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Streaming services like YouTube, Soundcloud, and Spotify have attracted millions of users because they offer quick access to countless music and audio tracks. However, most services require a stable internet connection, which may not suit people trying to reduce screen time. Besides, you deserve access to your favorite music and podcasts even when your network is down.

One way to resolve this issue is to download audio from YouTube videos, podcasts, and music tracks in an MP3 or WAV format. Read on to learn how you can do so on five popular streaming platforms.

Downloading audio from five major platforms

Few things are as frustrating as being unable to listen to your favorite music when you have some free time. If your internet connection has ever dropped unexpectedly, you know that not many streaming services have functionalities that support offline use. Fortunately, there are several ways you can download audio files and listen to them on your Android or iOS smartphone or macOS or Microsoft Windows computer.

Download audio from YouTube

Extracting audio from YouTube videos is relatively straightforward whether you have a Mac or Windows computer.

Mac users can try the free iTube HD Video Downloader app. After downloading the software from the official web page, follow the below tutorial:

  1. Head to YouTube and find the appropriate video. 
  2. You'll see a "Download" button in the upper left corner of the video. 
  3. Tap the "Download" button to view the dropdown menu.
  4. After examining the list of options, press the desired audio format. 

Depending on the file size, it may take the software up to a minute to finish downloading the YouTube audio file. 

To extract audio from a YouTube video on a Windows computer, follow these steps:

  1. Go to this site to find the YouTube to MP3 tool from Motionbox.
  2. Open a YouTube video in your web browser and copy its URL from the address bar.
  3. Paste the URL in the appropriate field on the Motionbox page.
  4. Preview the audio to ensure you're satisfied with its quality. 
  5. Press "Download MP3" and tap "Trim and Download MP3."

This tool works well with different browsers, so you can use Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge to save audio files to your computer.

Of course, you can save audio files on your Mac without installing third-party software. One of the simplest ways to do so is by visiting the site.

  1. Visit YTMP3 and select your preferred file format (MP3 or MP4).
  2. Find the appropriate YouTube video using the search box and browse the search results.
  3. Tap the Download button below the appropriate entry.
  4. Select the Download button next to the search box.

And that's it! The MP3 or MP4 file will be in your PC's local storage within seconds.

Download tracks from Soundcloud

Soundcloud is a user-friendly platform that allows creators to decide whether listeners can download their tracks. If an artist has enabled downloads for listeners, you'll see a Download button underneath the waveform on their uploads.

If you can't spot the button, the file creator has disabled the download feature for their uploads. Note that you can only download individual tracks. Soundcloud still doesn't allow users to download entire playlists. Also, you can only save files on your computer, not your mobile device.

If you're interested in discovering new tunes from up-and-coming hip-hop artists, definitely check out Soundcloud. Aspiring artists often post free music on the platform to reach a broader audience.

Content creators should reach out to the original artist and ask whether they can use the free sounds for voiceovers and sound effects.

Download audio from TikTok

TikTok has become a popular app thanks to its integration of catchy tunes. Here's what you need to do to save a TikTok sound as an MP3 file:

  1. Launch the TikTok app on your iPhone or Android device.
  2. Find the video with the audio you want to extract and copy its link.
  3. Open in your browser and paste the TikTok link in the search bar.
  4. Press "Go" and wait until the site reloads.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and find the "Download HD" section.
  6. Select the "Download MP3" button.
  7. After the page reloads, press "Download MP3" again and tap "Save Link As..."
  8. Rename the file.

You can now listen to the TikTok audio without accessing the app or using another service. 

Download songs from Spotify

Only users with a Spotify Premium account can download tracks for offline listening. While users can't download individual songs, they can save playlists and albums. To do so on your mobile device, follow the below tutorial:

  1. Launch the app and navigate to the appropriate playlist or album. 
  2. Select "Your library" at the lower end of the app. 
  3. Navigate to the album or playlist you wish to download. 
  4. Press the downturned arrow and wait for the toggle to become green. 

Once the app completes the download, a downturned arrow will appear next to each song. 

Download podcasts to a mobile device


Android users can download podcasts from the Google Podcast app and listen to content without relying on the internet. 

  1. Open Google Podcasts and find a podcast using the Explore tab.
  2. Press the most recent episodes and click on the podcast name to view its page. 
  3. Navigate to the episode you want to save and select the arrow-shaped Download button. 

The button will become green once the app completes the download. 


The button will become green once the app completes the download. 

iOS users can also download podcasts through the Podcast app.

  1. Find a podcast you like and tap the three dots beside the episode title. 
  2. Select "Download Episode" from the list of options. 

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Can I download audio from Vimeo?

Vimeo has no native way of extracting audio from videos, so users typically install third-party tools like Cisdem Video Converter.

Why might you want to download audio?

You may want to download audio files to save music and podcasts in your personal library or to create voiceovers and sound effects for videos, presentations, and other content.

What are some different audio file formats?

Popular audio file formats include MP3, WAV, DSD, AIFF, FLAC, and ALAC.

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.