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YouTube MP3 Conversion Sites Close Under Legal Weight of Music Industry

Three major YouTube MP3 conversion services have closed in the last week as the music industry continues its legal pursuit of piracy.

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Fans of have it pretty good on . It is possible to view and/or listen to your favorite tracks in the studio and live, and unlike a streaming service like , it is free. While ad revenue can be made, the music industry has an uneasy relationship with YouTube. In terms of YouTube downloaders, record companies have been much less tolerant.

MP3 conversion tools essentially allow users to turn YouTube videos into MP3 music files. Yes, this means free, albeit illegal, music. Record companies have gone after developers behind such tools aggressively. It seems the war has paid off as some MP3 conversion tools folded this past week.

Legal pressure seems to be the cause of the closures. Pickvideo.net says it is shuttering after receiving a cease and desist order. Video-download.co and EasyLoad.co are also closing, citing the YouTube-MP3 legal action as the reason.

The music industry has been clear in stating MP3 conversion tools are a bigger threat than torrents. Major regulatory bodies like the IFPI, RIAA, and BPIhave gone after YouTube-MP3, the largest MP3 ripping site. That case resulted in a settlement when the website agreed to shut its doors.

Industry Win

If the biggest developer, which enjoyed one-million daily visitors, was closed to close, what about smaller companies? The last week has provided an answer as many smaller providers have closed. The music industry is enjoying a major victory in its battle against piracy.

Of course, these kinds of victories have also occurred against torrent websites like Pirate Bay. As we have seen in those cases, websites have a habit of cropping back up under a different name or hosted in a country that is more tolerant of piracy.

Whether websites like Pick-Video will return in one guise or another remains to be seen.

There are also many other online YouTube downloading and conversion websites such as mp3dl that are still working.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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