How to: Rip Videos and Music From YouTube

I’ll bet there’s at least one song or video out there that you wish you had on your iPod. Or one that you’d like to watch or listen to where there’s no Wi-Fi. Well that’s why in this “How To” I’m going to show you how to rip music and videos from YouTube and other music/video streaming sites.

Difficulty level: Easy

What you need:

  • An Internet connection
  • RealPlayer SP for Mac, Windows, or Linux
  • 5-10 minutes

Cost: Free

WARNING: If you can buy the video somewhere else like iTunes, it is probably illegal to download. Geeks Rule is not responsible for any content you download, legally or illegally.

First download RealPlayer SP. This will allow you to download and convert your videos and music from YouTube and other media streaming websites. During the installation make sure the check-box for the “Download This Video” button is selected. Then, find some music and/or videos to start with. Once you’ve found some, you can simply click the”Download This Video” button above the video and it will begin downloading. When the download is complete you then simply press the “Convert all” button.

Now a new window appears. Select the video type and where to save it. Hit the “Start” button and your download begins. If you have a music video and you just want the audio, you can do pretty much the same thing. Just change the video type to MP3 and save it in your music folder.

When your download completes, you will be asked if you want to add the music/video you just downloaded to iTunes. (If you don’t have iTunes, you won’t see this.) NOTE: The message will only appear if you leave the window open and don’t minimize it.

That’s all there is to it! Now you can grab music and movies from YouTube or almost any other website.

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