Muziic is a media player that lets you listen to pretty much any song from any artist — as long as it’s available on YouTube. Instead of reaching deals with record labels and jumping through all of their hoops, the developer just searches YouTube for songs that have already been uploaded either officially or unofficially. What makes Muziic easier to to use than simply surfing YouTube yourself is the fact that you can organize songs into playlists and search for songs by album.
The developer put out a desktop version of Muziic for Windows a little over a year ago. There’s also a web-based Muziic player. And now there’s also an iPhone version, which is effectively the first on-demand music app in the App Store that lets you search for any song and hit the play button almost immediately. Sure, the Grooveshark iPhone app offers similar feature and a slicker user interface. But you need to jailbreak your phone to use Grooveshark.
Muziic for the iPhone lets you browse featured tracks or “albums,” which are basically collections of songs by popular artists. Or you can use the search function — although since you’re searching YouTube, there’s a good chance that you’re going to run across live versions, covers, artist interviews, and all sorts of things that aren’t necessarily the song you’re looking for.
Once you find the songs you want to listen to, you can add them to a playlist. When you start to play songs in your playlist, Muziic fires up the YouTube application and plays the first song. When it ends, Muziic will close the YouTube app, find the next track, and start the YouTube app again. There’s a little downtime between each song, but overall the experience is pretty smooth.
There’s also an Internet Radio feature that lets you listen to streaming music from a number of popular online radio stations.
The biggest problem with Muziic is the same problem that most third party music apps for the iPhone have: You can’t run it in the background while doing something else. If you want to surf the web while listening to music, you’re going to need to use the default music player, not Muziic. But if youwant to watch music videos or listen to music while your phone is in your pocket, Muziic will do the trick.
Muziic is available as a free, ad-supported download from the iTunes App Store.
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