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Turn YouTube into a desktop music app.

Hello! Obviously the computer has a wide variety of uses. It can be used for work or study. However, it is also a source of entertainment. Moreover, many users use it to play music while working. It is well known that there are popular streaming options. Such as Spotify or Deezer. On the other hand, some users use YouTube just to play their favorite music. Well, today we will use that website but with a different approach. Stay with us to find out how to Turn YouTube into a desktop music app.

With Headset, we will turn YouTube into a mini music player.

As mentioned, YouTube is often used as a music portal. But let’s be clear, this mode is outdated and inconvenient. Inasmuch as, it involves taking up a browser tab. In addition, you are constantly checking the settings. So today we will show you a different approach. Indeed, HeadSet is an open source project hosted on GitHub. It is also cross-platform, so it is available for Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux. Additionally, it is possible to build different versions from the source code. For Windows users, simply download the executable file from the developer’s website.

Downloading Headset
Downloading Headset

Configuring Headset. Assigning API key.

The installation process is as easy as any Windows app. However, starting to use the app is another story. Indeed, at the beginning of the project, the app provided a single API for all users. However, as time went by, the number of downloads grew. In addition, YouTube started to limit APIS. Therefore, each user is required to provide their own API. Don’t worry, it’s a very simple process to do. You just need a Gmail account and follow this simple guide. Finally, you will get the API key. Please copy it.

Copying the API key
Copying the API key

Then paste the key into the program window.

Pasting the API key in Headset
Pasting the API key in Headset

First steps with Headset

The first thing you need to know is that this app has two versions. One is free and the other is a paid version. Obviously the paid version includes premium features and is free of advertising. However, the free version is very complete and performs very well. In addition, it is a fast and simple app with an integrated search engine. Also, the home screen includes a list of popularity by genres and eras.

Headset playing music in Windows 10
Headset playing music in Windows 10

A very interesting aspect is that it incorporates a radio powered by Reddit. Indeed, in this network there are multiple subreddits dedicated to discovering and sharing new music or rediscovering hits from the past. The app takes the songs that are shared on these subreddits and makes them available to the user.

Radio running on Headset
Radio running on Headset

This is a different way of listening to music. Since the selection is made by humans and not by algorithms. However, the app is ready to search and play music easily. Now, if you want to create collections, playlists and bookmarks, you must create an account. Finally, Headset should display the video in an external window. This window can be minimized but not closed. To meet YouTube requirements. However, it is easy to get used to. Very well, ultimately we have seen how to turn YouTube into a desktop music app. Bye!

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