Listening to music online has never been easier than with the dozens of streaming apps and services that are available as of late. While websites like Pandora, Spotify and Grooveshark offer on-demand music streaming to their members, most of their services and features require a paid membership. If you don’t want to spend money just to listen to music while you work from your browser, then look to using a Chrome extension called Streamus.
Streamus is a simple way to stream music from your browser. The extension provides audio from YouTube videos; there is no membership required, nor do you need to install any software.
To start streaming, download the free extension from the Chrome Webstore.
You should immediately spot the Streamus icon on the top-right corner of the browser. Click on this and a drop-down control window should appear.
From here you can start searching for songs and adding them into a playlist. Simply click on the Play button beside each song to play it or the Plus sign to add it to the current song list. Any song that you play or add appears on the right panel of the player.
Once you’ve added all the songs you want to play you can click on the Save button on the bottom and select “Create Playlist.” A pop-up window will appear, and you can enter a name for the playlist. You can create multiple playlists.
To access your playlists, click on the Menu icon on the top-left corner of the Streamus window. Your playlists should appear along with the number of songs on them. You can play or delete playlists from this window by hovering the mouse over the playlist name.
To clear all songs in the stream, click on the trash bin icon on the bottom right corner of the window. This clears the queue but will not delete the saved playlists.
Some audio and extension settings are also accessible from this window. Locate the three dots beside the music player controls on the top right corner of the window. Click on this and click on Settings.
Here you can adjust default settings such as audio quality and notifications.
Streamus is a quick and easy way to stream music without the restrictions of conventional streaming services. You can add as many songs to a playlist, and as many playlists, as you want. You can access it from the add-on bar of the browser without having to open another tab or window. You can close the streaming controls and continue to work on other things within your browser, and the extension continues to stream.
The only disadvantage I found is that the audio is taken from YouTube, and sometimes it can include dialogue and other noises that happen before, after or in the middle of the song. Keep in mind that some songs are meant to be watched as a music video and not listened to as a lone audio file.
Despite this small trade-off, this handy extension is a great alternative for audiophiles who need music streaming without the hassle.