The days of making mixtapes, sifting through your CD’s and even downloading tracks to your mp3 player are truly in the past. Nowadays we rely on our wifi connection to listen to our favorite tracks and playlists, online platforms have become the new record collections, and playlists the new mixtapes. With over 60 million songs, Youtube has become the modern necessity for any music fan. But what about the times when you are away from wifi or deprived of data, whether on a long road trip or out of power in a storm, what are the best ways you can listen to your playlists and watch your favorite videos offline?
From quick and easy online apps to subscription-based services with more than just download features, here are four ways you can listen to your favorite youtube playlist offline.
1. Youtube Red App
Youtube Red is a subscription-based application from the Youtube creators, and the benefits of this app go way further than only listening to your music offline. To get your favorite playlist offline, first, download the app to your device (Android/iOS), choose your song or playlist, tap on the menu icon, and select Save Offline, where you will have the option of saving the audio, SD video or HD video. You can enjoy your video, ad-free, online or offline at any time. Not only do you get to enjoy these great features, but with your monthly Youtube Red subscription, you also get a free subscription to Google Play Music and access to Youtube Red original series and movies. With Youtube sure to expand their original content and to add more features to the Youtube Red application, this is one method that is sure to keep improving with time. You can subscribe for $9.99(USD) per month, or check out their 30-day free trial to see if it’s the choice for you.
2. 3rd Party Apps
There are a plethora of third-party applications out there that allow you to download videos from youtube and other streaming services. Apps like Freemake Video Downloader and Viddly allow you to save your favorite videos to your device and gives you the freedom to enjoy them offline. Viddly Downloader even offers features such as viewing live streams in progress, 8k video quality, 192kps music, and entire playlist downloads. Although they won’t give the benefit of access to your youtube history, they do come with the advantage of being free to sign up. If you don’t mind the ads, they can be a great way to enjoy your music offline whenever you need it.
3. Web Apps
Using web apps is a ‘use at your own risk’ type of deal. These sites often contain irritating ads, pop-ups, and other spam, we know the dangers of accessing this kind of content online so it’s wise to make sure your antivirus and antimalware software are up to date and having an effective ad-blocker is a must.
Web apps such as Peggo and 4kvideo downloader can provide a quick and easy way for you to download your favorite youtube videos without having to download any software or applications. With customizable downloads for single videos or playlists, just paste the URL and choose your desired output.
However the risks from these downloads are real, so you should take all the necessary steps to protect your device from harm.
4. Web Browser Extensions
The final way you can enjoy youtube content on your device offline is through web browser extensions. Safer than 3rd party apps, with less spam and pop-ups and usually offering a free option for signing up, with significant upgrades for premium content users. Google Chrome has a very limited selection of extensions offering youtube downloading features, which isn’t surprising as both Youtube Red and Google Play Music are the main competition. However, Firefox offers some better quality extensions such as Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express and SmartTube which allow for MP3, M4A, WEBM, or only audio downloads. Some of these extensions even work with the youtube interface and include a download button. Giving you another option for getting your favorite songs from youtube offline.
Whichever of these options you choose, you can be sure it’s the time to get your music mixes back together. There is no reason in modern times you shouldn’t be able to listen to your favorite playlists wherever you are, with or without that wifi connection. Follow one of these options and you can enjoy your tunes on the go.