How to Download Music from YouTube With or Without Premium

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February 1, 2024

YouTube allows users to enjoy online music for free through its ad-supported plan, but the free version does not support downloading music for offline playback. If you prefer listening to YouTube Music without an internet connection, one option is to subscribe to a paid membership. With the Premium subscription, you can download songs, albums, and playlists for offline playback.

However, there’s an alternative way to download YouTube Music content without Premium. You can enjoy YouTube Music offline with a Free account.

In this article, we will guide you through how to download YouTube Music songs with both a Premium and a Free account. First, let’s begin by highlighting the distinctions between YouTube Music Free and Premium.


Differences between YouTube Music Free and Premium

To listen to YouTube Music for free, all you need to do is sign up and start listening to the music. However, if you want to become a paid member of YouTube Music, you can do so through either YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium. The table below provides an overview of the prices and features for the free and Premium plans of YouTube Music.

YouTube Music FreeYouTube Music PremiumYouTube Premium
Music LibraryAlmost all YouTube
Music content
The entire YouTube
Music Library
The entire YouTube
Music library
Audio qualityUp to 128 kbpsUp to 256 kbpsUp to 256 kbps
Background play on mobile devicesN/AYesYes
Download for offline listeningN/AYesYes
Audio-only musicN/AYesYes
Additional featureAd-free YouTube videos
Other YouTube video features

For uninterrupted listening experiences without ads and the option to play songs offline, YouTube Music Premium is an excellent choice.

If you’re also a regular video viewer of YouTube, YouTube Premium is a compelling option, as it not only removes ads but also provides additional video-related features like offline video downloads and Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode.

However, if you don’t mind occasional ads during your music sessions and don’t prioritize offline playback, you can stick with the free YouTube Music plan to save money.

How to download YouTube Music songs with Premium?

YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium members can download playlists, songs,  albums, or podcasts for offline playback, but only on your mobile device. Downloaded content can only be played within the YouTube Music app and cannot be transferred to other devices or used with other programs.

There are two ways to download YouTube content and listen offline on your Andriod and iOS:

Option 1. Turn on Smart Downloads

With Smart Downloads (formerly Offline Mixtape), the YouTube Music app will automatically download music based on your previous listening history, adding recommended content to your library for offline listening. To enable Smart Downloads on your mobile devices, follow these steps.

  1. Open the YouTube Music app on your Android, iPhone, or iPad.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner.
  3. Select Downloads "".
select downloads

  1. Tap Settings "" (the gear icon) on the top.
  2. Switch on Smart Downloads.

Option 2. Choose specific playlists, songs, or albums to download

For any song, playlist, or album within the YouTube Music app you want to download, use the following steps.

  1. Launch the YouTube Music app on your Android, iPhone, or iPad.
  2. Find the song, playlist, or album you want to download.
  3. Tap Menu (three dots) 
  4.  Select Download "" from the pop-up menu.
download a song

For the albums and playlists download, you can also click the Download Arrow on the album or playlist details page.

download a playlist

How to download YouTube Music songs without Premium?

For those seeking to download YouTube Music with a free account, there’s a reliable software tool called Pazu YouTube Music Converter. This tool allows you to download YouTube Music songs, albums, and playlists, regardless of whether you have a free or premium YouTube Music account. Plus, you don’t need to manually copy and paste YouTube/YouTube Music links, as Pazu YouTube Music Converter features a built-in YouTube Music web player. With Pazu, you can search for your favorite songs within the YouTube Music catalog and download them in lossless quality with full ID3 tags.

Once you have converted songs from YouTube Music into standard formats, you can transfer and play them on any compatible device. Let’s take a look at the detailed steps.

1. Run Pazu YouTube Music Converter 

To get started, download, install and run Pazu YouTube Music Converter on your Mac or Windows, which features a built-in YouTube Music web player.

After the installation is complete, launch the Pazu YouTube Music Converter on your computer. If you have already purchased a license, click the key icon to register the converter. If not, continue using the trial version.

YouTube Music Converter

You can sign in to your YouTube Music account to access your playlists.

2. Customize the Output Settings

Click on the “Setting” icon in the upper right corner to open the Setting window in which you can customize the output format, output quality, output folder, file name format, how output songs are organized, interface language, etc.

download settings

3. Add songs

Browse or search to find the songs, albums, or playlists you want to download. Click the album or playlist you want to download. Then click the red icon to load songs. 

choose YouTube Music playlists

All songs in the playlist/album will be selected by default. You can uncheck the songs you don’t want to get.

choose YouTube Music songs

4. Download Music from YouTube Music

Click on the “Convert” icon and the program starts to convert YouTube Music songs.

convert YouTube Music to MP3

After the converting is complete, click on the “clock” icon in the upper right corner to find the converted YouTube Music songs from the local directory.

YouTube Music to MP3 converter