YMusic Review: Not Better, Not Worse, Just Different

YMusic, one of our favorite apps -with it’s trademark rocket in space theme- recently got a total makeover, much to the dismay of its fans.

We took the plunge to find out the cause of all the fuss, with hopes that one of the best designed YouTube downloaders out there hadn’t changed into something unpleasant.

We were in for a surprise.

It turned out that by the time we took a look at the app, it had made the transition from a fully-committed YouTube downloader to a much less focused blend of generic music player and downloader – a change that was apparently caused by YouTube not being keen on allowing third-party downloads from their servers. The esteemed developers had to go the distance needed to keep the app running- by forking over this iteration of the app from Jockey, an open source music project. Not as terrible a change as some would claim it to be but one that, perhaps, represents a deviation from the path that made YMusic stand out in the crowd.

The app still gets the job done but it’s not as personalized as before—it’s new lean towards being a music player makes it seems as though the YouTube download function has become only an afterthought.

That aside, the app itself, taken as a wholesome product, still does a great job. Opening it up for the first time brings up a clean logo, one that will set the pace for the UI in-app. The homepage is your music library, with tabs like Playlists, Songs, Artists et al in view. A search logo at the top right is customary for apps like this and the sidebar offers sparse options, with Settings most likely going to be the only one of interest to you.

At face value, this is just another music player, one with a clean, fluid UI and just about no other noteworthy features. Most of that changes when you hit the search button. Search for a keyword, as usual, brings up results from your local library, but a quick scroll downwards – or hitting the return button – reveals the feature that makes this app worth a thought. YouTube downloads. Online videos sourced from YouTube are listed, with options to Play, Enqueue, Save offline-download, or open in YouTube.

Play allows you to stream the audio, and save offline gives options for you to download in a host of formats and resolutions. Your downloads go to a folder, one that you can set in the settings page.

In Settings, there are theming options, one to include or exclude particular folders from your library, an equalizer, and a download manager. These features aren’t spectacular but ensure that the app stays up in the music player race, with the equalizer being particularly impressive. Get YMusic here

Verdict

YMusic was something amazing and it still is, albeit in another form. It does a good job of combining a decently featured music player and an efficient YouTube downloader. Worth the install.

Pros

  • Clean UI
  • Nice equalizer
  • YouTube search

Cons

  • No share button
  • Equalizer should be more accessible

Enjoy!

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