YouTube-mp3.org will shut down: Cliqz offers an alternative

With the built-in Video Downloader of Cliqz Browser, you can download the audio track of a YouTube video and save it as audio file. You will no longer need a stream ripping service.


Björn GreifEditor

According to media reports, the popular stream ripping service YouTube-mp3.org is about to be shut down. This is due to legal disputes with the music industry. The ad-financed online service converted the audio track of a YouTube video into an MP3 file, which the user could then download for free. The website is still accessible; however, the conversion fails with the note: “There is some Maintenance going on. Please try again within the next hour.”

The stream ripping service offered on YouTube-mp3.org is no longer working.
The stream ripping service offered on YouTube-mp3.org is no longer working.

If you are looking for an alternative, you should have a look at the Video Downloader integrated in Cliqz Browser. It allows you to download the audio track of a YouTube video and save it as audio file. When opening a YouTube video, a download icon appears next to the browser bar – if a download is possible. A click on the icon opens a dialog where you can select the download format.

With Cliqz's Video Downloader, you can just download the audio track of a YouTube video and save it as audio file.
With Cliqz's Video Downloader, you can just download the audio track of a YouTube video and save it as audio file.

Downloading only the audio track of a video is great for music clips or concert recordings! Normally the audio-only format is M4A with a bit rate of 128 Kbps. At a running time of around 4 minutes, the downloadable M4A file is approximately 4 megabytes in size.

The Video Downloader is part of Cliqz for Windows and Mac, Cliqz for Android, and Cliqz for iOS. You can download the desktop versions directly from our website. The mobile versions are available in Google’s Play Store and Apples App Store.