Sometimes YouTube is the best way to listen to that one song that’s been stuck in your head for the last week. However, tracking down the song and waiting to load the video can be tough, especially if you’re on a cellular network with a limited data plan.
What if there was a way to listen to that particular song on YouTube without the video?
Concept and Functionality:
As someone who used to be into YouTube music videos, I actually stopped because of the data it was using on my phone. Plus, what’s the point of playing the video when the phone is in your pocket? Play ‘em solves the problem by effectively separating video and audio, leaving only audio for you to enjoy. This means you don’t have to worry about buffering videos, but you also don’t lose sound quality.
Play ‘em functions just like a normal music player once you find a song you want to listen to. Simply build a playlist by searching for a particular artist or song. You can add an unlimited number of songs to a playlist, so feel free to go wild and crazy with adding them.
I ran a test to try and compare data usage of watching a video via YouTube and listening to the same song via Play ‘em. When watching a video on YouTube for one minute, my phone used roughly 10mb of data, but when I listened to the same song via Play ‘em, I only used around 2mb of data. In short, the app really does help you cut down on data usage without sacrificing audio quality.
Like a standard audio player, users can listen to songs in Play ‘em without having to keep the app open. It plays in the background just fine, which is fantastic because it leaves you free to do other things.
Play ‘em is a solid music app, but it could be a little better. Having the ability to connect with your YouTube account would be incredibly useful, especially for people who have amassed a huge collection of playlists that are populated with their favorite songs already. Essentially the app would display the user’s playlists and they’d be able to select which one(s) to import.
Play ‘em is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. If you’d like to get rid of the somewhat annoying ads, you can do so via in-app purchase for $0.99. My only complaint as far as ads go is that they actually block parts of the screen where you need to tap in order to access areas like playlists and songs. Yes, this means lots of accidental ad taps.
Overall, if you’re on a limited cellular data plan and you want to listen to specific songs without the burden of a video, you definitely can’t go wrong with Play ‘em. It does what it promises, and it does it very well!
Play ‘em requires iOS 6.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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