I created a browser extension to open YouTube links in YouTube Music
I recently switched from YouTube to YouTube Music for my music needs. I made this decision after realizing how much better the user experience on YouTube Music is, and also that I do not care for comments or any of other non-music related features that YouTube has.
The only drawback to this decision was that it is not as easy to find newly published Indian songs on YouTube Music as it is on YouTube. I can’t just go to the channels of the popular Indian music studios and see what’s new - channels only exist on YouTube. I still have to go to YouTube to get that information, and then manually copy-paste the song or album name over to YouTube Music. I can’t use Spotify either as it doesn’t always get the latest songs or albums as fast as YouTube does.
Solution: Create a Chrome extension to redirect YouTube links to YouTube Music.
Update (06/06/2019): The extension supports Chrome, Firefox, and Edge as of v0.2.0.
After about six hours of reading through the documentation and various posts on StackOverflow, I am relieved to present the “YouTube to YouTube Music” extension for Chrome and Chromium based browsers.
Edge - See the official guide for instructions. Microsoft Store link coming soon.
Navigate to YouTube, right click any music video, and click on Open in YouTube Music in the context menu.
Additionally, you can open all
youtu.be links from
any other website. The extension enables the link in the context
menu (right click menu) only if the URL you clicked on has
youtu.be in it. Otherwise, the extension stays hidden.
“This video is not available” Error
Any video which is not categorized as “Music” is not available in YouTube Music, and will show a “This video is not available” error.
Feel free to create bug reports and request any features on GitHub.
Thank you for reading!