St. 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 ), 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:
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!
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).