How to Download Music from YouTube

Streaming services like Youtube offer a lot of convenience, but there are times when you want to access some of this massive library of offline videos and music. The solution might not be obvious at first, but it’s actually quite simple. In this article, we will recommend you two of the best ways to download music and other resources from YouTube. Additionally, we’ll go over the legality of saving clips offline and how they can affect the company’s terms of service.

Download via YouTube-DLG

Many programs and websites have come and gone for the purpose of allowing users to download files from YouTube. However, the problem with many of these services is that they are filled with bloatware, scam ads, or just plain unreliable. To solve these problems, YouTube-DLG Between.

DLG is an open source program available for free on Githuband was created as a GUI for a text-based version called YouTube-DL. The beauty of this interface is that nothing gets in your way. The user simply enters one or more URLs from which he wishes to download, selects his choice from a range of video and audio formats and lets DLG do its thing.

All files will be extracted to a YouTube-specific folder or another folder you choose. DLG also has the ability to play files from Facebook, Twitter and many other video streaming sources.

What can you legally upload to YouTube?

However, you should be careful with this kind of power, as some use cases for programs such as YouTube-DLG are not strictly legal. You should stick to downloading resources considered to be public domain Where fair use. Under US copyright law, works that have entered the public domain may be downloaded, reproduced, and modified as the user sees fit without penalty. They are really free.

As described by Stanford UniversityThere are four common ways for works to enter the public domain:

  • Copyright has expired.
  • The copyright holder has not complied with the copyright renewal rules.
  • The copyright holder deliberately places it in the public domain, known as a “dedication”.
  • Copyright law does not protect this type of work.

A trickier facet of copyright law is what is called fair use. Fair Use applies to those who want to use the work of others in a critical, educational or transformative way. For example, using a short video clip as part of a movie review may be protected by the fair use clause, but uploading an entire scene without commentary may not.

US copyright law Section 107:

…the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in the form of copies or phonographic recordings or by any other means specified by this section, for such purposes as criticism, comment, reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not copyright infringement.

With that in mind, downloading copyrighted music directly to your library for personal use would not be considered legal. YouTube also considers third-party uploaders like DLG a violation of their user agreement because described in the terms of use:

The following restrictions apply to your use of the Service. You are not allowed to:
1. access, reproduce, download, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, alter, modify or otherwise use any part of the Service or any Content except: (a) as expressly authorized by the Service; or (b) with the prior written permission of YouTube and, if applicable, the respective rights holders;

The company could use downloading content with this method as grounds for account suspension or termination, so be careful.

Download via YouTube Premium

Luckily, we have an even safer way to download music and videos from YouTube that’s guaranteed not to violate any laws or terms. Over the past few years, the company has introduced a feature that allows users to save content directly from the website or mobile app. You can then access it again each time you load the app, even if you are completely offline.

In the US, this feature is locked behind the paid Premium YouTube subscription but is available for free in some other regions. Once the function is activated, you can find a To download below the videos next to where you’ll usually find the share and comment features. The compiled list of songs and videos can then be found and viewed in the library app section.

The only drawback is that the works downloaded with this method cannot be moved, copied or modified by the user in any way. They are still considered locked on the YouTube service and can only be accessed through the app. If a recorded video is deleted from the YouTube server, it may also be deleted from your device the next time you log in. This is considered a necessary function so that no copyright infringement can occur.

To sum up: a program like YouTube-DLG offers the user the highest degree of flexibility when it comes to downloading audio and video online. However, its use quickly falls into a legally murky realm.

Downloading directly through the YouTube app is the easiest way to save content to your device. However, you will have no say in where these songs and videos can go, or even how long you can access them.

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