Google’s new YouTube Music service is subscription only. Pay a monthly fee and you can download, listen to, and view music not necessarily available elsewhere online. Maybe. Or, you can add MusicTube to your Mac and easily listen to and view what’s on YouTube and avoid a monthly subscription fee.
Just. The. Music.
Alright, to be fair, I’m comparing navels to novels here, but you get the idea. Money is at stake. If everyone wants your money– and they do; look it up because we all know there is no free lunch– then finding ways to be entertained without paying a monthly fee is a good thing.
The problem here is that YouTube Music is about music and video and you giving money to Google to watch what you once watched for free. That’s versus MusicTube which is a Mac app which just makes it easier to listen to music on YouTube (and not necessarily, but more likely, the same music you would pay to see on YouTube Music).
What you get for the nominal price tag is MusicTube’s ability to play lots of music in a simply playlist-like user interface that’s instantly usable.
The secret to MusicTube’s sauce is in the playlist and the music controls. The latter are visible at the top of the app and transport controls are ultra simple. The former is an editable playlist. You grab what you want to hear, create the playlist, and MusicTube does the rest, and that includes grabbing album art and mixing music videos with songs.
MusicTube is about as simple to use as a music player can be. It’s not cluttered up like iTunes, doesn’t try to sell you anything, and you’re in control of which music gets stored on which playlists. There are even options to listen to cover songs and live mode for live performances.
Apple Music and iTunes Music Store has over 30-million songs in the music library, but access is either by purchase or subscription. You may not find 30-million songs on YouTube but you might find exactly what you want– music and video– for free.