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Pocket-lint - YouTube Music was announced in , so is a relatively new music streaming service from Google that only focuses on all things music across the video streaming platform. With YouTube Music, you can listen to official songs, albums, playlists, artist radios, remixes and live versions of songs. It is a free-to-use service if you don't mind listening to adverts every few songs, available through a mobile app or web player. A YouTube Music Premium tier is also available to remove the adverts, give you background listening on your mobile device so you can exit the app and continue listening and to let you download songs for offline playback. What you can't do with YouTube Music, is watch ad-free videos, such at cats playing the piano, across the rest of the YouTube site, but there plentiful access to music videos through the app.
YouTube Music Desktop App 1.13.0
Given that many people listen to music primarily via YouTube, it is no surprise that Google has taken the initiative and developed a similar service designed only for listening to music and watching music videos. However, YouTube Music is only available as a browser-based service. YouTube Music Desktop App is an Electron-based application that provides users with an alternative, enabling them to access the service directly from a desktop app. It is a simple wrapper around the web UI, so nothing too spectacular, but it does the job. Assuming your country is among those where YouTube Music is available, and you have used the service before, this desktop application will not seem too different. The UI is essentially identical to that of the web service, as the app is just an Electron wrapper for the website. One big advantage this application has over the web service is the ability to use media keys. You can play, pause, and switch tracks using just your keyboard, and the app can even display desktop notifications on track changes. Moreover, some simple media controls, along with like and dislike buttons, are embedded into the taskbar preview. It is almost identical to the browser-based version of the player, with a few additions like lyrics, media keys and taskbar media controls.
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