Most popular song can be downloaded for free from ?Advertising on the Youtube site provides funds to pay the royalties for the music? The music that accompanies Youtube videos can be recorded for free. If your computer has a good sound system, you may want to record your favorite songs and play them back on your computer any time you want. The songs can be played on your car's audio system. Song files can be transferred from computer to car by copying the files to a CD if your computer and car are equipped with a CD recorder and CD player, respectively. Perhaps the most convenient way to transfer files to your car's audio is to use a flash drive. If the car's audio does not have a flash drive input, a mechanically and electrically inclined person can install a radio with a flash drive input. Such a radio can be purchased for under $40 dollars. Flash drives can be purchased for around $10.

Below are basic instructions for recording songs from Youtube. Youtube videos are in .fli format. Car audio systems generally accept .mp3 format. The instructions below tell how to convert .fli to .mp3. Some basic computer skills are required. You need to know how to copy urls from your browser's address bar and how to copy and paste files using Window's Explorer. It's mostly a matter of selecting the url or file name by placing the insertion point at the start of the url or file name, dragging the cursor across the url or file name, right clicking, and clicking on either copy or paste. And you have to be able to locate files in Windows Explorer. That is mostly a matter of clicking on locations until you find the desired files.

It takes quite a bit of time to make a sizable collection of songs. Expect to spent perhaps 10 minutes per song, more or less, depending on your internet connection speed. To me that is worth it. You can make a collection of only your favorites and add songs whenever they become available on Yourtube.

Instructions for four different ways to download music: 1. Download and install MP3 My MP3 Recorder at Select "Stereo Mix" for the input device in the program. Begin playing the Flash video from Youtube or wherever. Click "Record" in the Recorder program. Click "Stop" when the video finishes. Click "Copy" to save what you recorded as an MP3. If mp3 does not record, select Help and follow instructions. Will not work with some computers that do not provide access to stereo mixer for recording, particularly Dell computers.

2. (did not work when tried 20130123) Navigate to Click the circle next to the text "or download it from." Paste the URL address for the Flash video into the textbox. Under "Input format" select "Flash video file(.flv). Select "Extracted audio only (.mp3)" under "Output Format." Click "Convert," then click "download the MP3".

3. (no longer downloads youtube videos) Open in browser. Select the "Download Video" tab (the second tab from the left). Paste the website address for the Flash video into the text box. Select "mp3" under "convert to." Type in your email address in the "email" text box. Click "Convert". An email with the MP3 will be sent to your email address.

4. Go to, search for song, go to song, pause video, select and copy url from browsers address bar, go to or or or, paste url into box, select quality, select convert, if shown option, click 'click here to continue to, select download, wait 20 seconds or select download again, select save, close download box when download completes, copy downloaded file to flash drive if desired. paste into flash drive

Another option is to subscribe to Superpass for $15 per month. For the $15 you get 10 music downloads per month plus access to TV programing and movies. With Superpass music downloads are faster because the music is in mp3 format so you are saved the time otherwise spent in converting .fli to .mp3.

Real Rhapsody's monthly subscription fee is $10. You can test out this service by taking advantage of their 14-day free trail. Some of the music has Digital Rights Management so files downloaded to your computer cannot be transferred to other devices.

My favorite songs (tend to be classic rock):

Good Vibration, Beach Boys
Blowin in the Wind, Boy Dylan
Going Up Country, Canned Heat
Peace Train, Cat Stevens
Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Who'll Stop The Rain, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Woodstock, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Everybodys Talkin, Harry Nilsson
Reno Nevada, Fairport Convention
Truckin', Grateful Dead
Cry Baby, Janis Joplin
Me & Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin
Imagine, John Lennon

Tumbling Dice, Linda Ponstadt
Forever in Blue Jeans, Neil Diamond
Sounds of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel
Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf
Can't Buy Me Love, Beatles
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, Beatles
Desperato, The Eagles
Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams
Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
Let It Be, Beatles
Rock And Roll, Led Zeppelin
Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin
More Than A Feeling Boston

Come Together The Beatles

Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf

Dream On Aerosmith (saved)

Sgt. Pepper's (Reprise)/A Day in The Life The Beatles

All Along The Watchtower Jimi Hendrix

Sultans Of Swing Dire Straits (saved)
Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin (saved)

Heart Of Gold Neil Young (saved)

Time Pink Floyd (saved)

Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf

Every Breathe You Take The Police

Layla Derek & The Dominoes

Here Comes The Sun The Beatles

Take It Easy Eagles

Let It Be The Beatles
You Can't Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones (saved)

No Sugar Tonight/New More Nature The Guess Who

Don't Stop Fleetwood Mac

Over The Hills And Far Away Led Zeppelin (saved)

Born To Run Bruce Springsteen (saved) (lyrics only)

Old Man Neil Young
While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles

Live And Let Die Paul McCartney & Wings (saved)

Lola The Kinks

Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison

Listen To The Music The Doobie Brothers

Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac

It's Only Rock And Roll (But I Like It) The Rolling Stones

The Weight The Band

Life In The Fast Lane Eagles

Get Back The Beatles

Carry On Wayward Son Kansas

Killer Queen Queen

Dreams Fleetwood Mac

Closer To The Heart Rush

Let It Ride Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Creedence Clearwater Revival

For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival

Woodstock Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Won't Get Fooled Again The Who

Angie The Rolling Stones

Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed

Bennie & The Jets Elton John

Down On The Corner Creedence Clearwater Revival

Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan

Something The Beatles (not recorded)

Frankenstein Edgar Winter Group

Ruby Tuesday The Rolling Stones

Somebody To Love Jefferson Airplane

Hold The Line Toto (not recorded)

These Eyes The Guess Who (not recorded)

She's So Cold The Rolling Stones (not recorded)
Maybe I'm Amazed Paul McCartney

Running On Empty Jackson Browne

Instant Karma John Lennon

Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen

Changes David Bowie

Black Water The Doobie Brothers

Welcome To The Machine Pink Floyd

Share The Land The Guess Who (not recorded)
Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh

Magic Man Heart (not recorded)
Southern Man Neil Young (not recorded)
Wild Horses The Rolling Stones (not recorded)
Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton (not recorded)
Going To California Led Zeppelin

Show Me The Way Peter Frampton

Old Time Rock & Roll Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

China Grove The Doobie Brothers

Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

Janie's Got A Gun Aerosmith (not recorded)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pts. I - V Pink Floyd (part I-IV lyrics) (labelled part VI-IX lyrics) (parts I-IX)

Heartache Tonight Eagles (not recorded)
Love Hurts Nazareth

One Of These Nights Eagles (not recorded)
A Horse With No Name America

Got To Get You Into My Life The Beatles (not recorded)

I've Seen All Good People Yes (not recorded)

Mother Pink Floyd (not recorded)

Looking Out For #1 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (no good recording found)
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes Crosby, Stills & Nash (lyrics)

Ramblin' Man The Allman Brothers Band

Night Moves Bob Seger (not recorded)

Hello Goodbye The Beatles (not recorded)

Spinning Wheel Blood, Sweat & Tears

Lyin' Eyes Eagles (not recorded)

Blow At High Dough The Tragically Hip

And The Cradle Will Rock Van Halen (not recorded)
Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar (not recorded)
War Pigs Black Sabbath (not recorded)

Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Jimi Hendrix

Raise A Little Hell Trooper (lyrics good, music less than classic, not saved)

Some Kind Of Wonderful Grand Funk Railroad (not recorded)

With A Little Help From My Friends Joe Cocker

Knockin' On Heaven's Door Bob Dylan

Dream Weaver Gary Wright

Me & Bobby McGee Janis Joplin

Albert Flasher The Guess Who (not recorded)

Come Sail Away Styx

Levon Elton John

Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell

Paradise Tom T. Hall (not recorded)

Take It To The Limit Eagles

Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys, “Wabash Cannonball”

Chuck Berry, “Johnny B. Goode”

The Drifters, “Up on the Roof”

Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are a-Changin'”

Jimi Hendrix, “Purple Haze”

B.B. King, “The Thrill Is Gone”

Leadbelly, “The Midnight Special”

John Lennon, “Give Peace a Chance”

The Lovin' Spoonful, “Do You Believe in Magic” (lyrics)

Joni Mitchell, “Help Me”

Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade of Pale”

Otis Redding, “(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay”

The Rolling Stones, “Time Is on My Side”

Pete Seeger, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”

Stand By Me Ben E. King (not recorded)

Jambalaya Fats Domino

Shelter From The Storm Bob Dylan

After The Gold Rush Neil Young (lyrics)

Saint Louis Blues by W.C. Handy | Cory Hall, pianist-composer (arr. Hall)

Piece of My Heart Janis Joplin (not recorded)

Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Green River”

Bill Doggett Honky Tonk

Canned Heat Going Up Country

Alan Detwiler is the author of Thrivers In An Uncertain Future, a speculative science fiction novel about the changes likely coming in the near future. The novel is available as a Nook book, a Kindle book, and in many other formats at

For a list of Alan's favorite songs go to http:/ music.txt

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