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These Extensions Make YouTube the Powerful Music Player You Need

Mihir Patkar 10-09-2015

While Apple Music and Spotify slug it out, YouTube rules the roost when it comes to music discovery among teens. Indeed, YouTube remains the best destination to go to if you want to stream songs for free. The only thing better is if you pair it with the right extensions.

For over a year, I have recommended Streamus for Google Chrome, which was the easiest and coolest way to play music from YouTube Streamus Is The Easiest, Coolest Way To Play Music From YouTube In Chrome More teens listen to music through YouTube than any other source. So it makes sense to make it easier to listen to YouTube through your browser. And that's what Streamus does for Google Chrome. Read More . It was simple and neat. The extension sat quietly in Chrome, and all you had to do was click and search to find the song you want. Keep adding songs to the playlist and you’re good to go. Genius.

Unfortunately, despite its 300,000+ users, YouTube shut it down. The company hasn’t done much to offer an alternative either—and no, YouTube Music Key isn’t good enough Google Is Coming For Your Children, Facebook Starts Tagging Satire, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, the HP Stream 14 is revealed, YouTube Music Key is teased, Murdoch compares Google to the NSA, Reddit lands on Xbox One, and Flappy Bird makes way for Swing Copters. Read More . Now that Streamus is off the market, let’s take a look at the next best extensions for YouTube Music.

UpNext (Chrome)


If Streamus didn’t shut down, I probably never would have tried out UpNext. And what a huge mistake that would have been. UpNext is not just the spiritual successor to Streamus, it’s actually better!

It does everything Streamus did: search YouTube within the app, make playlists, shuffle/repeat/scrobble songs, and looks fantastic doing it. UpNext is also faster than Streamus, and remembers your search history. Plus, you can import your Streamus playlists to UpNext! Just export your Streamus playlist to YouTube, then import it to Streamus. This way, you can actually import any YouTube playlist.

UpNext is also more intuitive than Streamus and it’s easier to create and update playlists in this extension. It goes a step further by giving you “Charts” for different genres as well as the current Reddit Top 100 on r/music, which is auto-updated. The community actually has great taste, as we discovered in Reddit’s picks for the best albums of all time The Best Albums of All Time, as Chosen by Reddit The music album represents the optimum expression of musical quality. And while music is highly subjective, there are certain albums widely considered to transcend taste. These are the best albums of all time! Read More .

And to top off this incredible package, UpNext also lets you search on SoundCloud, an underrated service for music lovers Music Lovers: Why Aren't You Using SoundCloud? Discovering a new artist, album or record label that corresponds with your tastes and expectations can be a rewarding experience. These golden discoveries can be few and far between and that’s where I turn to... Read More . Remember, not every song will be available on YouTube, but chances are you might find it on SoundCloud. Between the two services, I was able to find every song I threw at it, including several non-English tracks.

However, be warned that UpNext has the same issue as Streamus—it doesn’t play the video itself, so there’s no telling when YouTube will try to shut this down too.

PlayTube [No Longer Available] (Chrome)


The most commonly suggested alternative to current Streamus users, PlayTube is yet another extension that sits in your extensions toolbar and you can control it from there. The only difference? You’ll need to go to YouTube to search and add songs.

PlayTube is definitely not as intuitive and easy as Streamus. When you’re searching for any song on YouTube How to Search YouTube Like a Pro Using Advanced Search Operators Here's how to use YouTube's advanced search operators, including filters, for better YouTube search results. Read More , you will see a “+Save” button. Click that to add the video to your PlayTube’s “Saved” list.

When you click and open PlayTube, you will find another “+” icon in the top-right corner, which does the same thing as the +Save button. You’ll also see the usual playback controls, a playback slider, a search bar (to search within your saved songs), and three tabs:

In general, PlayTube works pretty well, but the search-and-add feature could be far better. Having to quit the extension, go to YouTube and search for songs to add them? That’s a convoluted process.

Musixmatch (Chrome) [No Longer Available]


Not every YouTube extension for Chrome is about better playback. Sometimes, it’s about adding more to the video you are watching. Instead of manually finding song lyrics 6 Non-Crappy Ways to Find Lyrics for Your Favorite Songs When it comes to music, I'm a lyrics maniac. When the Internet came along, I was looking for lyrics for any new song I encountered, wanting to make sure I really knew what this song... Read More , how about having the lyrics show up as subtitles, automatically in sync with the video? That’s the whole idea behind Musixmatch.

With a catalogue of over 7 million song lyrics, Musixmatch will show lyrics for most popular songs. Just switch on “Captions” in YouTube’s options menu and Musixmatch will match the video with the lyrics. The lyrics show up timed in sync with the song, which is a nice touch, instead of some sort of pane with the full song lyrics.

That said, Musixmatch doesn’t work for every single song you throw at it. I had trouble matching it up with non-popular classic rock as well as several movie soundtracks. But for any popular song from the last decade or so, it works perfectly.

Firefox Has a Problem!


Unfortunately, none of the aforementioned extensions are available for Mozilla Firefox. The last time I looked at the best YouTube music add-ons The Best Ways To Search And Play YouTube Music On Chrome, Firefox And The Web YouTube is fantastic to listen to music quickly and for free. But what if I told you there are browser extensions and websites that make the YouTube music listening experience even better? Read More , I quite liked FireTube. Unfortunately, it seems that the latest Firefox v40 doesn’t support FireTube because the add-on hasn’t been updated.

Now, we definitely recommend you stay safe and update to Firefox v40 Update Firefox Now! Or a Security Flaw Can Steal Your Local Files You need to fire up Firefox and download the latest version right now. Mozilla has issued a critical update that fixes a major security flaw, which could let hackers steal files from your hard drive. Read More because of a critical security patch which can let malicious hackers steal your local files. Unfortunately, that means we can’t recommend FireTube just yet.

And despite Firefox’s great add-ons list The Best Firefox Addons Firefox is famous for its extensions. But which addons are the most useful? Here are the ones we think are best, what they do, and where you can find them. Read More , and the fact that you will soon be able to run Chrome extensions in Firefox Running Chrome Extensions in Firefox: What You Need to Know Soon, you'll be able to run your favorite Chrome extensions in Firefox. This game-changing development is likely to bring about a new renaissance in Firefox users and revolutionize the way extensions are created. Read More , there isn’t currently anything apart from FireTube that deserves a mention. No developer has come up with a decent YouTube music extension for Mozilla’s browser, yet again leaving me trapped in Chrome I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why In the Chrome vs. Firefox war, I'm siding with the Google users. But I don't want to. Chrome is my browser of choice because it has features that I can't live without. Read More . Sigh.

YouTube vs. Apple Music vs. Spotify

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  1. Bill Sech
    August 1, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Searched for "UP NEXT" in Google Store and it is not there.

  2. Eric
    July 31, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Can't install upnext:

    An error occurred:

    Item not found. This item may have been removed by its author.

  3. Anonymous
    November 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Google released official mobile app for music and called it Youtube Music )))

  4. Anonymous
    September 12, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    With about:config Tweaking You Can Install Old Extensions In FF40.


    ( Not An Extension, Just A Site ).

    Since I Discovered STREAMSQUID, I Have Barely Played Any Songs On My Hard Drives.