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Sponsored Review: PLAYR Chrome Extension

January 20, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

We don’t usually review Chrome Extensions here at Android Headlines, but considering that the Chrome browser is super-popular and many of us Android users choose to use Google’s browser on their desktops. PLAYR is a Chrome Extension that delivers free music to your PC or Laptop no matter which web page you’re viewing. It does this by using the SoundCloud API and is therefore legal. It’s essentially a small popup that appears in the top-right corner of your display, it gives you options to search for an artist or song, browse genres, the most popular tracks and create your own playlists, too. It does all of this for nothing, and you don’t even need to sign in to anything. Sounds great, right?

In order to see what PLAYR has to offer, you just need to download the extension from the Chrome Web Store, then you go ahead and load it up from just beside the address bar in Chrome.

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You can choose from the most popular tracks there and then, without heading a different web page or anything like that. Once you choose a song, it’ll start playing to the side with a view of the album art and playback controls.

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The icons on the left take you to different content, like the ability to search for whatever you want:

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You can also browse different genres  as well.

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For those inclined to creat a playlist of their favorite tracks, you can go ahead and name multiple playlists to listen to whenever you like.

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On the face of it, PLAYR is an incredibly simple, and almost basic Chrome extension. However, that’s actually one of its strengths. There’s little to get in the way of listening to music, legally and for free and you can create a playlist just as you would with something like Spotify. Here though, there’s no need to move away from the current website you’re browsing. You can change tracks, search for something fresh or load up your favorite playlist there and then. Simplicity here doesn’t mean barebones though, this is a fully-featured music player, it just doesn’t have many of the unnecessary features other players feel the need to throw in for no apparent reason. Simple, easy to use and really quite quick, there’s a lot to love from PLAYR.

Ratings

  • Speed (5/5) – PLAYR is super-quick, it loads songs quickly and it ran great on my Chromebook, it’s definitely quicker than swapping tabs all the time.
  • Features (4/5) – A fairly simple offering, PLAYR is basically SoundCloud wrapped up in a much easier to use player, and if that’s what you were looking for, this is a great cross-platform option.
  • Theme (4/5) – While not stunning, PLAYR blends in well with Chrome and unless you have a super-dark theme running you should find this easy on the eye.
  • Overall (4/5) – A solid Chrome extension that works wonders no matter which platform you’re using, PLAYR can get you free music legally with little hassle involved.

Pros

  • Doesn’t take up much RAM at all, a consideration worth noting for Chromebook users.
  • Great for SoundCloud fans, as well as those looking to listen to the top tracks free of charge.
  • Very speedy overall, with little waiting around to get the next track playing.
  • Completely free to use, without having to sign up for an account or surrender any information.

Cons

  • Could be considered somewhat basic, but it does get the job done and then some.
  • Option to use other platforms other than SoundCloud would be great.

PLAYR is an excellent option for those happy with listening to the latest tracks, it is a shame that I can’t hook my Tidal account or Spotify account to this, but considering SoundCloud is complete free – and legal – it’s hard to argue with the great offering here. It just works, with little to no hassle and it’s available on multiple platforms as well, which again makes this a great addition to any serious Chrome user and something I’d recommend to music listeners not looking to swap tabs and pages all the time.