We all know how massive YouTube is and how wide and deep the choices are within the site. One of the limitations of it is that you cannot (legitimately) download media from it to keep for yourself. For that we need to use other means. I’m not going to get into the legality of copyright and downloading as that is a massive subject and something for your own conscience. However, I will show you how to download and convert YouTube to WAV.
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Why WAV? It doesn’t have to be but it is one of the most popular music formats around as it was created by Microsoft. You may prefer MP3, MP4, AAC, AVI or MOV and that is up to you. The good thing is that you get to select the actual format during the process so while I concentrate on WAV, the instruction will be the same for most formats.
To manage YouTube files you can go one of two ways. You can install a program onto your computer and do it locally or you can use an online converter tool to do the heavy lifting for you. Depending on how often you would want to convert YouTube to WAV, one is going to be more useful than the other. I tend to go for online converter tools. I have enough on my computer as it is!
Convert YouTube to WAV online
If you’re of a like mind, here are some of what I think are the most efficient ways to convert YouTube to WAV online. Each website is current as of December 2016 and as far as I can tell, do not include adware or malware in any of the conversions. So let’s get on with the list.
OnlineVideoConverter does exactly what it says on the tin. It converts YouTube media into a file format of your choosing, including WAV. It’s free and supports a wide range of formats but it has a tendency to be a bit slow, especially at peaks times. Use it while quieter though and it delivers fast, free WAV media. Try OnlineVideoConverter here.
Clipconverter doesn’t support as many formats as some of the other tools but it is fast. Just paste in the URL, select your format, let the website do its work and download the file. The conversion can take a few seconds or a few minutes depending on size and how busy it is. Try Clipconverter here.
The curiously named Office Converter is another online tool to convert YouTube to WAV. You can also use other formats and upload files for conversion too. It has a no-nonsense UI and is just a simple page but the conversion process is fast and simple to set up so wins my vote. Try Office Converter here.
Online Convert offers a huge range of media conversions covering most format types. You can upload or use a URL and download files in most popular audio and video formats. The process is simple, just select the format from the menu on the left, add the YouTube URL or upload a file, select the resolution, sampling rate and channels if appropriate and let the site do its work. Try Online Convert here.
Convert2MP3 does the same kind of conversion as the previous sites but also has another trick up its sleeve. You can search for media using the built-in search engine. Conversion options are limited but what it does it does well. Conversion is fast, the UI is free of clutter and everything just works. Try Convert2MP3 here.
Flvto offers both online conversion and a downloadable tool. I only use the online version so cannot comment on the tool. However, the site is fast, easy to use and works as it should. The UI is simple and has a ‘Most watched today’ section for if you’re looking for inspiration. Try Flvto here.
OnlineYouTube.com is another online converter that makes quick work of converting YouTube to WAV and a variety of other formats. While not the best looking website in the world, it gets the basics right with a simple UI, fast conversion and a no-nonsense download. If you find these other sites not doing it for you it is worth a try. Try OnlineYouTube.com here.
A final quick note about online conversion tools. While I have used all of these sites with no problem, it is always a good idea to check each file with your antivirus or malware scanner before using it. In Windows, highlight the file, right click and select ‘Scan with…’ Choose your antivirus program and let it check over the file. While none of the sites listed have ever included any malicious code into a download it doesn’t mean they never will. It is a useful routine to get into.