Mp3 Download Future
What’s the Future of Video to MP3 Converters?
With a third of young people aged between 16 and 24 using video to MP3 converter sites to convert music videos from YouTube, label companies have been quick to declare these sites the “biggest piracy threat to the music industry”. Given that the music industry is waging war against these sites and in some cases successfully causing the shutdown of major platforms such as YouTube-mp3, one must wonder what’s in store for video to MP3 converters.
Will they survive the coordinated crackdown initiated by representatives of the music industry, or will they continue to operate despite efforts to bring legal action against them?
Legally Grey Area
Label companies are set on tracking down and bringing legal action against YouTube download sites, however, the task in not simple, especially that some digital rights groups are fighting back. The argument in favour of these sites is that their simple existence does not infringe copyright laws and there’s a growing library of online videos that are licenced for free use and modification. Plus, many videos contain tracks that are no longer subject to copyright laws. Therefore, even though some users use these audio extraction services for unlawful purposes, the service itself cannot be considered unlawful.
Therefore, while the music industry is vilifying these services, digital rights groups are standing up for them, arguing that the problem is not the service itself, but the way some people intend to use it.
Video to MP3 Converters vs Streaming Services
Besides the legally grey area in which these sites exist, video download sites are facing competition from music streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music. Although the option to download and listen to music offline is tied to a premium subscription that starts at $9.99/month, some do prefer the convenience of these streaming services over video converters.
Another potential blow for YouTube download sites is the launch of YouTube’s very own Premium services – YouTube Premium and Music Premium – which come with download capabilities, offline listening, background play, and no ads. The price? YouTube Premium costs $11.99/month and includes access to Premium Music, while Premium Music, if purchased separately, costs $9.99/month.
Still, these prices may not be affordable to every budget, and especially not the budget of teenagers currently using video to MP3 converters.
The great appeal of “stream ripping sites” lies in the fact that they’re free and accessible to everyone. They’re easy to use and although slower than premium services, they get the job done fast enough. It’s unclear whether anything will come of the crackdown proposed by label companies and other representatives of the industry and what changes are to be expected as a result. It’s unlikely that these services can be banned since there are plenty of examples of lawful use cases that legitimize their existence.
It’s perhaps more likely that stream ripping services will continue to exist alongside music streaming services, and potentially face a bigger competition from these services as they become more varied, accessible, and affordable to the public.