13 Awesome (and Free) Tools to Rip Audio From Video

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Has it ever happened that you come across a music video video on YouTube and just feel like downloading the audio track, not the entire video? or may be you want to extract the amazing songs from that boring movie DVD? You’d need an audio ripper, a software that can extract audio from video, to accomplish both these tasks.

The following list talks about 13 such tools that can rip audio from video. Only tools that are free are included. Although Windows only software dominates the list, you’ll both find both cross-platform, as well as web based software among them. Check it out.

1. Pazera Audio Extractor

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Pazera Free Audio Extractor, as the name suggests, is a free software to rip audio from video files. The tool is Windows only, and can extract audio from a variety of file formats like AVI, WMV, VOB, MP4 and more. The output formats could be MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC etc. The good thing about this tool is that it comes with certain pre-defined settings, and is straight-forward to use. You can also use it to convert audio from one format to another.

2. Oxelon Media Converter

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Previously mentioned Oxelon Media Converter can also extract sound from video files apart from acting as an audio / video converter. The tool integrates conversion and extraction options in the right-click menu, so you could just right click a video file and start the process. It offers a special direct stream copy feature to rip high quality audio from AVI and other video files.

3. Any Audio Converter

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Any Audio Converter is another Windows only freeware to extract audio from video files. It can rip audio from all kinds of video formats to MP3, WMA, WMV, ACC and more. It can also extract sound tracks or songs from DVDs. The tool is from the same folks who created the cool DVD Smith Movie Backup that rips DVDs to your computer.

4. AoA Audio Extractor

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AoA Audio Extractor has both free and paid editions. The freeware can rip sound and background music from video files, including FLV (flash files). You could also use it to extract specific portions of the audio instead of the entire track.

5. Audacity

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Audacity is probably the best known audio editing software that’s free and cross-platform, meaning it has versions for Windows, Mac and Linux. Although there isn’t a direct way to do it, this tool is quite advanced and can be used to rip audio from certain video file types. If you are an experienced Audacity user and know how to use it to extract audio from videos, do share that knowledge in the comments.

6. iExtractMP3

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iExtractMP3 is a software for Mac users that can extract the sound from FLV files (the link is the translated version of its original site in Japanese). It doesn’t reduce the quality of audio while extracting it. Here’s a guide on using this tool.

7. VidtoMP3

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VidtoMP3 is a web based tool to convert videos from sites like YouTube, Megavideo, Vimeo etc to MP3 files that can be downloaded to your computer. A nice way to convert online music videos to MP3 audio tracks.

8. Free Video to Audio Converter

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We profiled Free Video to Audio Converter few months ago on this site. It’s a robust audio extractor for Windows computers, and can do almost all the things you would want an audio extractor to do, all in a simple and easy to use user interface.

9. Free Audio Editor

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Free Audio Editor (yeah, a lot of these tools have the word “free” in their name) is a feature-rich audio extractor that can, apart from stripping audio off the video files on your PC, also download YouTube videos and rip audio from it. It also supports audio recording, noise reduction and many more advanced features.

10. Video2mp3

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Video2mp3, a tool we first mentioned in our mammoth YouTube guide, is a simple online tool to convert videos to MP3s in standard as well as high quality. The resultant file can be downloaded to your computer.

11. YouTube to MP3 Firefox Add-on

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The YouTube to MP3 add-on for Firefox can help Firefox users directly download YouTube videos as MP3 files by adding convert and download as MP3 link. It also works on sites like DailyMotion and MySpace, and is created by same folks who developed Video2Mp3.

12. Avidemux

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Avidemux is a free, cross-platform video editor that, apart from its primary function of editing videos, can also demux (or rip) audio from video files. It’s available for Windows, Linux and Mac. Here’s a tutorial on using Avidemux to extract audio from video.

13. Free DVD MP3 Ripper

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Finally, we have Free DVD MP3 Ripper that can extract audio as MP3 from DVDs (.VOB files), VCDs and MPEG files. The software hasn’t been updated for a long time, but still seems to work well. The user interface is self-explanatory, and it helps you get the job done quickly.

So, which ones of the above you’ve used before? Which ones did I miss?

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  • http://www.ampercent.com Amit

    yet another awesome list.. I use Pazera and Audacity for extracting audios from videos.

    • Abhijeet

      Thanks buddy!

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  • Raman

    Another website would be http://www.videodroid.org/ and you can use “Easy YouTube Video Downloader” extension for FIREFOX, CHROME, OPERA & SAFARI to make things even easier – http://www.yourvideofile.com/ .

  • Roi

    There is also http://www.dvdvideosoft.com
    They have tons of free software, including Video to MP3 and Youtube to MP3.

  • Neil Hirtle

    You can also use Gom Player by right clicking and selecting Audio and then Advanced Audio Capture.

    • Abhijeet

      Sounds good Neil.

  • Myself

    Using Audacity to extract audio is pretty easy. Just load the video file, then select the export option to choose what format to save it as. This is how I make ring tones out of youtube videos.

    • Abhijeet

      Thanks. I wonder why you need to hide your name and use a fake email id when you are sharing something useful. Didn’t get the reason behind that. :)

      • An

        Probably because s/he likes anonymity and doesn’t want to run the risk of putting his/her email up on the web where a spam crawler can snatch it. :)

  • Leon

    The free version of the latest Real Player also does a good job of converting video to audio.

    • Abhijeet

      Thanks Leon. Didn’t know that.

  • Bigjohnny

    For Windows, I use WinFF, based on FFMpeg. http://www.winff.org

    • Pat

      Agreed. WinFF is clear and clean, small download and fast conversions. There is also a Linux version so handy if you switch back and forth between operating systems.

  • http://www.pcgeekblog.com/ Gouthaman Karunakaran

    Great article!

    I have a friend who is visually challenged and he’s been searching for one of these. Hopefully, he’ll be able to save a lot of disk space by ripping just the audio from all the movies he’s got.

    • Abhijeet

      Glad this article can help him.

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  • digital | epitome

    Do you prefer one app over another? If so, for what reasons? Thanks for putting this together.

  • arnnb

    stupids, u missed vlc player. google to know how vlc an be used to convert video and audio

    • Jacob

      for those of you who dont know what VLC Player is its just like every other media player out there, only difference is that if you have a corrupted or broken file it will play them, it can convert as well. in my opinion VLC Player is the best one out there.

      Here is the info i got from my knowledge on VLC Player:

      VLC Video formats:
      MPEG-1/2, DIVX (1/2/3), MPEG-4 ASP, DivX 4/5/6, XviD, 3ivX D4, H.261, H.263 / H.263i, H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC, Cinepak, Theora, Dirac / VC-2, MJPEG (A/B), WMV 1/2, WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1, Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime), DV (Digital Video), On2 VP3/VP5/VP6, Indeo Video v3 (IV32), Real Video 1/2, Real Video 3/4

      VLC Audio formats:
      MPEG 1-4, MP3, AAC, Vorbis, AC3 – A/52 (Dolby Digital), E-AC-3 (Dolby Digital Plus) 3, MLP / TrueHD 3, DTS, WMA 1/2/3, FLAC, ALAC, Speex, Musepack / MPC, ATRAC 3,Wavpack, Mod (.s3m, .it, .mod), TrueAudio (TTA), APE (Monkey Audio),Real Audio 2, Alaw/µlaw AMR (3GPP), LPCM, ADPCM,QCELP, DV Audio, QDM2, QDMC (QuickTime), MAC

    • Friend

      Dear arnnb, this is a great work where several of the softwares which some of us are unaware of are discussed. If possible, be constructive by adding more useful data than calling someone stupid. Even I too like VLC and use it regularly. But what we like need not be liked by all. Kindly mind your words as they reflect what we are

      • Shaw

        Ignore him, he’s stupid.

  • HaveYouEverConsidered

    Just used Pazera (the portable/no install version) and also extracts to FLAC. Pretty straightforward and worked well.

  • Discusdan 7 Maddog

    vlc will play just about anything. Simple interface, no heavy graphics ( though you can get skins that look cool), small memory footprint, and always free of adware, toolbars to install etc. (Just one that’s an easy opt out for google). Extreme versatility from all audio video formats, to ripping cd, DVD, file format conversions and extractions.

    cons: Very plain interface, and it takes some work to figure out how to use many of it’s advanced capabilities. Could be more intuitive. Some special audio effects will crash the computer and are worthless.

    It will play almost anything without having to install external codec packs. I’ve used it for more than 10 years without it ever gumming up a computer. Solid, reliable swiss army knife with incredibly sophisticated technologies in a plain vanilla wrapper. A real sleeper….

  • amr mafia

    now i have a video of a play i was acting in!! I want to take off the sound of the crowd so that my voice while acting would be clear. Does any of these programs have this option???

    • Vali

      Well, you can use the functions Audacity has for this, or any other more advanced audio editing software (non-free obviously). This is a much more elaborate editing than just extracting the audio track from a video file.

      What you want to do is find several sections in the audio track of the video where ONLY the crowd noise is heard, the longer the sections found the better.
      Then you can use the sampling functions of advanced audio editors to sample (duh! :-)) the pattern of the crowd noise (it actually quantifies it).
      Then use a noise reduction plugin that can use patterns and samples like this to turn down the volume of the audio that matches that pattern, ergo the crowd noise.
      I do not recommend to just simply cancel it, but turn it down instead. If you cancel it it is very likely that the process give false positives and cut down also other sounds, like your voice, for example. Just turn it down as much as your voice goes through clearly.

      I remember I did this in the past using Sound Forge and some noise canceling plugin of it. But don’t exactly remember the steps. Just Google it, it will turn up, I’m sure.

      What you need to understand is that this is no exact science, it goes pretty much by trial and error, although you can learn and be good at it by gut feeling. ;-) Also, the bigger the noise on the record and the weaker the useful signal and sounds, the harder is to get a decent result, or maybe even impossible.

      Godspeed.

  • king kaki

    If you want to remix or create new audio clips for your project. There are three mthods: OS X Lion’s built-in encoder, Lion’s QuickTime Player and a third-party program called iFunia Media Converter for Mac.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jereomy.kiser Jereomy Kiser

    To rip audio using audacity simply open the video file with audacity and export as wav. or mp3.

  • bubby

    Use the “import raw data” in audacity to get the audio from video

    • Dak

      Actually if you import audio and select the video it will pull the audio from the and remove DC offset and normalize it automatically. Once it’s open you are then able to export as wav, mp3 & etc. I have only tried this with FLV, WMV and MP4 files though.

      All I’ve ever gotten from importing raw data in Audacity is noise.

      • Saya

        Import it as audio file (not raw data) and you’ll get the right audio sound. I’ve tried it with .flv (YT) video and it worked. (and don’t forget to install the FFMpeg)

  • explodinggut

    for mac, i’ve used mac the ripper – awesome dvd extractor – into mp3. audacity for editting after ripping. great combo!

  • durgaprasad

    great to you Abhijeet..thankyou alot! :-)

  • durgaprasad

    loved Pazera Audio Extractor, very fast converter ever found and just used it…amazing and thanksaTon to MrAbhijeet… :-)

  • http://mominternet.com/ MomInternet

    I really appreciate this list, thanks. I can say that the one I use most is the Any Audio Convert.

  • http://rautamiekka.org/zoltansoftware/ Jouni Järvinen

    What about eRightSoft SUPER ?

  • Livia Alexandra

    Hey, I’ve been using this little tool called Reincubate Video Converter and works just fine for what I need, converts to a variety of formats and has some editing features that will let you rip audio from video, see how you like it:

  • http://www.yepi250.com/ yepi

    Great article! i will download and install for my pc. Thanks

  • brucewillisuk

    Hi Abhijeet, Great stuff and thanks for doing the legwork ! I have used something called YTD downloader and works fine but I note it downloads at rate of 2mb/s producing both mpeg file and wma file from a You Tube video . The mpeg is 900mb big V 100mb for the wma file. Can any oft hese programs you list avoid creating the mpeg file ie just produce the wma element only – what I am trying to achieve is to speed up the process and use less of my limited monthly download allowance – it looks like wma V mpeg is roughly 9: ratio so being able to extract only WMA can make a big difference. Many thanks

  • FullRetard

    To extract audio from video via Audacity, just download all the related FFmpeg/LAME programs at http://lame1.buanzo.com.ar/ and restart Audacity.

  • Aloha

    do you know if there’s a way to recover audio? For example I took a video (.mp4) format on my phone and the video comes through but does not have any audio

  • Bella

    Hey, If you’re still using this blog. I have a website that has a video. I’d like to extract the audio from the website. Since I can’t purchase the song from Amazon.de

  • GVK

    VLC seems to do (and just about everything else) this well. On ALL platforms! It ROCKS!

  • Arnold

    This is a random bag of untested software. Pazera refused to install on my W7 machine quoting a ‘network error.’ Free Video to Audio Converter was flagged as a virus by both Comodo and Avast. You need to test your software before making a blog page of it dumbass.

    • fck arnold

      Shut the f..k dumbass. if you are so smart go try to create a dumbass page like this.. f…k u arnold

      • Funnyman

        Some free sw can contain malwares, spywares …. íts common !
        My friend, please calm down and go get the girl next door so you can rip …. her instead. lmao.

        • http://rautamiekka.org/ Jouni Järvinen

          I’ve nearly ever had any malware in any free softwares, so either you’re getting your shit from shitty place, or you’re 100% infected.

  • vickas sharma

    superb software!!!!!…………….itz very easy top access………..thanz!!

  • bawiret

    Faasoft’s great “Video Converter” and “Audio Converter” are probably the two best choices to extract audio from video though. I’ve been using them for a while now.