTube to mp3 converters work? In this chapter, we are going to look at the 5 most popular YouTube to mp3 converters. Our goal is to show how popular converters are and why this presents a massive challenge for YouTube and labels like Universal and Warner Brothers. Data has been collected with KWFinder to show the estimated amount of visitors per YouTube to mp3 converter. Keyword tools are always prudent in their estimations and therefore I expect the traffic to be even higher.

Best YouTube to mp3 converters


YTmp3.cc is the most popular YouTube converter at this moment (2021). It has an estimated visitor count of 18.1 million visitors per month. It's a more advanced tool than your average YouTube converter. It comes with a dark mode, has a FAQ, and you can download videos to mp3 and mp4. Most converters only offer mp3, so this is quite an improvement. Additionally, you don't need to register an account to use this tool. Copy-paste your YouTube link in the bar and click on convert. 

ytmp3.cc youtube to mp3


YT1s.com is arguably the most advanced tool on this list. It allows you to download videos, convert to mp3, convert to mp4, and even download videos from Facebook. YT1s is relatively new and yet conquered the second spot in Google. This second place is good for an estimated 9.1 million visitors per month. Yt1s adopts the look and feels of YouTube, however, it's in no way associated with YouTube. YouTube's parental company Alphabet is strictly against all converters and has shut down many in the past.



YouTubetomp3music.com is one of the oldest YouTube to mp3 converters. It’s good for an estimated 5.6 million visitors per month. The features are somewhat basic if you compare them to ytmp3.cc or yt1s.com. It offers you a YouTube converter and a downloader. With the converter, you can convert videos from YouTube to mp3. It doesn't offer mp4 support. It does allow you to convert from other social media platforms like Facebook or Vimeo.

Important to note: Facebook, Vimeo, and Dailymotion are just like YouTube against stream-ripping. Therefore they are not a fan of converters and have also shut down multiple converters through lawsuits.



Go-mp3.com is the fourth most popular YouTube to mp3 converter on Google. It has an estimated visitor count of 3.8 million visitors per month. It's one of the faster YouTube converters on the internet and offers its service for free. Something noticeable is the fact that go-mp3 claims to offer you anonymity. They say that they won't track or collect your data. Even though they might not collect your data, this doesn't mean you can rely on go-mp3 to be safe. They might be or they might not be. Who knows. One thing is certain, it's very easy to add a virus to your mp3 file. Converting videos from YouTube to mp3 always comes with a risk.



Clickmp3.com is our 5th most popular YouTube converter. It has an estimated number of visitors of 2.7 million per month. Clickmp3 is just like the others free to use and offers you to convert videos to mp3 for you. Compared to the top dogs, Clickmp3 is more basic and focuses solely on mp3 files. You enter your YouTube link in the bar and click on the arrow (or hit enter). The file will start to download onto your pc. Again be aware of security issues and now the risk of getting a virus when you use any converter. Some are legit and others aren't. It's impossible to tell which are safe just from looking at the front side of things.


[BONUS] Best YouTube tool to grow your channel!

Lastly, we have our bonus chapter. In this chapter, I am going to show you your new best friend for YouTube. He will help you grow your channel based on data research and AI. I’d like to introduce you to… TubeBuddy! TubeBuddy is an all-in-one marketing automation tool for YouTube. It provides you with the tools to grow your channel fast and steady.

TubeBuddy pros:

  • Find profitable keywords
  • Get the best times to upload
  • Certified by YouTube itself
  • Beautiful UX design
  • Affordable

You can try out TubeBuddy for free. You'll get access to most features but with a limitation to the number of searches and data. I always suggest trying a tool out with the free plan before you invest money into it. I mean, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

If you have tried out the tool and want to make use of its full arsenal, then you can buy one of the following plans:

Pro ($3.60): is almost in every case the right tool. It gives you all the tools you need to grow your audience. It also comes with an amazing discount of 50% if you have less than 1,000 subscribers

Star ($15.20): if you want to automate YouTube processes, Star is the way to go.

Legend ($39.20): with Legend you'll get in-depth data and research tools

TubeBuddy youtube tool pricing

Find our free installation guide here: https://markdagency.com/tubebuddy-extension-for-chrome/


In this FAQ I will answer the most commonly asked question about converting videos from YouTube to mp3. In general, I don't think there are many good reasons to use a YouTube to mp3 converter. However, if you use it on your content or if you have permission from YouTube and the copyright owner, then it's a valid reason to use one.

Are YouTube to mp3 converters safe?

There is no guarantee that any of the converters are safe. Potentially, a YouTube converter can be an easy tool to add a virus to the mp3 file and infect your device. Some converters don't give you viruses but track your data and sell it. If you want to be 100% safe, don't use YouTube to mp3 converters.

Can YouTube to mp3 give you a virus?

Yes, it’s very easy to attach a virus to the mp3 file and because the user downloads the file, it will be directly on your device.

Which YouTube to mp3 converter is the best?

They are all more or less the same. YTmp3.cc is the most popular website with estimated traffic of 18 million visitors per month. However, although it's popular and ranks high in Google, there are no guarantees whether or not it's safe to use.

How to download YouTube to mp3 songs download for free?

Almost all the YouTube to mp3 converters are free to use. Just search for YouTube to mp3 in Google and you'll find a bunch. Although I almost always advise against using converters because you can't know whether they are safe or not. Additionally, I am strictly against stream-ripping. Only use it if you own the content yourself or have permission from both YouTube and the copyright owner.

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About the author 

Mark Verwoert

When I'm not making killer branding strategies, you will find me traveling through Scotland

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