There must have been occasions when you have been browsing YouTube and stumbled across a video you have not been able to access anywhere else. It could be a live performance of your favorite band, footage of an important event or just something else you’d like to be able to keep for posterity. There are various browser plugins that can be used to download videos from YouTube, but this is a dedicated app that can be used to not only download but also convert files between formats.

As the name suggests, you are not limited to working with video formats. Although YouTube is home to millions of video files, there are plenty of files that are really just audio files that are accompanied by an image. These are usually music files, and they are prime candidates for downloading as MP3 files so they can be transferred to an iPod or other player.

Free YouTube MP3 Converter is a standalone program, it is also available as a browser plugin for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.  Using the program itself you can simply paste the address of a YouTube video into the app and then choose the format you would like to convert to. Working with the browser plugin enables you to make conversions as you browse YouTube.

There are a number of readymade templates that can be used to convert videos into formats that are most suited to various devices. Options are self-explanatory and should you find that you use the program to download large videos while you continue to use your computer for other tasks, you can place a limit on bandwidth usage to prevent it from slowing down your internet connection too much.

Note that during the installation, the program will ask if you agree to sending anonymized usage information to the developers as well as installing a browser toolbar. Both settings are optional so make sure to untick the relevant box and select the Custom installation option to avoid anything you are not happy with.

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A YouTube download and conversion tool that can work in whatever way you want to ensure that you can keep copies of the videos you like.