While you can create playlists within YouTube itself, there are some slick apps that make the process much easier, and do it with style. If you want to use YouTube as a way to listen to free music, create playlists, and keep up with your favourite singers’ latest hits; check out some of the websites and apps listed below.
StreamDrag allows you to create playlists of music that is available on YouTube.
You don’t have to register for an account to use the site, but the advantage of signing up for a free account is being able to save multiple playlists. Search for your favorite songs and add them to your playlist. Once you’ve got your playlist up and running, you can share specific songs with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Delicious.
MuzakBox takes a simpler approach by essentially creating the playlist for you. You choose the artist you want to listen to and MuzakBox does the rest – pulling all of the songs from YouTube into one list. Of course if you’re the kind of person who gets bored listening to one artist for too long, MuzakBox isn’t the ideal choice for you.
YouTube Music Player addon
Firefox users can benefit from the YouTube Music Player Addon. Once installed, a new menu item will be available in your browser where you can access all of the YouTube Music Player controls, from searching, to add songs to your playlist, to playing them. Accessing these controls opens up the addon in a sidebar in your browser. Search for songs and add them by right-clicking the results.
Once a song has been added to your playlist it is highlighted in red. YouTube Music Player is jam-packed with features, allowing you to create and save multiple lists, preview videos before adding them to your list by hovering over the specific search result, and giving you full control of playback with shuffle and repeat settings. Playback settings can be accessed from the Firefox menu, from the status bar, or from the small window that opens displaying the video itself.
JukeFly gives you a whole lot more than just songs from YouTube.Searching for any given artist results in a full discography, an artist bio, and the site even displays the lyrics of songs as they play.
For all its bells and whistles, however, like MuzakBox, you can only listen to one artist at a time. While signing up for a free account allows you to create playlists – that doesn’t mean playlists of YouTube videos, but rather from your local music library which you can stream from anywhere using their Windows software. Like StreamDrag, JukeFly allows you to share your favourite songs directly with your Facebook and Twitter friends, or via email.
YouTube Jockey is a slick Adobe Air app which allows you to create one playlist at a time. Search for and add songs to your playlist, and then you can choose whether or not to display the video as it plays. Don’t worry – there is nothing you have to do to save your playlist – it will automatically be saved for you to return to when you open the app. While it’s great to have a cross-platform desktop app that allows you to easily create YouTube, being able to create and save multiple playlists would make it even better.
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