How to Configure YouTube Songs to iTunes

Configuring audio from YouTube videos to iTunes-compatible music requires using a program capable of downloading and converting YouTube audio. Although AAC, or Advanced Audio Coding, is the standard iTunes audio format, iTunes also plays MP3, WAV, M4A and AIFF files. Among the many programs available to convert YouTube to AAC and other formats, YouTube Music Downloader, X2X Free YouTube to Audio Converter and YouTube Video Downloader are free for download.

Instructions

  1. YouTube Music Downloader

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      Open your Web browser and visit youtubemusicdownloader.us. Click the "Download" button near the top of the page and wait for YouTube Music Downloader to save to your hard drive. Double-click the ".exe" program setup file to run through the installation process. Follow the on-screen prompts to choose a location on your computer to save the software to, accept the terms of use and launch YouTube Music Downloader.

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      Navigate to the YouTube page with your desired video. Highlight the Web address at the top of the page. Right-click the highlighted text and click "Copy."

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      Click the "MP3/Music" button near the top of YouTube Music Downloader's main screen. Right-click the "Video URL" field and click "Paste" so the URL appears.

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      Press the "Download" drop-down tab and click an audio quality preset option. Best iTunes formatting options include 44 kilohertz Stereo H.264 AAC and 44 KHz Stereo MP3.

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      Click the "Open" button next to the Save To field and choose an alternate save location on your computer, if needed. Press the "Download and Convert!" button on the right side of the screen and wait for your YouTube audio to download, convert and save to your computer.

    X2X Free

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      Open your Internet browser and visit X2X Free YouTube to Audio Converter's homepage. Click the "Download Now" button. Double-click the ".exe" setup file and follow the software's prompts to install the program to your computer. Agree to the licensing terms provided and open X2X Free YouTube to Audio Converter.

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      Browse YouTube and locate the page containing the audio you want converted. Highlight the URL at the top of your browser, and then right-click with your mouse and click "Copy."

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      Click the "Paste" button on the left side of the X2X Free screen to input the audio's URL to the program.

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      Click an output format from the Format drop-down box on the left side of the screen. Options include AAC, MP3, WMA and WAV. Click an audio quality from the Quality menu, located to the right of the Format box.

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      Click "Browse" on the right side of the screen to choose an output path for your converted audio. Select a folder or location on your hard drive to save your file to and click "Save." Press the "Download" button in the bottom right corner of X2X Free YouTube to Audio Converter to begin downloading and converting your YouTube audio.

    YouTube Video Downloader

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      Open your Web browser and navigate to YouTube Video Downloader's homepage. Click the "Download" button on the right side of the page and wait for the program to download and save to your computer. Double-click and run the program's ".exe" file to begin the installation. Follow the on-screen prompts, agree to the licensing terms and open YouTube Video Downloader.

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      Click the "On" button in the upper right corner of the program's main screen to turn on One-Click Download Mode.

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      Click the highlighted "Download" text next to the Choose field and click "Extract Audio."

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      Click the "Save To" button in the top right corner of the screen and click "Browse" to choose a folder on your computer to save your file to.

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      Open a tab or window in your Internet browser and visit the page containing the desired YouTube audio. Right-click the URL Web address and click "Copy."

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      Press the "Paste URL" button in the top left corner of YouTube Video Downloader's main screen and wait for your audio to automatically download and convert formats.

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      Click the highlighted "Show In Folder" text next to your file's icon in the center of the YouTube Video Downloader screen and wait to be re-directed to a new screen. Drag and drop your file's icon on the left side of the page to the iTunes icon on the right side of the screen to automatically add the audio to your iTunes library.

Tips & Warnings

  • Allow several minutes for conversions to complete, depending on the length of your video and your output audio format.

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