3 Ways to get YouTube Music Desktop App

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June 14, 2024

YouTube Music doesn’t have an official desktop app just yet. You can access YouTube Music from your PC or Mac by navigating to the desktop site, and you can cast to your speakers from your web browser. The interface is similar to the one on your phone, making it easy to find your songs and playlists.

However, many people prefer desktop apps. In this article we look at the different ways to get YouTube Music desktop app.


Option 1. Install YouTube Music desktop app via Google Chrome

Although YouTube Music doesn’t have an official desktop application, you can use a web browser to install it as a progressive web app(PWA). PWA (Progressive Web Apps) are web apps that you save from your browser as a “desktop app”. It’s still a web app, but you open it as if it were a desktop app. While that is technically still a website, you will get it in a window without browser toolbars, get a desktop icon, and media key support. This PWA installation feature is only possible with Chrome and most Chromium-based browsers at the time of writing. Here we will take Chrome as example. Here’s how you install it:

1. Go to the official YouTube Music website in your Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or any browser that supports PWA installation.

2. Click the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of the browser window.

3. Select Install YouTube Music.

4. Next, click on Install.

5. The YouTube Music desktop app will be installed and launched immediately. It is installed to /Users/xx/Applications/Chrome Apps.

Option 2. Third-party YouTube Music Desktop app

Here is a Free cross platform Desktop Player for YouTube Music from https://ytmdesktop.app. Download and install it on your computer, then you can enjoy YouTube Music:

  • On the desktop
  • With no need for an open browser tab
  • On background
  • Using media keys

YouTube Music Desktop App interface is shown as below:

Many users want to get the desktop app to download YouTube Music songs to listen offline. However, both of the above 2 YouTube Music desktop apps don’t comprises download feature for YouTube Music premium users.

Option 3. Get YouTube Music desktop app from Github

You can find a YouTube Music Desktop App bundled with custom plugins (and built-in ad blocker / downloader) from Github.

  1. Visit https://github.com/th-ch/youtube-music and click Releases on the right side.

2. Download the .dmg or .exe file and install on your computer.

3. The YouTube Music desktop app interface is shown as below:

Extra tip: Download YouTube Music to MP3 and play them with other desktop app

Alternatively, you can download any songs from YouTube Music to MP3 and then play them with your desktop music player app, such as Apple Music, iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. Pazu YouTube Music Converter is such a professional YouTube Music Downloader with YouTube Music web player built-in. You can easily browse or search the songs, album and playlist you want to download and then download them to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF within one click.

If you want to download YouTube Music songs, albums and playlists without subscribing to YouTube Music Premium, then all you need is Pazu YouTube Music Converter.

1. Run Pazu YouTube Music Converter 

To get started, download, install and run Pazu YouTube Music Converter on your Windows PC, which features a built-in YouTube Music web player.

After the installation is complete, launch the YouTube Music to MP3 Converter on your computer. If you have already purchased a license, click the key icon to register the converter. If not, continue using the trial version.

YouTube Music Converter

You don’t need to sign in to your YouTube Music account.

2. Customize the Output Settings

Click on the “Setting” icon in the upper right corner to open the Setting window in which you can customize the output format, output quality, output folder, file name format, how output songs organized, interface language, etc.

YouTube Music Converter settings

3. Add songs

Click the search icon and enter Royalty Free Music. Open the playlist and view all songs. Press the red “Add to list” icon.

All songs in the playlist/album will be selected by default. You can uncheck the songs you don’t want to download.

4. Start Converting

Click on the “Convert” icon and the program starts to convert YouTube Music songs.

After the converting is complete, click on “clock” icon in the upper right corner to find the converted YouTube Music songs from the local directory.

YouTube Music to MP3 converter

YouTube Music Converter

YouTube Music Converter

Download and convert YouTube Music to MP3, M4A, etc