Two Ways to Capture YouTube Audio on Mac

Cheryl Bennett
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"I'm trying to capture the audio file from some YouTube videos, audio only, any suggestions on how to do it?" – A User asked in a Mac forum.

Watching YouTube videos is enjoyable, but if you are away from an internet connection, and you like to listen to podcasts, lectures, or only audio music when you work, drive, or exercise, streaming video is more than you can run. In this case, you may want to capture YouTube audio file for offline listening.

In this article, we'll show you two ways to capture YouTube audio on Mac, and you can listen the audio files saved from YouTube when you work, or exercise offline.

Two ways to capture YouTube audio with tools on Mac

Option 1: iFunia YouTube Audio Capture

To capture YouTube audio on Mac, you can use iFunia YouTube Downloader. It is designed specifically for batch downloading both YouTube audio and video offline with ease, saving you much time.

The interface of iFunia YouTube Downloader is simple and makes it so easy to capture audio files from multiple YouTube videos at a time for you. What’s more, you also can download audio files from other video streaming sites like Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and many more. Following several simple steps below, you are able to capture audio from YouTube successfully:

Step 1. Download and install YouTube audio capture app from iFunia on your Mac.

Free Download macOS 10.11 or later

Step 2. Launch the YouTube audio capture app, and find the videos on YouTube that you want to grab the audio.

Step 3. Copy the YouTube video URL and paste it into the app. This YouTube audio capture app supports batch downloading. You can add as many videos as you like to it at a time.

Add urls to capture YouTube audio with iFunia YouTube Downloader for Mac

Step 4. The app will start analyzing the videos after you add the URLs and then will list all the videos that you want to take audio files. Now, you can choose the audio format (m4a, webm, or mp3) that you need as output. You can take m4a as the output format, which is compatible with iTunes, iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

choose output to save YouTube audio with iFunia YouTube Downloader for Mac

Step 5. Click the “Download” icon to initiate the work. A few seconds later, you’ll get the downloaded audio files from YouTube on your Mac.

Pros of using this iFunia YouTube audio capture tool:

  1. Support downloading YouTube audio files in a bunch, saving much time for you
  2. Support choosing the output format from multiple audio formats
  3. Can convert downloaded YouTube audios to many other audio file formats
  4. Easy to use
  5. Support many other video streaming sites too
  6. The free version has 3 times downloads
  7. Work on Mac and Windows

Cons:

  1. Pro version is not Free

Option 2: Capture YouTube Audio with Free Online Audio Recorder

Another tool you can use to capture YouTube audio is Free Online Audio Recorder from Apowersoft. This free audio recorder is a web-based tool, no registration required. You can use it to capture YouTube audio by starting with system sound, microphone or both of them simply.

Step 1. Open the Apowersoft free online audio recorder in the browser. You’ll need to install the launcher at first on your Mac computer if you haven’t used it before.

Capture YouTube audio with free online audio recorder

Step 2. When you are ready to capture YouTube audio that you wish, click the “Starting Recording”, and it will turn to open the Mac online launcher.

Step 3. Now you can click the “record” and starting YouTube audio capture on your Mac.

starting capture YouTube audio with free online audio recorder

Step 4. When you completed saving your favorite YouTube audio, you can find all the recordings in library.

library of saving YouTube audio with free online audio recorder

Pros of using this online YouTube audio capture tool:

  1. Free
  2. Compatible with Mac OS and Windows

Cons:

  1. Can only save one YouTube audio at a time, if you want to take multiple YouTube to audio, you have to do repetitive operations

Comparison of iFunia YouTube Downloader and Free Online Audio Recorder side-by-side

Products

Platforms

Price

Pros

Cons

iFunia YouTube Downloader

OS X 10.10+

FREE: 3 times downloads

Pro with Unlimited Downloads: $19.99

Downloading YouTube audio files in a bunch

Supports choosing the output format

Easy to use

Supports many other video streaming sites too

Pro version is not free

Apowersoft online audio recorder

macOS and Windows

FREE Online

Compatible with Mac OS and Windows

Can only save one YouTube audio at a time, if have multiples, it’s time- consuming

Verdict

Well, to capture YouTube audio on Mac, it’s easy to do the task with tools. If you only want to download a few YouTube audios offline and with a limited budget, you could try Free Online Audio recorder; While if you would like to take numbers of YouTube audios for offline listening, I would suggest you to get iFunia YouTube Downloader pro version, which can do the job well within clicks, and supports many other streaming video sites too.

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Cheryl has been writing tutorials, reviews, and how-to articles on consumer apps since 2016. She specializes in multimedia products and is always testing on Mac, PC, and various devices.

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