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YouTube to MP3 Converter

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YouTube to MP3 Converter easily installs as a free browser extension, making downloading and converting files a breeze. The process is fast and the MP3 keeps the original audio quality. The only apparent downside to this software is that it comes bundled with adware.

At around 8MB this app downloads in less than a minute. The setup wizard takes you through the install process during which the app tries to install extras like a toolbar and other adware programs to your computer. Even when you opt out of it, the program seems quite pushy, so be careful what you click. YouTube to MP3 Converter directly installs into your browser as a plugin. When you visit YouTube, there will be a Download MP3 button under each video you play and all you need to do is click on it. We tried downloading videos of various lengths and had no trouble whatsoever. The app works well in Firefox, Chrome, and IE and downloads both a video and an MP3 file into your Music folder. The videos downloaded incredibly fast and the playback quality was excellent.

Apart from a slightly tricky installation process, YouTube to MP3 Converter works great and delivers on its promises. It will be a great addition to any user who needs to download YouTube videos or convert YouTube videos to MP3 files quickly.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "OK when it works"

    February 18, 2014  |   By ToriSmith

    Version: YouTube to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    Very easy to use, good quality MP3 files

    Cons

    Frequent download errors, Not much support available (except to premium users), Adware in the installation setup

    Summary

    It does a good job when it works, and there's the rub. I recently got a new computer running Windows 8.1. I'd used this program with good results on my old computer. After downloading it on the new one, everything worked fine for the first few downloads, then I started getting download failures and conversion errors. The only suggestion the Videosoft site offered was to make sure the firewall settings allowed it through. That didn't work. I used the "Ask an expert" option on the site -- no response yet. I tried the forum, and see other people are having the same problem, but no answers are being offered. You MUST be on your toes during the install, or you will download nasty malware "search engines" and browsers. In the end, probably not worth the headaches.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS"

    February 17, 2014  |   By aserq34t

    Version: YouTube to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    FULL OF ADWARE

    Cons

    CAN'T GET RID OF ADWARES

    Summary

    CNET GO HANG YOURSELF

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked for me"

    December 26, 2013  |   By iagin

    Version: YouTube to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    Added a "download MP3" button to my browser

    Cons

    CNET installer

    Summary

    It was wrapped with the CNET installer like everything else on this site, but that's easy to get around and nothing else was installed.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Now blocked by Firefox"

    December 25, 2013  |   By Sukki007

    Version: YouTube to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    Can't possibly come up with any Pros when the program will no longer work.

    Cons

    I tried to update to the latest version. My browser (Firefox) wouldn't let me. Then tried to do it using Chrome. Ditto. Checked my Firefox extensions and discovered that it had been blocked "due to stability or security issues." While there, I found another of Videosoft's extensions,which I had been so careful NOT to install, was there anyway, and when I tried to delete it, FF informed me that it had also installed a Conduit plug-in. Not sure what it is except that it can change some search parameters.

    Summary

    This program, which once was beyond wonderful, has turned to pure trash, and even worse, has become dangerous to the security of your computer. STAY AWAY!!!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "used to be ok, now not so good"

    December 24, 2013  |   By edwomay

    Version: YouTube to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    used to work well and fast

    Cons

    now doesn't work, and too much extra stuff bundled with it that is hard to uninstall.

    Summary

    use a website instead. save-mp3.com has a very simple interface, and is very quick

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Used to be so great"

    December 7, 2013  |   By katka6

    Version: YouTube to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    It's a very easy to use program that easily gets you all the songs you'd like from YouTube. There have been some annoying changes over the years, that you can eliminate by tweaking it (file locations, exporting to iTunes, etc.), but for the most part, I loved it.

    Cons

    It's horrible, now. I'm sure it still functions the way it used to, but I deleted the program after the last update. Even with a custom installation, you cannot avoid all the add-ons they sneak in during installation.

    Summary

    A formerly great program that's been ruined by the developers who've decided to sneak in unwanted applications during installation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "absolutely awful"

    November 15, 2013  |   By paulsyracuse

    Version: YouTube to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    nnnnoooonnnneeee

    Cons

    took 2 hrs to clean all garbage it downloaded with end result no youtube converter at all

    Summary

    took 2 hrs to clean all garbage it downloaded with end result no youtube converter at all

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Latest Upgrade Changes License Agreement"

    November 6, 2013  |   By gaoyou60

    Version: YouTube to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    The program does what it says it will do.

    Cons

    The latest "upgrade" changes the license agreement. You give permission to allow the software to scan and upload an inventory of the programs on your hard drive so that the Open Candy network can suggest programs for you to install. It appears from other reviewers it also adds BHO's you did not authorize.

    Summary

    Avoid it!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "They Snuck In Browserhelpers.exe, just delete it."

    November 1, 2013  |   By DCSimmer

    Version: YouTube to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    Love that I can DL videos with their FreeStudio, or music and convert to mp3's with their YouTube to MP3 Converter, and it's free.

    Cons

    Even with the custom install, they sneak in browserhelper.exe, which is a nuisance (it's called a Browser Helper Object in computer terms, but this can be easily remedied and you can go on to enjoy the program.

    Summary

    Proceed slowly when installing, and only opt for custom and/or advanced custom, otherwise they throw in things you don't want. Even after doing this, they sneak in Browserhelpers.exe.

    When I wasn't careful, QuickShare was installed, which is a real nuisance "browser helper", because whenever I highlighted a word to google to see what it means, I got a stupid option to use or post on FB, Twitter, etc. I uninstalled YouTube to MP3 Converter, but I couldn't completely delete Quickshare, and then found where they installed something 'browserhelpers.exe', which it apparently needs to work. Since deleting this, Quickshare has not been a problem.

    I really like the YouTube to MP3 Converter and have used it for years, so I re-installed it, being more careful to do a custom install. However, it still snuck in browserhelpers.exe.

    Simple solution for me: On Windows 7, go to Program Files --> Common Files --> DVDVideoSoft --> bin --> browserhelpers.exe. I clicked on the shift key and delete key to permanently delete this.

    Btw, my Norton, or Malwarebytes Anti-malware, or adwcleaner did NOT remove browserhelpers.exe in the Common Files/DVDVideoSoft/bin folder, or the registry keys (which I'm not touching because I don't know enough about those to risk messing up my computer). Hope this helps.

    Give it four stars because it only takes a few minutes to do a custom install then delete the browserhelpers.exe, otherwise would give it a five. Guess they want to get paid like everyone else...

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Pretty bad"

    October 4, 2013  |   By fly4doe

    Version: YouTube to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    Creates an mp4 in case you want to watch the video off line some time.

    Cons

    Don't uninstall anything "Recommended" it is looking to install about 30 different apps. Installed Google Chrome without consent. Won't rip the sound track from about 75% of the videos viewed...certainly not any of the official videos posted by artists/record companies. Probably doesn't rip any sound tracks of vids proceeded by ads.
    Uninstalled itself overnight w/ no notice. Who knows what else it is doing that the user won't know about....sending all financial records to Russia perhaps? Don't know if it is related but tried to play a CD in my laptop with Win Media Center following Converter's installation and the CD appeared to play but no sound...hmmm. Maybe Media Center installed the ap. Who knows...

    Summary

    Beware.

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