I read somewhere that it is possible to rip youtube videos (music only) without the need for converting it into an mp3 as such.

The online conversion process (naturally) results in loss of quality, and (apparently) it is possible to preserve the original video’s audio quality via a direct rip. If so, how would it be done and what format would it be in anyway?


  • ѕєχυαℓ ρσℓутσρє
    7 months ago

    This is what I use for my personal archive:

    yt-dlp -f bestaudio/best --extract-audio --embed-metadata --embed-thumbnail --recode opus --audio-quality 0

    It does recode to opus but since the bestaudio is usually in that format already, you don’t need it most of the time. You can skip the --recode opus part if you want to. I keep it because I like having a “uniform” collection. You can probably change the bestaudio/best part to simply bestaudio without losing much as well.