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3 Ways to Enjoy YouTube Music on Desktop Computer

Updated on: April 29, 2024
Category: YouTube Music Tips

How do I listen to YouTube Music on computer desktop? Don't worry, on this page you'll get three different ways to stream YouTube Music on Windows or macOS without a web browser.

With over 100 million streaming songs, YouTube Music might be your second perfect music platform, filling up the missing songs from other streamers' catalogs. If you're a YouTube Music Premium member, you can even download your favorite songs and videos for offline playback, but only on Android and iOS devices. Yet to listen to YouTube Music songs on PC or Mac desktop, you should turn to other workarounds - through PWA, an unofficial YouTube Music desktop app, or NoteBurner YouTube Music Downloader.

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Is there a desktop app for YouTube Music?

It's a sad story that YouTube Music still hasn't developed a desktop app for Windows PC or Mac computer till now. You'll have to use a web browser to visit the YouTube Music at this point. If you prefer to listen to YouTube Music from your desktop, just check out the feasible ways in the following part.

Method 1. Download YouTube Music Desktop Shortcut

For Google Chrome users, you can install YouTube Music as a progressive web app (PWA), also called YouTube Music desktop shortcut. Though it's still a website page, you can directly head to YouTube Music with no need to manually open Chrome and log in again. Here's how to download the YouTube Music desktop icon:

Step 1 Go to the YouTube Music website.

Step 2 Click the three-dot icon at the upper right of your browser.

Step 3 Click the "Install YouTube Music..." option to download the shortcut.

Now, you can open YouTube Music in a separate new window.

Tips: You can also use Edge or other browsers to install the YouTube Music desktop icon, as long as it supports PWA installation.

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Method 2. Use Unofficial YouTube Music Desktop App

There's a YouTube Music Desktop app, created by Github, providing an alternative to access YouTube Music service from a desktop app. Although it's simply built with the YouTube Music web player, it exactly does the job.

Step 1 Directly go to and download the YouTube Music Desktop app, which supports Windows, macOS, and Linux computer.

Step 2 Log into your YouTube Music account on it, then you can easily enjoy YouTube Music on computer.

This YouTube Music desktop app is totally free to use. You can control your music, play music in background, get lyrics, or so on with this smart tool. However, it still lacks the download option, which is important for most.

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Method 3. Download YouTube Music to Computer Locally

Given that many people need to download YouTube Music to computer for offline playback, NoteBurner has taken the initiative and built a YouTube Music desktop converter, which makes it possible to download and convert YouTube Music to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC losslessly at up to 10X faster speed.

In this way, you can quickly access the offline YouTube Music songs on any desktop music player without any encrypted limitations. Here're the main features:

Features of NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter:
  • Convert YouTube Music to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC;
  • Convert YouTube Music at up to 10X faster speed;
  • Download YouTube music videos in up to 4K quality;
  • Keep ID3 tags and 100% original audio quality;
  • Easy-to-use with an intuitive user interface;
  • Keep YouTube Music after free trial/subscription;
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Tutorial: How to Download YouTube Music to Desktop Offline

The following is a step-by-step guide to download songs from YouTube Music to Windows PC or Mac computer. Please make sure you've downloaded the YouTube Music downloader on your desktop before getting started.

YouTube Video: How to Download YouTube Music to Computer

1 Log into YouTube Music Free/Premium Account

Install and launch NoteBurner YouTube Music desktop downloader on PC or macOS, then log into your YouTube Music account.

Note: NoteBurner needs to work with a YouTube Music account but it will never take any other information from your account other than the songs.

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2 Customize Output Settings

Click the Settings gear icon to choose output format, bit rate (320kbps, 256kbps, 192kbps, 128kbps), sample rate (192kHz, 96kHz, 48kHz, 44.1kHz), output path, etc.

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3 Add YouTube Music to NoteBurner

You can just simply choose a YouTube Music playlist, album, or artist, then tap the "Add" icon for parsing.

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4 Download Music from YouTube Music to Local Drive

Click "Convert" to start saving YouTube Music playlists to your local computer. This process will be finished soon.

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5 Find Downloaded YouTube Music Files

When the conversion is done, go to the "Converted" tab, where you'll get the downloaded history of YouTube Music. Just click the "Folder" icon beside the song to locate the YouTube Music files.

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Our Bottom Line

YouTube Music is only available as a browser-based service on computer systems - they still haven't built an official YouTube Music desktop app yet.

To enjoy YouTube Music on desktop with no need for an open browser page, you can have a try on the YouTube Music shortcut (PWA), YTMDesktop app, or NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter.

It's advised to use NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter, as it allows to save all YouTube Music playlists as offline music files on computer drive. After downloading, it's straightforward to import YouTube Music to any platform service or device with ease.

Note: The free trial version of NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter allows you to convert the first 1 minute of each song. You can buy the full version to unlock this limitation and enable all its features.

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