Rip/Extract Audio from YouTube Mac [2024 Updated✅]

Is it possible to extract audio from YouTube on a Mac? The answer is yes. This guide will show you how to do so with easy operations. With a useful tool called EaseUS RecExperts, you can even do it in 3 steps. Download it to start now!

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Melissa Lee

Updated on Jan 05, 2024

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I have been using an online process to rip audio from YouTube videos. That link now says it's not safe. So I looked for an app in the AppStore to download video and audio, but nothing seems to offer what I think I need. I then Googled and found MacX Pro, which also came up with a warning about downloading that app. One online source suggested QuickTime Player, but I cannot seem to open a YouTube video in QTP. So, are there any Mac-preferred apps to rip out the audio or download the video and then use an app to rip the audio?

___Staynavytom from Apple Community

There are times when you need to extract audio from YouTube on a Mac. Maybe you want to save the fantastic BGM from a YouTube video to listen to it on your local device later. Or, maybe you want to use the audio in your own videos. Either way, you will need to extract the audio first.

In fact, extracting audio from YouTube on your Mac is easy with the proper tools and methods. This article will show you the exact steps and operations. No matter what device you use, Mac, MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro, you can follow this complete guide.

It is illegal to download other people's music or audio for commercial purposes without telling the producer. Please don't infringe on others' intellectual property rights.

How to Extract Audio from YouTube Video on Mac[Easy!]

Besides, if you want to extract audio from YouTube without losing quality, a tool called EaseUS RecExperts is necessary. After extracting, this tool can save the extracted audio in various output formats on your Mac, including WAV, MP3, AAC, etc. Download it from the button below right now!

This screen and audio recorder is most recommended because it can extract audio from a downloaded YouTube video or record YouTube audio directly from the website. Both ways are easy to operate and with a high success rate. What are you waiting for? Follow the steps below to start now!

🚩Option 1. Extract audio from a downloaded YouTube video:

Extract Audio from Video

After that, choose a file format and save the extracted audio to your local device.

🚩Option 2. Record audio from an online YouTube video:

Step 1. Launch this software, choose the "Audio" icon from the left side of the interface, and enable the System sound option beside the REC button.

Choose Audio button

Step 2. Play the YouTube video that you want to capture the audio track in your browser. When you are ready, click REC to start your recording.

Start YouTube audio recording

Step 3. To finish it, you just click on the red square icon to stop the recording.

Stop YouTube audio recording

Download Audio from YouTube with VLC

VLC Media Player is mainly a multimedia file player. However, not many people know that it can also be used as an audio recorder free download and YouTube downloader for Mac. If your Mac computer is running macOS X 10.7.5 or later, you may have a try on this tool.

To rip audio from a YouTube video file or download YouTube music, you will need the URL or the video/audio. Then, this tool will do the rest for you. The audio quality downloaded is satisfying for most people. Now, let's follow the steps below to download audio from YouTube.

Paste YouTube URL to VLC

Step 1. Go to YouTube and copy the video/audio that you want to get audio from. Then, launch VLC on your Mac and hit "File" > "Open Network" at the top menu.

Step 2. Then, paste the YouTube URL to the new window that appears. Hit the "Open" button, and VLC will analyze the YouTube video information.

Step 3. When VLC plays the file automatically, click on the "Windows" > "Media information" from the drop-down menu.

Step 4. Go to "Location" and copy the full URL. Then, open the copied YouTube URL in your Safari browser. Right-click on the content and hit "Save Video As" to save the file on your local device.

STEP 5. Relaunch VLC Media Player and click "Media" > "Convert/Stream" from the Menu bar. Drag and drop the local YouTube file to VLC and select an output audio format to save the extracted audio.


This post shares two programs to extract audio from YouTube on a Mac computer. Each program has its own advantages. However, if you want to make things simpler, you may record the audio you want from the YouTube website directly. And to do this, you will need to download and install EaseUS RecExperts from the button below.

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Extract Audio from YouTube Mac FAQs

If you still have doubts after reading the above content, check these FAQs and their answers below.

1. How do I convert YouTube to MP3 on a Mac?

You may use the EaseUS Video Downloader software to download a YouTube file to MP3. Just follow the steps below:

Step 1. Copy and paste the YouTube video URL to EaseUS Video Downloader and click "Search".

Step 2. Click "Download" and choose "MP3" in the Audio section to continue.

Step 3. Select a quality for the MP3 file and wait for the downloading process.

2. How do I download high-res audio from YouTube?

Step 1. Launch the YouTube Music app and click on your profile picture. Then, tap on "Downloads & storage".

Step 2. Tap on "Audio quality" and choose from the three download audio quality options.

  • Low: The bitrate is 48kbps AAC & OPUS.
  • Normal: The bitrate is 128kbps AAC & OPUS.
  • High: The bitrate is 256kbps AAC & OPUS.

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