Dirpy Converts YouTube Videos to MP3, but Is it Legal?

Dirpy Converts YouTube Videos to MP3, but Is it Legal?

Sonia Zjawinski
Apr 13, 2010

dirpy-screen-sz-041310.jpg For some reason my husband loves to turn to YouTube when he's in the mood for a particular song that isn't in his music library. If you think about it, the video sharing site is the perfect place to get your one hit wonder fix, so it only makes sense that someone figured out how to keep the audio and get rid of the video.

Dirpy is a new online service that lets you convert the audio from a YouTube video into an MP3 that can then be played via iTunes, Zune, or any other digital music player. Just paste the YouTube video url into the conversion bar on Dirpy's front page, then select what you'd like to name the track, the quality you'd like it to be converted at, and even where in the video you'd like to start taking audio out of.

It's a nice service to use if you need to grab audio to use for a silly project and don't really care how good the audio quality is, but it does raise some copyright issues. Is converting audio from a YouTube video into an MP3 the equivalent of stealing music or is it like recording music off the radio onto a cassette tape?

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