4 Simple Ways to Download YouTube Audio in High Quality

In this guide, we are going to introduce four simple methods to download YouTube audio in high quality. Each of the methods will be detailed with its features. Then, you can choose the way you prefer.

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Jane Zhou

Updated on Jun 19, 2024

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By downloading high-quality YouTube music onto your computer, you can trim it, burn it onto a CD, or play it directly.

By downloading YouTube audio on your iPhone or Android, you can listen to your favorite songs whenever you want or learn a foreign language by following the downloaded track.

Whatever you want with the downloaded music, your first step is to download music from YouTube Music onto your device. In this guide, we will show you how to download high-quality YouTube audio on a computer, iPhone, and Android. 

Let's dive in.

Way 1. Download YouTube Audio in High Quality with a Video Downloader

There are many YouTube video downloaders you can use to download YouTube audio, but very few of them support grabbing high-quality audio, and this video downloader - EaseUS Video Downloader is one of the very few options that supports downloading video/audio in 128Kbps, 256Kbps, and even 320Kbps. Whether you want to download YouTube music or extract audio from a video, EaseUS Video Downloader can make it fairly simple. Apart from that, you can also expect other functions and features from this program. 

Key features:

  • 100% safe and clean, no ads, no popups
  • Supports batch downloads or conversions
  • Supports 8K/4K/HD videos
  • Supports audio qualities at 320kbps/256kbps/128kbps
  • Supports many different video streaming websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more

Key Functions:

  • Converts YouTube to MP3, WAV, MP4
  • Downloads YouTube playlist or channel
  • Converts any local video to audio
  • Downloads videos by searching or using a URL

If you want to give it a try, download it on your computer and follow these steps to download your desired audio.

Step 1. Open the YouTube music page and copy its link. Then, launch EaseUS Video Downloader. You can go to "YouTube to MP3" to directly convert YouTube videos to MP3/WAV format. 

youtube to mp3

Step 2. Open the "Settings" icon beside quality. You can choose the specific file location here. 

choose file location

Step 3. Click the "Paste Link" button, and wait for the software to finish converting.

Disclaimer: Please make sure that your download behavior is legal in your country! EaseUS does not advocate downloading any copyrighted video/audio from YouTube for sale, distribution, or other commercial purposes.

Tips: If you want to batch download items, you can click "Settings" in the upper right corner of this program and then preset the output format, quality, and subtitles under the One-Click Download Mode for YouTube section.

If you need to download and edit YouTube videos next time, check the guide for more details.

Way 2. Download YouTube Audio with an Online YouTube Downloader

Another convenient way to download high-quality YouTube audio is by using online YouTube downloaders. The best part of such downloaders is that you can use them on a web browser without installing any program. This is great for users who need to download audio occasionally. However, if you want to download audio in bulk, using an online YouTube downloader is not enough because most don't support batch downloads. In that situation, you'll need some dedicated desktop software to get the job done. 

If you stick with online downloaders, you can try some good options like Ytmp3, YouTube to MP3 Music, YT1s, 320YTMp3, etc. Let's take Ytmp3, for example, and see how it works. 

Step 1. Head to YouTube to find and open the video you wish to download, copy its URL.

Step 2. Open Ytmp3.com and paste the copied URL in the address bar.

Step 3. Choose a format and click the "Convert" button. 

Download YouTube audio with YTMP3

Note: Some of the online downloaders may compress your audio file to a file size they think is "high quality." This is to improve the download speed. 

Way 3. Download YouTube Audio with a YouTube Downloader Extension

Likewise, you can use some YouTube downloader extensions like Addoncrop YouTube to MP3 Converter to save your favorite tracks from YouTube. Addoncrop YouTube Converter is a popular extension that allows you to save audio with the best 320Kbps quality. No registration and no ads. You can complete the download process without leaving your current page. All you need is to add this extension to your Chrome or Firefox. What impresses us most about this extension is that it even allows you to trim and cut the part of the audio in one click. If you like this tool, follow these steps to use it. 

Step 1. Add Addoncrop YouTube MP3 Converter extension to your Chrome or Firefox.

Step 2. Open the YouTube video you wish to download. 

Step 3. Click the YouTube MP3 Converter icon in your browser's upper right menu bar.

Step 4. Choose the MP3 bitrate. You should choose 320Kbps if you want high quality.

Step 5. Click "Download" to save the song onto your computer. 

Addoncrop YouTube to MP3 Converter

Way 4. Save High-Quality YouTube Audio with a Downloader App for iPhone or Android

If you want to download YouTube audio onto your iPhone or Android, a convenient option is to use a downloader app for Android or iPhone. And here, we will introduce two popular downloaders for Android and iPhone, respectively.

1. Snappea for Android

Snappe for Android is an HD YouTube audio downloader that can download videos or audio from Facebook, YouTube, Dailymotion, and more sites. It sets no limitations to the number of items to download. Thus, you can download as many audio files as you want from YouTube. Here's how to use it.

Step 1. Download and install Snappea for Android on your device. If you can't open this app, you can go to your phone's Security Settings to enable Unknown downloads. 

Step 2. In Snappea, search for the video you want and click on the Download icon to proceed.

Step 3. Select "Music" as your desired output format and choose 128K as your output audio quality.

Download YouTube videos with Snappea for Android

2. Loader for iOS

Finding a YouTube downloader for iPhone is not as easy as an Android. This is partly because Apple sets a strict restriction for apps from unknown resources. What's more, downloading YouTube music or video is against YouTube's Terms of Use. For this reason, Apple has removed many YouTube downloader apps. But luckily, we found one - Loader for you. 

Loader is a multi-source media downloader app that can download music or videos from YouTube, Deezer, SoundCloud, and other apps. If you want to try it, you can download it from App Store and follow this simple instruction to download YouTube music instead.

Step 1. Open the YouTube app and find your desired video. Copy the link to that video.

Step 2. Open Loader and paste the URL to its address bar, tap the search button to proceed. 

Step 3. Choose the output format and quality you want. Then the video will be downloaded on your iPhone.

YouTube audio downloader - Loader

The Bottom Line

These are all ways to download YouTube audio on a computer, iOS device, or Android. We hope these tips are helpful to you. I like the EaseUS Video Downloader approach because it offers a quick download speed, a stable download environment, and more advanced download options. Which one do you prefer? Just choose the way you like best.

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