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3 free tools that transform YouTube into a streaming music service

Ian Paul | July 15, 2015
It's a sad day for music fans who loved to listen to music from YouTube without the videos. The popular Chrome extension Streamus disappeared from the Chrome Web Store on Tuesday, July 14. Current users of the extension shouldn't lose functionality, the extension's developer Sean Anderson told me, as he intends to keep the Streamus database running.

Considering video display was one of the issues that caused Streamus' downfall, don't be surprised if this functionality disappears.

Torch browser

The Chromium-based browser Torch for media junkies runs a YouTube-based music service aptly named Torch Music. You don't need to download the browser to use the service--just visit Torch Music on the web and start listening. Like the other services, Torch Music is not audio-only and displays each track's video in a small window.

Not YouTube

If you don't like the idea of Torch, StreamSquid, or Whyd, there's always your typical services that offer free, ad-supported audio streaming, such as Google Play Music, Pandora, and Spotify.

Streamus may be down for now, but don't count it out. Anderson originally planned to return with his Chrome extension as a SoundCloud-friendly service. However, he told me SoundCloud's terms were even stricter than YouTube's, making it unlikely he'll pursue that option. Streamus could one day return as a separate Chrome app, Anderson said.


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