Solayo: create and mix YouTube, Soundcloud and Dailymotion music playlists

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 17, 2013
Music, Music and Video

The Internet is probably the greatest resource ever when it comes to music. There are thousands upon thousands of music services out there, some big, like Spotify or Jamendo, and others niche-focused.

When it comes to technologies, there is also a wide assortment of possibilities. From watching music videos on YouTube, listening to Internet radio, downloading music to your computer for offline consumption, or tuning in to streams on blogs or websites.

Solyao is a new music service that taps into the vast music archive of YouTube, Soundcloud and Dailymotion to provide you with the means to create a mixed playlist from all three services in a matter of seconds.

You can try the site in guest mode, a somewhat restricted mode as it does not allow you to save playlists. To begin, either start searching for a band name, song or album title or tune into one of the available radio stations.

The core difference between the two options is the following: radio stations play music for as long as you want, while playlists need to be created manually.



The Radio stations work similar to Internet Radio, but with two distinct advantages. First, you not only listen to the music but also watch videos provided that the source is either YouTube or Dailymotion. Second, you can skip songs that you do not like easily in the interface.


You can add songs to the playlist while music is playing. It is even possible to search for additional artists or songs, and add them to the playlist as well.

Songs need to be added manually to the playlist, an option to add all results to the current playlist is missing, which is unfortunate.


Registered users benefit from additional features that are only available to them. This includes the option to save any created playlist so that it can be opened again at a later point in time.

What may be equally interesting is the option to tune in to the service's top 100 playlist that is based on the number of plays on the network, and access to editor's choice playlists. The latter works similar to radio, only that the playlists here are not running indefinitely.

Closing Words

A couple of things need fine tuning. It would be great if you could double-click songs to play them, instead of having to click on the play icon in search instead. Search results are also fairly limited, with no apparent option to display more on the screen. If you search for Queen for example, you get about 20 results or so and that is about it. For now, it is probably better to search for song names and not for artists or bands.

Those are smaller adjustments though and for a service that just launched, it is working surprisingly well out of the box.

Will Solayo be there in two or three years? I cannot say, honestly. The site is not monetized right now which means that the developers are not making any money out of it to cover the running costs of it.

Now Read: Recordlective, an impressive music streaming service


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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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