how to convert YouTube video to .wav

Thousands of users visit YouTube to listen to the latest singles. It’s a prime spot for it considering its library is so extensive, it can make your head spin. You’re probably listening to your favorite song right now on YouTube. I bet you’d love to take that piece of objectively good music with you on the go. And it just so happens there is a way. Several, in fact.

Legality

However, there are several caveats to consider. The legal standing to some of these methods is stuck in legal grey zones. That’s not to say nothing would happen if you did it anyway. Copyright is copyright. If you pull a song from YouTube–that you would normally buy otherwise–without permission from the copyright holder, you are violating YouTube’s terms of service and the copyright status of that specific video.

It’s because of the copyright violations that many websites and software, specifically designed to pull YouTube videos, don’t stay up for very long. If you’ve used websites like that before and noticed they’re no longer available, YouTube shut them down. Cease and desist.

So, maybe you don’t want to violate rights. Well, there’s still a reason to pull videos from YouTube. It has to do with the copyright holders. Many clips are fair game, or copyright-free. The same can be said about copyright-free content that doesn’t have a download link. These can be used freely; no permission needed; no one’s right were violated. And it doesn’t always have to be copyright-free. You can still use a copyright-protected clip as long as you ask for permission, especially if you’re a content creator and you need to use a specific piece for a video you’re creating or audio piece.

Another caveat to internalize is quality. Whether it’s video or audio, the better the bit rate, the better the quality. If you plan on pulling video or audio, listen to it first. Does it sound bad? Downloading it isn’t go to fix it. Go for the highest quality you can. For a good rule of thumb, CD quality bit rates sit around 160.

Find your copyright-free video or audio and use these methods to snag it and enjoy it on the go.

1. YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium, formerly known as YouTube Red, is YouTube’s paid-for streaming subscription service. You’ll have access to exclusive videos that were behind YouTube Premium, ad-free and, most importantly, allow offline playback for audio and video.

YouTube Premium lets you can yank a particular song or video and take it with you. You’re doing exactly what might’ve gotten you in trouble before, but seeing as that’s a perk of Youtube Premium and it’s advertised as such, it’s cool with them. In this case though, you’ve essentially paid to watch or listen to a specific file. Here’s how you get started:

1. Open your favorite browser and head over to YouTube.

2. Sign in if you haven’t already, as well as sign up for YouTube Premium.

3. Locate the video or song you’d like to download.

4. Just below the title of the media are several small icons to use. Select Download.

5. When prompted, decide on the level of quality you want. This is determined by the piece of media itself; if its highest quality is 480p, then 480p is the highest quality you can choose. Select OK when you’re finished.

And there you have it. You can take the file anywhere you please.

2. Using OnlineVideoConverter

An online tool is the best solution for short-term use. There are no installation requirements and it’s as easy firing up your favorite browser and visiting the website. Here’s what you do:

1. Open your favorite browser and head over to OnlineVideoConverter.

2. Next, open a separate browser and find the video or audio clip you’re interested in. If it’s copyright material, ask for permission first from its copyright holders.

3. Copy the URL.

4. Back over on OnlineVideoConverter and click Convert A Video Link.

5. Paste the URL in the box provided.

select .wav format

6. Below that, use the drop-down menu to select the .wav format.

download video

7. Select Start. Once the conversion is complete, you’ll be provided with a link to download.

As an added bonus, OnlineVideoConverter is also available as an extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

3. Using SaveClipBro

As its name would suggest, it will save your clip, “bro.” Fortunately, you don’t need to bring alcohol nor does it ask for a complicated handshake before using. Here’s what you do, bro:

  1. Open your favorite browser and have over to SaveClipBro.

2. Next, open a separate browser and find the video or audio clip you’re interested in. If it’s copyright material, ask for permission first from its copyright holders.

3. Copy the URL.

4. Now, back over on SaveClipBro, paste the URL in the box provided. Press Start when you’re ready.

5. Select .wav and click Convert.

6. Once the files been converted, you’ll be awarded a download link.

4. Using Files-Conversion

Another conversion website that does exactly what its name implies: Files-Conversion. However, there’s a chance you’ll get placed in a queue. Yes, you might have to wait to download the file, and it can vary. Regardless, this is what you do:

  1. Open your favorite browser and head over to Files-Conversion.

2. Next, open a separate browser and find the video or audio clip you’re interested in. If it’s copyright material, ask for permission first from its copyright holders.

3. Copy the URL.

4. Now, back over on Files-Conversion, paste the URL in the box provided.

select .wav format

5. From the drop-down menu, select .wav. You have options for size and quality as well.

6. Click I’m not a robot captcha.

7. Select Convert when you’re ready.

8. When the conversion is finished, your download link will be ready for you.

5. Using Desktop Software

There’s one itty-bitty problem when dealing with software of this nature: it tends to be riddled with malware and shovelware. It seems every time you download something questionable, you end up downloading an entire buffet of software you didn’t ask for. It’s like firing up a brand new computer and seeing all the shovelware it came with. No thanks.

Your best bet is to stay away from installing any software. That’s not to say there aren’t any reliable ones, nor are websites entirely safe either. The problem is that there isn’t enough.

At least with websites you generally have to click on something to get the ball rolling. With malware, you have to boot your PC into safe mode, scan the computer with antivirus, maybe even have it serviced if it’s bad enough. It’s a nightmare. Your favorite song or video isn’t worth taking the risk.

There isn’t much in the way of extracting YouTube videos. YouTube is adamant about knocking websites like that down, and they eventually do, but two more take its place like the mythical hydra. It’s a miracle the three conversion websites listed, SaveClipBro, OnlineVideoConverter, and Files-Conversion, are still up and running. Even better, there wasn’t a single issue using them.