Music is the language of the universe. There's nothing like listening to a new song and immediately enjoying it and wanting to keep it with you forever. Downloading a song in 2021 can be tricky with copyright laws and platforms having restrictions on what can and can't be taken offline.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to download songs for free from anywhere on the Internet. This goes without saying but Kapwing does not advise you to download copyrighted music. Only use this tutorial for songs that you have the rights to use: royalty-free, public domain, your own music, or tracks you have permission for.

To download any song, you'll need to follow three steps in Kapwing's online video editor.

  1. Find your non-copyrighted song on YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Tumblr, Soundcloud, or Vimeo.
  2. Paste the link to the song into the Kapwing Studio Editor
  3. Export your song as an .mp3 file.

Step 1: Find a Song On YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Tumblr, Soundcloud, or Vimeo.

In Kapwing, you're able to download videos and audio from many places on the internet, not just YouTube. The first thing you'll need to do is find a song you want to listen to and find it somewhere online. We previously wrote about some of the best places to find royalty free music online.

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How to Download Any Song for Free

Once you've found a song that you want to download, copy the link to it either by copying the URL in the browser or using the share button.

Once you've selected the song that you want to download, head over to Kapwing's Studio. Here you'll be able to trim, split, or just straight download your song if you choose.

Kapwing's Studio with a song added to the timeline
Kapwing's Studio with song added to the timeline

Paste your link right in the prompted paste field. This will import your song from the website you found it on and allow you to edit it online for free.

If you want, you have the option to add a fade to the end of your song by heading to the effects panel. If you're making a playlist this is nice touch. You can also increase of decrease how loud your song is by playing with the volume slider on the right. This is helpful if your song isn't as loud as other songs in your library and you don't have to keep changing your device's volume buttons.

Step 3: Export Your Song As An .MP3 File.

After you're happy with your song and have changed the volume or ending if you chose to do so, you're ready to download your song to your phone or computer.

Export Video and Download Screen
Export Video and Download Screen

First, head to top right red button and hit the red drop down arrow and select the Export as MP3 option. Once your song has been processed, you'll see a download option on the export page. You can download your song or if you want to share it to someone else, you can copy a link to this page and send it to them to download.

Kapwing Download Screen
Kapwing Download Screen

That's how you download music! If you have any other video, photo, or audio-editing needs, be sure to revisit Kapwing. It has dozens of other tools to help you create, save, and edit multimedia content.

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