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What is Musi? Spotify’s rival app is free and has ‘silent’ ads

Musi has actually been around for years, quietly amassing a fervent teen fan base in the US who don’t want to pay for Spotify or Apple Music (Musi)
Musi has actually been around for years, quietly amassing a fervent teen fan base in the US who don’t want to pay for Spotify or Apple Music (Musi)

What if we told you there’s a free music streaming app without advertisement interruptions, featuring tracks you can’t find on Spotify, which you don’t even need to sign up to use? Admittedly, it sounds too good to be true, but that’s exactly what Musi offers.

What is Musi?

Musi is free to download on iPhones and Macs. It allows you to stream anything you want from all the videos available on YouTube over the internet.

Best of all, your music or podcast will continue to play even when you lock your iPhone — which can’t be said for the official YouTube app.

Musi has actually been around for years, quietly amassing a fervent teen fan base in the US who don’t want to pay for Spotify or Apple Music.

As mentioned above, Musi doesn’t force you to listen to ads, but that doesn’t mean it’s ad-free. Instead, the app shows you silent, full-screen ads on your phone, according to users, which sounds similar to the type of ads you’d have to sit through on free mobile games.

Musi lets you listen to individual songs and playlists from YouTube (Musi)
Musi lets you listen to individual songs and playlists from YouTube (Musi)

Of course, the ads aren’t great if you want to browse your phone while listening to music, but those keen to stream free of charge may be willing to put up with them.

Still, if you hate ads altogether, you can pay Musi £6 to remove them.

So far, so good. However, the app does have its flaws: compared with Spotify or Apple Music, it lacks the wealth of curated playlists and personalisation features offered by those bigger services.

That inevitably means you’ll need to do some digging to find that new album or track from your favourite artist. Thankfully, the app is fairly straightforward to use and lets you easily compile playlists and queue up songs to listen to next.

How to use Musi

Once you download Musi from the iOS or Mac App Store, you can start using it instantly without even creating an account.

However, if you want to listen to explicit tracks or age-restricted YouTube videos, you’ll need to sign in using a YouTube login. This will also allow you to add private YouTube playlists.

The chances are you’ll mainly use the queue and playlists features to compile your favourite tracks to listen to on the go or at home.

You can add tracks to your Musi queue by long pressing on a song, while there’s a dedicated playlists tab that lets you add playlists from YouTube or create your own.

In addition, you can look up YouTube videos or browse a curated list of playlists from the search tab.

Thanks to a recent update, the app also features some quirky new features, including the ability to speed up and slow down tracks.

Musi features silent, full-screen ads instead of promotional messages that interrupt songs (Musi)
Musi features silent, full-screen ads instead of promotional messages that interrupt songs (Musi)

One of the best things about YouTube is that it boasts tonnes of exclusive and unreleased music that you won’t find anywhere else. So, if you want to listen to a Taylor Swift live medley from her Reputation tour on the way to work, you can.

Is Musi available on Android?

Musi is available on only iPhone and Mac. The reason it is being kept out of Android could be because Google probably doesn’t take kindly to YouTube videos being ripped for other services.