Online Music Player TubeRadio

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 29, 2009
Updated • Jan 11, 2018
Music, Music and Video

If you are looking for specific music, chance is that you find it on YouTube. It really does not matter if you are looking for something new, old, rare or popular as YouTube hosts millions billions of songs from artists from all over the world. Several online services have already used that vast repertoire of music through mashups.

Update: TubeRadio is no longer available. A comparable service is not available unfortunately. You can tune in to YouTube Music directly for playlists, new and hot music videos. End


TubeRadio is another service that makes use of YouTube's music offering. The interface of TubeRadio resembles that of Apple's iTunes music management and buying software.

Here is how it works. It begins by entering a song or artist in the form on the homepage of the service. It is alternatively possible to pick one of the artists or genres that are prominently displayed on the homepage.

TubeRadio searches its music database that match the song or artist that you entered or selected. All of the albums that are found will be displayed with the album cover and name.

tuberadio albums

Albums are selected with a left mouse click, and you may select multiple albums. TubeRadio runs a search on YouTtube to find the songs of the selected albums. Any song that TubeRadio finds is added to the playlist. All that is left to do then is to click on the play button to play all of the matched songs.

Registered users have options to save playlists so that they can reopen them whenever they re-visit the website. Another option is to go back to the search on the site and add additional albums by running new searches. It is furthermore possible to search directly on Youtube instead of the discography search option.

The music is played on the TubeRadio website with a small video embedded from YouTube. Basic controls like switching songs, changing the playback volume, repeating, muting or shuffling songs are available. Users can also access lyrics, biographies or similar songs (if available) while listening to the music.

There is also an option to display albums and artists that are currently in the charts to listen to these songs instead. The only aspect that users might criticize is something that all of these services have to cope with: the quality of the Youtube videos. It can happen that the service does not retrieve the song by the artist but a cover of the song by another artist, or something completely unrelated if you are very unlucky.

Online Music Player TubeRadio
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Online Music Player TubeRadio
TubeRadio was a free online service that matched a vast music database with music videos uploaded to YouTube so that users could search for artists, albums or songs, and play those on the site.
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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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