TuneTune – YouTube To MP3 Converter Browser Add-on

imageSt. Patrick’s Day is over for another year – and, thank goodness for that. Along with New Years Eve, St. Paddy’s Day, it seems to me, brings out the worst in the non-drinking drinkers who load-up well past their capacity to handle the juice of the barley. As an Irishman (of some renown   Smile ), I do celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – but, in comfort – at home – with good friends – and, a boatload of Guinness.

Traditional Irish music, along with good craic (conversation), plays an essential role in properly celebrating Ireland’s patron saint. So, this year, as in previous years, I turned to YouTube audio ripping to augment my collection of  traditional Irish music (no, not Danny Boy, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, or the like).

Ripping music from YouTube videos is a quarrelsome question. There are those who consider anything downloaded for personal use to be legal. There are those who consider downloading anything that is copyrighted to be illegal – under any circumstances.

The YouTube audio ripping situation presents a different set of legal issues though, it seems to me. I’m not sure I see the difference between saving a YouTube video to disk (which loads of people do), for later playback – and, simply ripping the audio portion for later playback.

There are any number of ways to extract audio from YouTube videos, but many are cumbersome and time consuming. There is a solution thought, that’s neither cumbersome, or  time consuming – TuneTune, a freeware YouTube to MP3 converter. Once this browser add-on is configured, it’s one click simple – more or less.

Following installation, the add-on will append an icon to the toolbar or status bar. This icon will go from gray to color (as shown in the following screen captures), when you’re visiting a YouTube page.

Non YouTube page:


YouTube page:


Clicking on the icon will convert the video from YouTube, to MP3, in one click.

Additional choices are available in the options menu – as shown below.


Here’s a quick walkthrough which will illustrate how quick and convenient this browser add-0n is.

First up – a visit to a YouTube page hosting the Neil Diamond tune – “Hello Again.”


Since I obviously have the add-on installed, you’ll notice the TuneTune icon displayed (in the screen capture above), directly on the YouTube page. A simple click on the icon begins the conversion process – as shown below. BTW, pasting the YouTube link is not necessary.


Following the file conversion, users have the opportunity to customize the converted file, in a limited way – as shown below.


The following screen shot shows the converted file in the directory which I created specifically for this test.


Elapsed time (clicking on the icon to file download completion) – under 15 seconds. That’s fast!

Supported browsers:


TuneTune is available in multiple languages. The current language is changeable by clicking on your language of choice in the footer.

Visit the author’s site – here (TuneTune.net).


Filed under Audio Software, Browser add-ons, downloads, Freeware, Software, YouTube

8 responses to “TuneTune – YouTube To MP3 Converter Browser Add-on

  1. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    I went to the pub on St. Patricks day. The barmaid wanted to put green food colouring in my beer. I can’t repeat my reply to her here. Green beer!!! Sacrilege.
    Hope you had fun and sank a Guiness or ten.

    • Hey Mal,

      lol! Green beer is definitely one step over the line.

      Yeah, had my fair share of Guinness. Still have a few cans kicking around the fridge – but, not for long. 🙂



  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Cans of Guinness; nothing like the “real thing”, unless you use a “surger” (requires special cans). It is the nearest thing to draft Guinness I have tasted. Is this available in Canada? Well worth the investment IMHO.

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      Have to agree – poured more than a few pints in Ireland – heavenly. Cans – not so heavenly. But, I’ll take what I can get. The “Widget” makes a difference but, it’s just not the same. I’ll check out the “surger” next time I’m by the Beer store.

      Back in the day (early to mid 50’s), I’d often get sent to the local on a Sunday by my Gran, to haul back a bucket of “the rare ould stuff”. Can’t begin to imagine that sort of thing happening today. Although, when my son was 13 (in 1989), on a jaunt over to Sligo, the barman not only poured him a pint but wrote his name on the head. A pretty cool experience for a lad.



  3. delenn13

    As George Takei would say…”Oh my!”

    I download videos because, in the past, they have disappeared. Either the user/maker quits the service or because of licensing it is gone…Especially since I am into fanfic of Star Trek…. One day it’s there..the next..Poof!