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Although YouTube is a video streaming platform, but much of its content can be enjoyed with audio only. If the videos of your interest can be enjoyed with audio only, then why waste precious bandwidth and device resources on videos? Usually, videos are near 4 times larger in size than audio files and will be even bigger if you are playing HD videos. If you are up for it, then today I am going to share a few tools that will let you stream YouTube audio only on your desktop browser and Android phone. On the desktop, you can take advantage of a browser extension to stream YouTube audio only. The extension is extremely easy to use. There would be a text on top confirming that only audio is playing, and you will only see the video thumbnail in the video player.
Closing the YouTube app will stop the video from playing, but there are a few simple workarounds that will allow you to listen to a video in the background. Better yet, there are ways to get a mini pop-up YouTube player while you browse elsewhere. Looking for music on YouTube to listen to in the background? Perhaps you should take a look at our guide on how to download music from YouTube and listen on any device. Red is dead — Premium is the future. Thankfully, there is not much of a difference between the two where our needs are concerned. It still gets rid of ads on desktop and mobile, opens access to exclusive videos, and allows for downloading of videos. YouTube Premium also comes with ad-free access to YouTube Music — the replacement of Google Play Music — and Premium gives you the option to shut off the screen in that app, too. What is the catch?