Record Sound from YouTube on Mac with Ease

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YouTube these day is not just videos, it is lots of great music too. Even when there is no official music video yet, you can always find the music with a theme image or a fan video.

The official statistics info of YouTube service indicates that 4 billion hours of audio content are played every month. In 2014 YouTube claimed to have 1 trillion views. What it means is that more and more people prefer to use YouTube as
their music source.

There are many reasons why you'd want some music to be saved to your hard drive, in other words to record YouTube audio on Mac. So here are the solutions for that.

What is the best way to record music from YouTube

1. Airy
Category: Downloaders
Requirements: OS X 10.9+, 23.17MB free space. Version 3.20.310. (26 Oct, 2020). 4.9 Rank based on 811+ users, Reviews(885)
If you’ve ever been browsing YouTube, chances are you’ve wanted to save the audio to your Mac. But it can be a headache figuring out how to download music from YouTube on Mac. With Airy, that’s no longer an issue. Airy brings you ease and peace of mind by giving you tons of incredible benefits to download your favorite music from YouTube in just seconds. Airy comes fully equipped with an MP3 extractor and converter that takes any YouTube video and downloads the audio for you. Easily download full channels, playlists, and even private videos, in a flash. Even better, batch download videos from your browser as you surf your favorite videos. It’s never been easier to enjoy music than with Airy.

How to record sound from YouTube to your Mac

1. Download Airy and install it. Free version offers two YouTube downloads. If you need unlimited downloading, activate full version of Airy.

2. Open the YouTube video, playlist or channel you want to download and copy the link to clipboard. Then paste it in Airy.

3. Select MP3 format option from the list. Keep in mind that the more files you are downloading simultaneously, the more time Airy will need to process them.

4. Click the Download button

2. Folx PRO

Folx is a free download manager for Mac OS with a sleek interface very suitable for Mac users. It combines a general download manager and a torrent client. There is a free version and a PRO one with more advanced possibilities.

For example upgrading to Folx PRO allows downloading YouTube videos to your computer.

How to record music from YouTube on Mac

  1. Download Folx and upgrade it to PRO with the activation code that you can buy from the developers' website.
  2. Copy a YouTube link from the browser and paste it in Folx and press Enter.
  3. Set up everything in download settings:
    • You can tag your downloads for easier location in the future (for example: YouTube).
    • Set the download location or leave it Automatic to save the file according to the first tag assigned.
    • Select MP3 format from the list to record YouTube audio on Mac. And create any custom description for the video.
  4. Click OK to finish download adjustment.

3. Elmedia Player PRO

With this app you can even download the complete YouTube playlists.

The steps are easy:

  1. Download and install Elmedia.
  2. Open it and upgrade to PRO version with the activation code that you can buy from developer's website.
  3. Switch the player to browser mode. Go to Window → Browser in the main menu.
  4. Paste the link to YouTube video and click Enter.
  5. In the Audio tab select the audio format.
  6. Elmedia Player PRO will save to the Downloads folder by default, which is easy to change in Preferences of the player.

Use an online service

One of the easiest methods for saving audio from a YouTube video to an MP3 file is using an online service. Below are steps on how to record sound in a YouTube video using an online YouTube to MP3 conversion service.


You'll need to paste the YouTube link in an empty box and click Convert video button. This service will do only this and doesn't offer any additional possibilities.


  1. Find the YouTube video you want to convert to MP3 and copy the URL.
  2. Then go you and paste the copied link into the text field on the page.
  3. Click the red “GO” button to see a preview of the video and select the MP3 quality you want from the drop-down menu beside it.
  4. Click the “Convert” button and your video will start converting.
  5. Once converted, click the “Download” button.

Recording Sound from YouTube with Screen Recorder:

If you’d like to record yourself or capture a small portion of the video sound, a good place to start is by using Audacity.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Download Audacity (it’s free and easy to find online).
  2. Run the installation of the app by following the on-screen instructions.
  3. Open Audacity and click “Edit” on the top menu bar. Then, select “Preferences”.
  4. In the “Device” section of the Preferences window, switch to the “Recording” section.
  5. Choose the “Stereo Mix” option. This selection may be disabled by default, so you’ll have to enable it. To do that:
    • Open Control Panel.
    • Go to Hardware and Sound and click the “Sound” section.
    • From the “Recording” tab, right-click on an empty space on the screen.
    • Choose the “Show Disabled Devices” option from the drop-down menu.
    • Locate the “Stereo Mix Device” option, right-click on it and select the “Enable” option.
  6. Press “OK” to save the new settings and restart Audacity.
  7. Open your YouTube video and press the record button. To ensure the best quality, make sure your Internet connection is stable and interruption-free for the video to play smoothly. When the video’s done, hit “Stop.”
  8. This file can now be saved and exported to any device in MP3 format.


How can I record a song from YouTube?

You can either use a third-party YouTube to MP3 conversion service or record the audio with a screen-capturing software.

How can I record YouTube audio on my iOS device?

For iPhone users, Music Memos is a great app that captures audio - better than the stock Voice Recording app from Apple. Also, it can add bass and drums tracks in the background and the recordings can be edited on GarageBand, on iPhone or Mac.

Can I download Spotify music on my Mac?

Yes, you can, but you need a Spotify music downloader to do that. NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter for Mac lets you do that. It can easily download and convert music from Spotify to other formats like MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC and more on Mac.

It's a very popular service, mainly due to its incredible reliability and dedicated after-sales service.

Thank you for reading and please don't hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments section.

Requirements: OS X 10.7+ , 23.17MB size
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