As well known by everyone, today YouTube is home to the largest collection of music in the world. Many of us spend hours listening to the music stored there, but not always using the web browser to listen to the songs is a good idea.

Headset is a free desktop application that gives us the ability to use YouTube as a music source . This will allow you to stream the YouTube audio directly to your desktop. We can think of this application as Spotify without advertisements, with the largest music catalog in the world accessible from outside the web browser.

The Headset user interface is simple to use. Just type a word, the title of a song or the name of the album and select one of the options that will show you the result to start playing it. You can also play lists . With each video that adds this will be added as a new track said queue.

The program has a panel that offers different buttons to add favorites to the songs you like while you listen to them, jump to the previous / next tracks and go to the playlist / track.

The ones listed above are the options you can enjoy while you are not logged in. If you register for a free account you can unlock other features. Some of them are the possibility to create own playlists, tune to ad hoc radio stations, etc.

This is a very fast and simple application with integrated search option. It has a home screen with a popularity list by genres and epochs. The best of your options is perhaps a radio powered by Reddit . In the popular network there are multiple subreddits dedicated to discovering and sharing new music or rediscovering jewels of the past. The radio feature will allow you to treat your music subnets as personal radio stations.

Headseat takes the songs that are shared in these subreddits and plays them automatically when you play. It’s a great way to find new music around the world. It has as a point in favor that this one is chosen by other humans that emit and reproduce, and not by algorithms.

While this application makes it possible to convert YouTube into a streaming music service , it has some annoying features. The main annoyance is that Headset has to show the video in an external window to be able to comply with the rules of YouTube. This is something that you can not even see at first, since it is an older window that is minimized by default. In case the maximizes you can re-minimize it, but do not close it completely. If you do the program would close and stop playing the music.

The developers of Headset indicate that they can not separate the audio of the video by the legal subjects that I have commented. To avoid consuming an excess of width the video reproduces with the lowest quality possible. This will ensure that we do not affect too much reproduction or equipment.

It must be said that if you are happy with playing YouTube in a tab in your regular browser, this app is obviously not for you. As an advantage to point out from Headset would have to say that channels YouTube towards a more familiar desktop application experience. Without the distraction / temptation of the next and colorful thumbnails of recommendations or the overloading of the tabs in the browser. Headset is a different music player that is worth trying.

Download and Install HeadSet

Headset is an open source project whose code is available on GitHub or on its website. Headset is built using Electron, so expect it to use a lot of RAM. Only the Electron wrapper is open source (the core of the application is not). You can download the application different platforms like: Windows, Ubuntu and macOS.

To install HeadSet on Ubuntu, simply navigate to Headset webpage and download the .deb package. You can install it by simply double-clicking on it or by running the following command from a terminal:

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HeadSet: Your Personal YouTube Player for Ubuntu Desktop
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