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Old 09-11-2012, 06:35 AM   #1
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New to Linux--want to convert Youtube to MP3


I just started playing with Linux (Mint 13). My first desire is to figure out how to get a Youtube video to MP3 conversion On The Fly without going to some website. I find info on this, but it is over my head with the command terms like FFMEPG (?) or youtube -dl. In time, I may understand this, but now, it's at 3000 feet altitude. Can anyone bring down to my level. I do know how to open the terminal window. Thanks for any help.

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Old 09-11-2012, 07:28 AM   #2
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If you are using Firefox as your web browser you can simply add an extension that allows you to do it, there are a plethora of options at your disposal.
However, while I understand that you don't want to go to a separate website, I have personally used http://www.youtube-mp3.org/ to replace a damaged track from a cd that I purchased and it worked great.
I simply opened the site as a separate tab and was easily able to click back and forth. All I had to do was paste the link in the provided box and click convert. Then selected download mp3. No commands to enter, nothing difficult to learn.
 
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:59 AM   #3
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Other than browser extensions, you can also paste the link of the Youtube page you're watching in jdownloader to be able to download the video/audio in every format/resolution available.
You'll need a java runtime environment to run jdownloader, though.
 
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:24 AM   #4
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Thanks for those responses. I'll give those suggestions a try. I would not have a problem building a script. I just don't know what all the commands involved are doing. I could just parrot it and go with it, but it does take away the understanding and the hands-on advantage of Linux.
 
Old 09-16-2012, 06:19 AM   #5
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Other than browser extensions, you can also paste the link of the Youtube page you're watching in jdownloader to be able to download the video/audio in every format/resolution available.
Probably the easiest way to do it.

Though I'd suggest trying to find the MP3 somewhere else. Converting a lossy codec (like MP3) to another lossy codec creates a lower quality file. Since youtube has used MP3, AAC, and ogg vorbis for audio encoding, it can be hard to know when your downloaded MP3 is actually converted from another lossy codec.

BTW, note to admins/mods- seems to be a inconsistent policy here about youtube and downloading stuff. I've seen some threads closed for asking this ('its against the youtube terms of service') while others keep running.

Maybe a more definite policy would be a good idea?

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Old 09-16-2012, 11:15 AM   #6
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BTWE, note to admins/mods- seems to be a inconsistent policy here about youtube and downloading stuff. I've seen some threads closed for asking this ('its against the youtube terms of service') while others keep running.
I've just checked the terms of service: 9 prohibits downloading without permission and 5.1.C prohibits viewing by any means other than the website. So, they don't allow downloading. I wonder how many millions do it anyway?
 
Old 09-16-2012, 12:47 PM   #7
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the MPAA at work

not to long age Hollywood PAID $$$ to people for advertising there content
and the RIAA paid people to advertise the musician

now YOU pay them to advertise
 
Old 09-16-2012, 02:04 PM   #8
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You can also use audacity to record it if you just want an mp3.
 
Old 09-16-2012, 04:24 PM   #9
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You can also use audacity to record it if you just want an mp3
rip it right off the sound card

MS killed that option off on windows

also what version of firefox?
the slightly older version has a Cache folder
/home/YourUser/.mozilla/firefox/????.default/Cache
 
  


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