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youtube listen to free musicIn one of our latest polls, we asked you what your favourite music streaming service is Your Top 3 Online Music Streaming Services [MakeUseOf Poll] Your Top 3 Online Music Streaming Services [MakeUseOf Poll] Read More . A lot of those services are great, and I personally use a few of them myself. But sometimes there’s a song, here or there, that I can’t find. The one place I know that I’m always going to find them is on YouTube.

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

StreamDrag allows you to create playlists of music that is available on YouTube.

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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.

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MuzakBox

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.

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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.

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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.

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JukeFly

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.

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YouTube jockey

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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Also be sure to check out our in-depth review of Muziic Stream YouTube Songs On Your iPhone/iPod Touch With Muziic Stream YouTube Songs On Your iPhone/iPod Touch With Muziic Read More for another way to use YouTube to listen to your favorite tunes.

Do you use YouTube to listen to music? Let us know how in the comments.

  1. dianne lien
    October 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    As a 'newbie' this comes in perfect timing...I appreciate all your time and effort to show your readers how to do different types of things. The internet is amazing, there is so much to learn. MakeUseOf has become an information resource for me. Thank you, Nancy❢

  2. dianne lien
    October 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    As a 'newbie' this comes in perfect timing...I appreciate all your time and effort to show your readers how to do different types of things. The internet is amazing, there is so much to learn. MakeUseOf has become an information resource for me. Thank you, Nancy&#10082

  3. Atmofunk
    October 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    http://playinurtubez.com was made as a playlist looper, for this very purpose.. almost a year ago.

  4. Atmofunk
    October 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    http://playinurtubez.com was made as a playlist looper, for this very purpose.. almost a year ago.

  5. hyperlexic
    October 1, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I wish they had better API support for PHP developers. My sites simply grab playlists and organize them to my needs. But fighting with the ridiculous Zend Gdata library to make this happen pushed me to build me own client library - something i wasn't looking to do.

  6. hyperlexic
    October 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    YOUTUBE itself makes it pretty easy to create playlists and is quickly becoming a pandora substitute for me.

  7. Free iPad
    October 1, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I like the firefox addon, might give that a try.

  8. Karl L. Gechlik
    October 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Wonderful article. I love the new blood :)

  9. Ryan
    September 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Don't forget about http://www.eyeball.fm

  10. Ryan
    September 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Don't forget about http://www.eyeball.fm

  11. JazMinderr
    September 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Musicpod.com also uses youtube to make playlist

  12. JazMinderr
    September 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Musicpod.com also uses youtube to make playlist

  13. Headsets
    September 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I think the better way to make it is to be a DJ.

  14. Denilson
    September 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    What about just plain http://www.youtube.com/disco ? Was it mentioned? If so, my fault for overlooking. Thanks!

  15. Denilson
    September 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

    What about just plain http://www.youtube.com/disco ? Was it mentioned? If so, my fault for overlooking. Thanks!

    • hyperlexic
      October 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      yes. they keep messing with the UI, because the RIAA HAS to be watching this like a hawk. You could generate a single-artist playlist and click 'add all to playlist' in two clicks. You can do still do it pretty easy, but they keep moving it around. i'm sure they don't want to pay the fees and feature cripple Pandora went through.

  16. Jói
    September 27, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Don't forget Dragontape... http://www.dragontape.com/

  17. Jói
    September 27, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Don't forget Dragontape... http://www.dragontape.com/

  18. Mohan Arun L.
    September 27, 2010 at 4:36 am

    impressive. What I need is the option 'add to queue...' being available on the list of suggestions youtube provides on the right.

  19. Tim Brookes
    September 26, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I really like MuzakBox! Very impressive and it looks pretty swish.

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