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How to Play YouTube Music without Video

Updated by Adam Gorden on July 15, 2019 6:15 PM • Category: Record Audio
4 mins read

For some YouTube Music users, there must be two issues trouble them. One problem with listening to stuff on YouTube is that listening to long music videos, talks, DJ sets and others on YouTube will cost a lot to mobile data. Another problem is that the playback of videos on YouTube will leave screen on to drain battery.

So, is it possible to listen to YouTube audio without the videos? Sure, there's two solutions for listening to YouTube audio only. Here's how to start the playback of YouTube audio only. Let's get started.

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Part 1. How to play YouTube Music no video for Premium users

With a YouTube Music Premium membership, you can choose whether to just listen to your music or enjoy the music video experience. In song mode, you can listen to the music without loading a video. This allows you to continuously enjoy music from your favorite artists, even if you're experiencing low connectivity or video playback issues.

Method 1. Select between song and video mode

select between song and video mode

Step 1. Open a song you want to enjoy in the YouTube Music app.
Step 2. You will see the option to select Song or Video mode at the top of the screen. Tap Video to turn on video mode. Tap Song to only hear the album version of the song.
Step 3. If you want to stop playing videos and go back to listening only experience, tap Song.

Note: You may not see the video option if a music video is not available.

Method 2. Turn on song-only mode

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#For Android users

Step 1. Open the YouTube Music app, and make sure that you are signed into your YouTube Music Premium membership.
Step 2. Select your profile photo > Settings.
Step 3. Toggle Don't play music videos to the on position.

#For iPhone & iPad users

Step 1. Open the YouTube Music app, and make sure you are signed into your YouTube Music Premium membership.
Step 2. Select your profile photo > Settings > Playback & Restrictions.
Step 3. Toggle Don't play music videos to the on position.

Note: You can also listen to full albums regardless of whether some songs in the album have YouTube videos or not. If a song does not have an accompanying music video, the audio version will play instead.

Part 2. How to play YouTube Music only no video for Free users

Song mode is available with a YouTube Premium membership in the YouTube Music app. If you want to YouTube audio only stream, you may need to have a YouTube Premium membership. But if you don't plan to subscribe Premium membership on YouTube Music, you may choose to download YouTube audio and then listen to audio only YouTube.

TunesKit Audio Capture is a brilliant audio grabber designed to capture any audio playing on the computer and save the recorded tracks in the format of MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, M4A, and M4B with the original audio quality and full ID3 tags preserved for playing on any device.

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Highlights of TunesKit Audio Capture

  • Record audio from YouTube Music to FLAC, MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV
  • Download and capture streaming audio from any programs and websites
  • Preserve streaming music with the original audio quality and full ID3 tags
  • Support many customization functions like trimming, cutting, and merging
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Learn the detailed steps to download audio from YouTube Music and start your free trial.

Step 1Launch TunesKit Audio Capture

add audio source

Fire up TunesKit Audio Capture on your personal computer and you will see the main interface of TunesKit. There are some apps listed on the windows. Check whether there is the browser you use to enter YouTube Music; if not, drag and drop the browser to TunesKit.

Step 2Configure output audio preferences

set output format

The next step is to set the output audio parameters on TunesKit. There are six plain audio formats including MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, and M4B, and you could set one as the output audio format. Then, continue to configure the bit rate, sample rate, and channel.

Step 3Save YouTube audio to local folders

record and download music

Click the browser on the window of TunesKit and then enter YouTube Music to start the playback of the track. Wait for several seconds and the programs will automatically record audio from YouTube Music.

Step 4Customize the recorded audio tracks

edit music

Then, you could click the 'Edit' button at the rear of each track to trim or merge the recorded audios according to your demand. You can cut one track into several segments or merge all recordings or segments into one track file.

Finally, you could transfer YouTube audio to your Android or iOS phone for listening which can not only let you enjoy YouTube audio offline but also enable you to switch to the next song freely.

Part 3. Conclusion

In this passage, we've shown you some possible ways to listen to YouTube Music without video. You can switch from the song to video mode, or just make YouTube Music stop playing video. Also, you can download your favorite YouTube songs to your local library for offline playback. To sum up, TunesKit will be your best assisstant to stream YouTube audio only. Besides, you can also transfer those downloaded songs to other dedvices without any limits. You can really try it!

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