Websites to Convert YouTube Playlists into MP3s

by Emma Baker, Senior Editor | Published February 15th, 2024 | Reviewed by Ted Wilson, Systems Engineer

From choosing the best YouTube playlist to MP3 conversion tools to tackling common technical challenges, I’ll walk you through some of your tool options, as well as answer some common troubleshooting questions.

Let’s dive into the world of music conversion together, and I’ll show you how to keep your favorite tracks always within reach.

Exploring Different Conversion Tools

There are a few tools available for batch YouTube playlist downloads, but my personal favorites are MediaHuman, YouTube-DL, and YouTube-DLG.

MediaHuman is definitely my main suggestion for those wanting to download YouTube playlists. Even though it is more straightforward as a tool, it is notable for its high-quality audio output, offering up to 320kbps conversion.

One of the main perks of YouTube-DL is its flexibility. It supports YouTube and plenty of other platforms. YouTube-DL’s is meant for intermediate tech-savvy users – YouTube-DL has scripting capabilities to automate downloads, apply filters for selective downloading, and even integrate it into custom workflows.

YouTube-DLG is a graphical interface for YouTube-DL. YouTube-DLG has some of the batch downloading capabilities of YouTube-DL, but it is definitely more limited in terms of advanced features and unique configuration opportunities. 

YouTube Playlist to MP3 Converters

Feature MediaHuman YouTube-DL YouTube-DLG
User Interface Graphical User Interface (GUI) Command-Line Interface (CLI) Graphical User Interface (GUI) based on YouTube-DL
Ease of Use Very user-friendly; suitable for beginners Requires familiarity with command-line operations; steep learning curve for beginners More user-friendly than YouTube-DL, suitable for intermediate users
Key Features
  • Drag-and-drop functionality
  • Supports batch downloading
  • Quality selection for audio (up to 320kbps)
  • Integrated playlist download
  • Supports a wide range of video platforms beyond YouTube
  • Highly customizable download options (format, quality, specific video selection)
  • Scripting capabilities for automation
  • Regular updates to address platform changes
  • Simplified version of YouTube-DL's functionality
  • Batch downloading with a more accessible interface
  • Basic quality and format selection
  • Supports most YouTube-DL functions without command-line knowledge
Technical Requirements Minimal; no command-line knowledge needed Good understanding of command-line operations Basic understanding of download options; no need for command-line skills
Platform Compatibility Windows, macOS, Ubuntu Windows, macOS, Linux Windows, macOS, Linux
Customization Limited compared to command-line tools Extensive; allows detailed control over downloads Moderate; less than YouTube-DL but more than typical GUI converters
Ideal User Non-technical users looking for a straightforward, hassle-free experience Tech-savvy individuals or professionals needing advanced control and automation Users who want a balance between ease of use and control over their downloads

YouTube Batch Downloading Alternatives

Beyond MediaHuman, YouTube-DL, and YouTube-DLG, there are other noteworthy tools and methods for converting YouTube playlists to MP3.

A pretty good alternative is 4K Video Downloader, which is known for its straightforward, easy to use interface and ability to download videos in various formats, including MP3.

Another option is YTMP3.cc, a web-based converter that simplifies the process without any software installation, though it works best for smaller playlists.

For those who prefer a more integrated solution, browser extensions like Video DownloadHelper lets you download videos directly from your web browser.

Each of these alternatives has its unique features and limitations, so it’s worth exploring them on your own to find the one that best suits your specific needs and technical comfort.

Handling Common Issues

Here are some common issues that users might encounter with YouTube to MP3 conversion tools.

What should I do if the YouTube to MP3 converter is not recognizing the playlist link I paste?

First, ensure that the link you’re pasting is correct and complete. If it’s a valid YouTube playlist link and still not recognized, try refreshing the page or restarting the application.

Some tools may require updates to work with the latest YouTube changes, so check if there’s an update available for your converter.

If the issue persists, consider using a different tool.

Why can't I find the downloaded MP3 file even though the tool says the download is complete?

First, check the default download location set in the converter’s settings or preferences. Sometimes, the files are saved in a different folder than expected.

If the folder is correct but still empty, the download might have been interrupted or failed, despite the completion message. Try downloading again and ensure a stable internet connection.

If the problem continues, the software might be experiencing issues, and reinstalling it could help.

The audio quality of my MP3 file is poor after conversion. How can I improve it?

Poor audio quality can result from low-quality source videos or incorrect conversion settings.

To improve the quality, make sure you’re downloading from a high-quality YouTube video.

In your converter’s settings, select a higher bitrate for the output MP3 file, such as 256kbps or 320kbps, if available. Note that higher quality settings will result in larger file sizes.

If the issue persists, it might be a limitation of the converter itself, and you may need to try a different tool.

How can I convert a YouTube playlist to MP3 if the tool only allows single video downloads?

If your current tool doesn’t support playlist downloads, you have a couple of options.

  1. You can manually convert each video in the playlist, which can be time-consuming.
  2. Alternatively, consider switching to a tool that supports playlist downloads, such as MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter or YouTube-DL. These tools allow you to paste the entire playlist link and will automatically process and download all the videos in the playlist.

I'm getting an error message that the video cannot be downloaded. What does this mean?

This error can occur for several reasons.

  1. The video might be restricted in your region, or it could be a private video.
  2. Additionally, the tool you’re using might be outdated and no longer compatible with YouTube’s current format. To figure out if this is the case, check if the video is playable on YouTube directly. If it is, the problem is with the converter tool. Try updating your conversion tool to the latest version.
  3. If the problem persists, the video might be protected by copyright restrictions, preventing it from being downloaded legally.