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Freemake Music Box: Audio player with YouTube integration

If you are looking for a particular song that you want to listen to, then it is usually a good idea to pay a visit to YouTube as the chance is quite good that it will be available there in various versions. YouTube is without doubt one of the biggest music repositories on the Internet.

Several record companies, publishers and artists have realized the site's importance and popularity and have started to take advantage of it by uploading music videos to the site. That's however only a fraction of what is available, as users from all over the world have also uploaded live recordings and other recordings to the site.

Freemake Music Box

Freemake Music Box is a new free application that is on first glance a local audio player and not really special by any means. When you do notice that it taps right into YouTube's vast music archive, you are likely to change your mind about it though.

Notice: The program is offered as a web installer that will display adware offers to you. Make sure you decline those if you do not want to install the offers on your PC. It will also load a donate page after the installation. If you like the application, consider making a donation.

The integration is well done. All you have to do is enter a partial band, song or album name to get suggestions displayed to you right away that are usually up to the point.

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A tap on the enter key or a click on search displays the first search results, each displaying the name of the artist, album and song, and the song's play time. You can click on the play button right away to stream the song to your computer to listen to it, or on the plus icon to add it to one of your playlists instead.

Another interesting option is to switch from the track listing to an album or artist listing instead to change the search results. The album listing enables you for instance to add a complete album to your playlist, while the artists listing will play songs from the artist non-stop regardless of album.

You can create multiple playlists and even mix local and remote files in them. The program can play popular audio formats such as mp3, wma, flac or w4a out of the box and import individual songs or local playlists that you have created in other applications (for instance in .pls format).

Music Box displays the YouTube video that goes along with the song in its interface by default. You can hide that if you do not want to display it.

The player options are basic but sufficient. You can pause playback, skip a song or go back one, change the volume, jump to a specific part, or enable shuffle and repeat modes.

Freemake plans to add additional features to the application. This includes mobile versions, integration of top music charts, and playlist synchronization.

Verdict

What I like most about Music Box is that it provides me with access to album and artists searches. Especially the album search is great as you can quickly add a full album to the playlist to play it in the music player. The suggestions are also excellent most of the time. Sometimes though it may not find a song you are looking for, but when you search only for the band or album, it is suddenly displayed in the search results.

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Comments

  1. Ken Saunders said on June 25, 2013 at 4:30 am
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    Interesting.
    Since it’s communicating with YouTube, thus Google, any ideas about privacy, data sent back, etc? I understand that there’s some of course, but to what extent?

  2. Tito said on June 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm
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      That’s great, thanks for posting.

  3. Tito said on July 2, 2013 at 1:21 am
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    Welcome :)

    Actually you can find all offline installers of Freemake products here: http://www.freemake.com/offline/offline_all/

  4. Lynda said on August 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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    My freemake music box won’t play, it shows player silent and I don’t know where to switch it on?

    1. George said on February 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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      Same with me. No idea what to do?

  5. Adam said on July 29, 2015 at 11:33 am
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    I have the same issue – can search for music fine, but will not stream anything.
    Have made sure the application is allowed through the firewall. Installed the latest Flash Player as advised on their support page.
    Anyone had any feedback on what to do? I’ve raised a support request with them – If I get an answer, will post up here

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