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Free YouTube to MP3 Converter Studio

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Free YouTube to MP3 Converter Studio is a quick music downloader with just enough features to make the grade. It will let you easily fill your hard drive with tunes you find on YouTube, but it would be nice if it let you grab the video with the audio. If you don't need that from your YouTube downloader, this app will fit most needs.

This program lets you grab videos right from YouTube and download them to your computer. Since it only grabs the audio from the videos, it works remarkably quickly; no download took more than a minute for us when we were downloading videos three to five minutes in length. It didn't sacrifice any of the video's audio quality, either. Free YouTube to MP3 Converter Studio automatically detects any links in your clipboard and gives you a blank screen, so you can plug as many links as you want inside. It also adds itself to Internet Explorer as an add-on, but it doesn't support other browsers, which was a disappointment. In addition to two add-on programs you have to dodge during installation, the app disguises advertisements as buttons for features. Outside of that, the app's menu isn't much to look at, but all of the options are easy to find.

That harkens back to this app's commitment to substance over style, which will be great for people who just need to download music quickly. If that sounds like something you want, Free YouTube to MP3 Converter Studio is an excellent app to choose. Still, if you want videos as well as audio files, you'll have to look elsewhere.

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  • All versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 1
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    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good basic tool for downloading music from Youtube"

    February 20, 2014  |   By Keyser_Sausage

    Version: Free YouTube to MP3 Converter Studio 8.2

    Pros

    - Does exactly what it claims to and more.

    - By copying a given youtube link, it automatically queues up the video/mp3 for downloading.

    - Settings allow you to specify what format and compression to convert the downloaded file to, whether to keep the original video, and where to put the downloads.

    - Has allowed me to download a lot of music which I've burned to CDs to listen to in car(only copyright free stuff of course!).

    - It automatically skips all adverts so you don't download them.

    - As far as Kaspersky and Malware Bytes are concerned there's nothing dodgy about it - yes I do know that doesn't definitively mean there's no spyware/malware but it's all I've got to go on I'm afraid.

    Cons

    Regularly advertises other programs in its suite. I don't personally mind this for a free tool but could be annoying to soomone.
    Been a long time since I downloaded but I strongly suspect CNET tries to bundle in unnecessary toolbars and other software when you download this so BE CAREFUL to untick the boxes and not continue unless you're sure what you're continuing to!

    Summary

    Just a great example of a tool that does what it claims to well with next to no drawbacks.
    Put it this way it's the only one I've downloaded from here in many years that I was moved to leave a review for. So make of that what you will.

    Updated on Feb 28, 2014

    I'd like to add something here. I wrote that review while I was re-downloading a copy of the software from CNET, based on my prior experience of using the tool, all of which still stands. HOWEVER, I would like to warn would-be downloaders that CNET's download process has changed significantly since I last downloaded. CNET's always tried to give you enough rope to hang yourself in terms of downloading extra software you don't want along with whatever it was you intended to download. But for me this has passed a reasonable point now. I made sure I unticked the options to download and didn't click on the wrong thing. Even so, it still bundled in this smalware that monitors your browser usage and generates adverts based on everything you do. I mean seriously - what kind of legit download site would ever agree to carry something like that. So my CNET downloading days are over.
    I would not advise anyone to download on CNET again.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "BEST Free YouTube Converter"

    October 1, 2013  |   By gerald247777

    Version: Free YouTube to MP3 Converter Studio 8.2

    Pros

    Easy to use and sleek interface.
    Good encoding options.

    Cons

    A bit pricey.

    Summary

    I use this program.Regards.
    Great software for video

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Would help if it would work"

    September 24, 2013  |   By jonarosen

    Version: Free YouTube to MP3 Converter Studio 8.2

    Pros

    None so far

    Cons

    Multiple links that I could play, would keep being shown as 'link could not be found'. If that's the case, what's the use of the program?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Inconspicuous yet effective"

    August 30, 2013  |   By 123yscid

    Version: Free YouTube to MP3 Converter Studio 8.2

    Pros

    The red download button just appears at any YouTube video ready to go to work for you once you download the app. The program is about 20MB, but it operates as an extension so it stays out of your way. It isn't complicated and easily converts the video to mp3.

    Cons

    The download process left me a bit baffled at first because I didn't realize it was an extension, so I was expecting a desktop icon and a listing on the starter menu. When I didn't see anything I was concerned that a possible spyware downloaded into my system. Fully reading the description on the CNET site dissipated my concerns. Some of the videos on YouTube need editing so an editing program may be necessary to ensure a quality soundtrack.

    Summary

    A very efficient program that does what it claims.

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