How to Get Music From YouTube to a Tablet

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If you rely on YouTube for your favorite music, you have several choices for getting that music on your tablet, regardless of which platform you use. There are several YouTube apps available for watching music videos or listening only to the audio. You can even download videos to your tablet so you can play them when you don't have Internet access using third-party apps available on Windows, Android tablets and the Apple iPad.

YouTube Apps

  • Free YouTube apps are available on most tablets. To find the app for your tablet, just open the app store and type "YouTube" in the search field, or scroll through the music and video section of the store. In September 2013, YouTube has its own apps for Android tablets and Apple iOS devices (see Resources), but not for Windows 8 or RT. However, one is being developed between Google and Microsoft. Once you install the app, you can log into your YouTube account so you can access your viewing history and playlist as well as play the music videos you enjoy the most.

Using a Web Browser

  • If you don't want to download a YouTube app, you can always use your tablet's Web browser to access YouTube just as you would on a computer. This may also be a good solution if the YouTube app isn't available on your platform, which seems to happen from time to time. In 2012, for example, when Apple discontinued the built-in YouTube app on the iPad and iPhone, there were not many options for YouTube for a few weeks. In 2013, disagreements between Microsoft and Google made Microsoft's YouTube app unavailable. In both cases, Web browsers continued to work without any reported glitches.

Audio-Only Apps

  • There are third-party apps across different platforms that allow you to listen to YouTube music without necessarily watching the video. This is a nice solution if you want to turn off the screen to preserve battery life, save on bandwidth or if you want to do something else on your tablet while listening to music. This feature comes and goes with apps. For example, it was available on Apple's iOS YouTube app but was discontinued. When YouTube relaxed some of its restrictions on third-party developers, more apps with this functionality have been appearing since August 2013.

Downloader Apps

  • As with audio-only apps, there are several third-party apps that give you the ability to download YouTube music videos onto your tablet so you can play it whenever you want without streaming it from the Internet every time. Downloading videos without permission is a violation of YouTube's terms of service unless the video page expressly states that you can download the video.

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