If you’re a music lover, you will love uWall. It’s basically an MTV alternative using YouTube clips. Don’t believe me? Give it a try! At first glance, it looks like a neat way to view popular YouTube music clips. And it is, really. Using uWall means that your search for music on YouTube actually yields music, not interviews. Plus, it’s the good stuff. The best clips are all brought straight to you.
The first page you see is full of the most popular artists they could find on YouTube.
To use it, all you need to do is click on an artist you want to hear. Then uWall will create a playlist of all the best YouTube clips of their film clips and concerts and play them for you one by one without any pauses “” this could go on for a really long time. Anytime you want to change artists, just close it and click on another artist. Browsing down the list is an infinite scroll. Just keep browsing away if you like.
The playlist uWall puts up has the most popular clips up first. This makes it easy to listen to a song you know from an artist you love, then explore through their other tunes while you get on with your work or play elsewhere. But if you prefer to change the order, look at the top of the player and you’ll see a few filters: Relevance; Upload Date; View Count; Rating; Music; HD. Skip ahead just by clicking on the clip you’d prefer to be watching.
In around the same spot is the ability to share the playlist with your friends via Facebook or Twitter.
It’s also possible to set this to full-screen and leave it running as your personalised MTV featuring your favourite artist only.
If you want to listen to popular songs on YouTube, look at the search field. There’s an option to view artists or songs. If you click songs you will find a sea of Katy Perry, Glee and Justin Bieber. Well okay, and a few other stray songs. If you click on any of these you will hear every single version of the song on YouTube “” the song section is perfect for teenagers.
Browse uWall By Genre
But we’re just getting you started. You see, there’s a number of other tricks up uWall’s sleeve. For instance, take a look across the top and you will see some suggested genres you can browse to. These pages are just as full as the first one, so there’s plenty of inspiration.
Down in the bottom right-hand side, there’s a “Discover uWall” section, allowing you to see what other people are listening to. These are the lists which people have sent to Twitter publicly. So your listening won’t show up there unless you think it’s good enough to tweet.
All this browsing is really just for people who don’t know what they want to listen to. If you’re keen to listen to something specific there’s a search field ready and waiting on all pages. This makes it really easy to find the slightly less popular artists. And it just jumps straight up with a playlist for you. The search will find anything in the title or description, so you can get a little creative with it.
Problems & Improvements
In my browsing, I did come across one clip which had had embedding disabled, which brought the playlist to a halt. But this was only once, and I was listening for quite a while. However, uWall could probably improve filtering of these clips a little all the same.
Another thought which springs to mind is that some clips are likely to be unavailable in some countries. This could be a pain for some listeners, so I hope that uWall is filtering out those clips or has plans to let users choose a location filter themselves.
I’d love to see uWall include an option to search for multiple artists. Currently, search items are AND by default, but I’d love an OR option.
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So how much do you love uWall?