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How-to Download Tracks & Mixes from YouTube, SoundCloud, MixCloud, and Other Streaming Sites
Okay, first of all I don’t condone illegal downloads and I’m not trying to encourage you to abuse these services to bypass paying the artists the funds and royalties they deserve.
I am, however, going to share a few online services that will allow you to rip audio from sites like YouTube, SoundCloud, Mixcloud, and others.
Of course, you should either
A. get the artists permission
B. buy the track/mix
C. check to see if it’s actually free and legal to download based on rights expressed by the artist.
With that being said – here are the tools you need:
For YouTube: SnipMP3
SnipMP3 is about as easy as it gets in terms of downloading files from YouTube. The main offering, KeepVid, by the same people, can pull the video, too, but if you want just the audio than SnipMP3 is the way to go.
The only issue with SnipMP3 is that you don’t get a great amount of choice when it comes to the audio quality which can ruin some of your hopes to play these tracks/previews in your live mixes (which you should probably avoid, anyway, because it’s important to support the artist). But, quality aside, it’s simple and effective for grabbing files without having to download software.
For SoundCloud: SoundDrain
SoundCloud may have the option to download tracks and mixes, when available, but when you really, really want to get your hands on a copy (for your archive, of course) than I’d highly recommend that you take advantage of the service provided by SoundDrain.com.
SoundDrain is straight forward without all the spammy crap you’d find on other download sites. Plug in the URL of the track/mix/preview you want to grab, click ‘Download’, allow it to process, and then begin downloading the file.
SoundDrain won’t generally give you the file size of the file you’re downloading so you’ll need to sit patiently while it runs (which doesn’t take too long).
For MixCloud: Offliberty
Offliberty.com looks like most of the other sites you’ve seen on this list – it takes a minimalistic approach to the design and implementation of its service with the exception that it will also share short links and the ability to share on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and more.
This is the site that works well with MixCloud.
Like the others – place in the URL of the track/mix you’re trying to grab, let it do its thing, and then right-click and ‘save as’ to grab a copy of the file. Plain and simple.
Bonus: HideMyAss, Audacity, and More Sites
Okay, this one isn’t for downloading but used for those in areas where it’s very common to have YouTube (or other streaming sites) preventing you from listening to tracks (Germany does this, a lot).
HideMyAss is an online service that works similar to the download sites whereas you place in the link you’re trying to access – in which it will then run your connection through a proxy thus giving your access to whatever content.
The basic service is going to show you quite a few ads, understandably, but they’re not entirely intrusive as you’d expect and it’s worth the tradeoff if you want to access the blocked content and can’t find better, easier options.
This can be a big deal if you’re in an area that gets a lot of the content frequently blocked especially if you’re trying to keep up with some of your favorite YouTube channels, producers, and fellow DJ’s that are releasing new tracks, previews, and mixes.
Two other things to mention:
A. Audacity, which is free, has an option for ripping streaming audio coming from your computer.
B. This is a list of 37 other streaming music services you could look into and maybe find a program to pull files from them.
That should pretty much hold you over for all your basic music needs.
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