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YouTube officially discourages downloading of videos and puts significant programming barriers in the way of doing so. Your downloads may be breaking on purpose.
Dear Leo. There's a current problem with converting from YouTube to mp3 files. This has been OK for many weeks in the past. I've been using video to mp3 by simply entering the URL address and a conversion to mp3 has been no problem. However, at the moment, this program does not function and similar conversion programs do not work. Do you have any information to aid in this matter?
In this excerpt from Answercast #35, I look at how YouTube protects online videos from being downloaded and how that will often break software meant to download those videos.
The problem isn't so much a technical one (although it is) as much as it is a... I'll even call it a legal one.
Here's the deal:
What you're attempting to do with YouTube is against YouTube's terms of service.
They don't want you to be able to download YouTube videos or convert them to other formats. It is essentially a form of piracy when you do so.
What they do is every so often make a change on their site; it may be intentional to thwart these kind of programs; or it may be a change for some other reason that accidentally happens to cause these programs to begin failing. But they don't care.
They don't want these programs to work in the first place.
What you're doing is not officially supported by YouTube and it's actually actively discouraged by YouTube.
Now, having said that, there are many programs that do this kind of thing – and they all face exactly the same problem when YouTube makes a change: they all break.
The thing to do is to keep an eye on new versions of that software that you're using. See when they update to chase the changes that YouTube has made.
My guess is the program that you're using will be updated at some point in the not-too-distant future to take into account any of the changes that YouTube has made. Then, they'll start working again.
But that's really what it boils down to – it's a game of cat and mouse, if
you will, with YouTube making changes to essentially prevent these kinds of
programs from working – and then these programs making changes to account for the changes that YouTube just made.
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