Y2mate, One of the World’s Largest YouTube-to-MP3 Converters, Officially Shuts Down In the US & UK

The y2mate site in the United States as of August 1st, 2021

The Y2mate site in the United States as of August 1st, 2021

Y2mate, one of the largest YouTube-to-MP3 converters in the world, is suddenly calling it quits in multiple countries.

Y2mate is officially offline, at least in the United States, United Kingdom, and for a percentage of Australian users. The site, at y2mate.com, is one of the largest YouTube-to-MP3 converters (or ‘stream rippers’) in the world. “Our service has been discontinued as of August 1, 2021. Thank you all. Y2mate team,” the US-based site read as of August 1st.

That notice is also appearing in the United Kingdom, according to a report this morning from Torrentfreak.

It’s unclear whether shutdowns are also happening worldwide, though Digital Music News has only been able to confirm shutdowns in the US (where we’re based), Australia (based on a user report), and the United Kingdom as noted. But as of August 3rd, the site remains available in other countries, including European countries like Germany, The Netherlands, South American countries Argentina and Brazil, and Asian countries like Singapore and Korea.

Those availabilities were also confirmed in testing by Torrentfreak, though it remains unclear if those installations will also be shuttered. In summary, the Y2mate site itself appears to be functional, but is getting geo-blocked based on the country. That is now also the fate for both FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com, both Russia-based YouTube-to-MP3 converters that have also been shut down in the US and UK.

In Australia, one user reported that Y2mate.com is unavailable. Instead of the usual page, the following message appears: “Access to this website has been disabled by an order of the Federal Court of Australia because it infringes or facilitates the infringement of copyright. 1800 086 346 for information.”

Other Australian users have reported that they can access the site, however. That includes a commenter below, which DMN can now confirm with our own tests of the region.

The shutdown appears to be the result of a long-running battle with the RIAA, which represents major recording labels Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment.

Back in May of 2019, Digital Music News first reported that the RIAA had launched a major attack against Y2mate, specifically by issuing subpoenas against domain name registrant Namesecure and CDN Cloudflare.

That may have been part of a far broader attack against the video stream-ripper in multiple countries worldwide. But it’s currently unclear if Y2mate is getting shut down in specific countries or faces a complete global shutdown.

Early August 3rd, the RIAA responded but declined to comment on the Y2mate situation to Digital Music News.

According to SimilarWeb, the stream-ripper draws more than 128 million visitors monthly. Its largest markets are — or were — the United States, Mexico, India, Japan, and Colombia, according to the web traffic tracker.

More as this develops.

25 Responses

  1. y2daddy

    ive been using this for like 6months and I went to download a clip and I was like… tf?

  2. krissy

    I’m Australian, and the website hasn’t shut down for me.

    • STRONG FIT JERECK

      REPORTING THIS PROBLEM OF LIMITING VIDEOS 24 HOURS YOUTUBE IN THE FEEDBACK DOES NOT RESPOND UNLESS ONE DOES IT CONSECUTIVE. THIS MODE IS BAD THEY SHOULD PUT YOUTUBE CHAT WITH A REPRESENTATIVE SO THE PROCESS IS FASTER. I HOPE THAT THIS MESSAGE REACHES YOUTUBE OR THE CREATOR OF THIS PAGE THAT I AM WRITING DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS

  3. Strong Fit Jereck

    Wow how unfortunate that no one knows that YouTube has huge errors. Even they don’t realize it.

  4. Dennes neson

    If you use a VPN in Luxembourg, you can normally access this site

  5. jimmy

    You can use Y2Mate.is they are providing youtube video downloading services in a legal way.

    • STRONG FIT JERECK

      YOUTUBE DOES NOT REALIZE THE BIG MISTAKES THAT MAKE ON THE PAGE THE REASON OF LIMITING VIDEOS EVERY 24 HOURS. THAT YOU CANNOT DOWNLOAD UNLIMITED VIDEOS ONLY LIMITED THEY DO NOT TELL YOU HOW MANY VIDEOS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD PER DAY.

      • Strong Fit Jereck

        YOUTUBE THAT IS GOOGLE THEY HAVE CHANGED A LOT. YOUTUBE IS STRICT THAT THEIR CHANNEL MAY DROP THE STARS DUE TO THIS PROBLEM OF LIMITING VIDEOS EVERY 24 HOURS 🌟 🌟 THE CONSEQUENCE LATER THERE MAY BE COMPLAINTS FROM THE CREATORS OF THE YOUTUBE PAGE ABOUT THIS PROBLEM OF LIMITING VIDEOS.

  6. Nobody Watches YouTube Anymore

    There’s nothing worth downloading from YouTube anymore, unless you like to watch D-list internet “celebrities” smooching with Fauci.

    • Buck McCarnell

      You seem to underestimate how many people still watch YouTube. Plenty of people go there for music and entertainment, and do so on a regular basis.

      Just because you don’t, doesn’t mean nobody else does.

    • Rex

      Are you kidding loads of us use youtube for music!😉😉😂😂

    • Jacky D

      Wow wtf I always went to that website I was trying to download music to pit on while working (if I use YouTube my phone just turns off and I’d have to keep unpausing) but I cant because of fucking RIAA. Cant believe its gone

    • JM

      My dude, do you live under a rock? Youtube is literally one of the largest media platforms out there with a wide variety of content to choose from.

  7. Melan Chloe

    “There’s nothing worth downloading from YouTube anymore, unless you like to watch D-list internet “celebrities” smooching with Fauci.”

    I was just about the say the same thing. How unfortunate that the counter-balance to mainstream media has mutated into another mainstream media / government mouthpiece.

  8. Cedrick

    RIAA and every single DMCA happy bastard is so unbelievably outdated that their archaic asinine methods are more detrimental than it is beneficiary to any music producer. Who wants to deal with a record label company that is so proud of where they place their AIDS infested dick on that they don’t even stop for a moment to consider getting their addled manhoods checked out?
    Fuck the RIAA, and Fuck every single 3rd party and 1st party companies that proliferate this cancerous scam that cripples the music industry as a whole in DMCA hell. Streaming sites and E3 were a testament to just how unchecked these self masturbatory DMCA happy scamming fuckwits are so out of touch. So afraid to face the truth that they are obsolete.
    Fuck them.

  9. pp man

    what is the point of deleting this website? i used this website for ages downloading all the stuff and now its gone. 2 years.

  10. David

    A soldiers salute to this team I’ve been using the site for three years and the app for a year so I was saddened to hear this

  11. Texconsin

    I use this only to keep a permanent record of my new home’s construction progress, posted by the seller’s agent who emails me the link. Is it a copyright violation to save audio and video recorded to ME and for ME regarding MY OWN future home? I think not!