A list of the top 10 Chrome music extensions that add a soundtrack to your web surfing.
We all love a little background music while browsing the web, but finding software that provides a hassle-free listening experience can be a challenge.
We’ve already provided a list of free alternatives to iTunes and the top 10 free music streaming services, and now we’ll go over a number of Chrome extensions that also offer a viable music streaming option.
Designed to allow you to tap into different online streaming services, including Google Play, Last.fm, Spotify, Grooveshark, and more that will make sure you’re never stuck in silence again.
Music + is designed for use with a Google Play account. Installing this extension gives you Last.fm integration, extra information about albums and artist biographies, and the ability to fetch lyrics for individual songs. Music + enables you to control your music library through a pop-up, or global keyboard shortcuts, so you can change tracks without switching windows.
Last.fm is one of the most popular online music streaming services, and the Last.fm extension integrates the player with your Chrome browser. Listen to music via Last.fm, pause, repeat, skip and shuffle using the pop-up. You can also buy tracks, turn scrobbling on or off, and adjust the player’s volume. Like the website, you can also use the extension to listen to your friends’ playlists, and create your own.
GroovesharkMenu’s charm lies in its simplicity. This extension is designed to provide you with the most basic of playback functions for Grooveshark, leaving you free to get on with whatever you’re doing. Play/pause or skip tracks from any Chrome window and, well, that’s it.
Deezer gives you access to over 15 million tracks from your Chrome browser. Search for your favorite artists and albums, or get recommendations from the Deezer editorial team. Although Deezer is a Chrome extension, the app’s interface is more like the website than a pop-up player.
With its focus on radio, MixCloud is slightly different to other extensions on this list. It gives you access to podcasts, DJ mixes and radio shows, and allows you to promote your own. The MixCloud service hosts a wide range of radio programs and music, and you can search and filter to find what you like, or discover new music. The extension also comes with comment and sharing options, so you can share your favorite tracks and shows with friends.
Songstr is a music search engine that combines results from Grooveshark, Deezer, Spotify, Rdio and YouTube. Get full tracks, previews and videos by searching for an artist, song title or album. You can also purchase music through the extension, however you need to have an account with the service you’re using to purchase before doing so.
7. Drive Tunes
Drive Tunes is designed to let you play audio files straight out of Google Drive. Compatible with MP3 and M4a files, this player allows you to store your music in Google Drive, and retain the ability to queue and access it too. Using Drive Tunes, you can search all songs stored in Google Drive, activate a shuffle feature to create a random playlist, order songs alphabetically or based on the number of plays, and play songs from selected folders.
Earbits Radio is designed to spread new music and allow users to create a customized radio stream sans commercials. Find both well-known and up-and-coming bands through Earbits, play their music, connect with them through Facebook and Twitter, and share their music with friends. The Earbits radio team choose which music to add to the service, and only play artists they work with directly, so they also host frequent competitions, promotions and giveaways for users.
We’ve been discussing Spotify for a while now, and the music streaming service is more popular than ever. There’s Spotify radio where you start with a song you love, and Spotify will do the rest. It’s perfect if you don’t know what to listen to, or if you’re in the mood for something new. You can also find new music by browsing the collections of friends, artists and celebrities.
Rdio lets you listen to millions of ad-free songs wherever and whenever you want – even offline. Follow your friends and other people with great taste in music, and find new music to listen to. Make your own playlists, and collaborate with friends on theirs. Search and find any song, album or artist and listen to it immediately.
What’s your favorite music extension for Chrome?