YouTube will soon release a streaming music service to compete with the likes of Spotify, but if you want to turn the world’s largest video sharing site into your own personal jukebox, you don’t have to wait for YouTube’s first-party platform to arrive. An app called Streamus is proving quite popular thanks to its ability to turn YouTube’s music library into an in-browser streaming service.
There’s nothing particularly complicated about Streamus: You download it from the Google Chrome store, install it as an extension on your web browser, and search up whatever song you’re craving. All Streamus does is play the audio from that song in the background while you continue to go about your merry Internet business. It’s a very simple app, and that simplicity is what makes it so useful and appealing.
Streamus has been around for months, but it is just now beginning to garner some serious mainstream attention. I’m sure YouTube’s streaming service will be cool, but the developers of Streamus know it is most important to keep it simple, stupid.