Looking for a free Spotify or Rdio alternative? Try OneTune

Three enterprising 19 year old developers have debuted OneTune, a free, globally available Spotify competitor. OneTune's expansive music library is drawn from music that has been uploaded to YouTube that has been matched and organised with metadata from iTunes.

By Alex Choros

Three enterprising 19 year old developers have debuted OneTune, a free, globally available Spotify competitor. OneTune's expansive music library is drawn from music that has been uploaded to YouTube that has been matched and organised with metadata from iTunes.

Sourcing music from YouTube is however a double-edged sword. While this provides access to music currently available on most popular music streaming platforms, such as The Beatles, the quality of tracks can be inconsistent. Despite this, OneTune does a great job at organising YouTube's wealth of music into discographies and albums, making it much simpler to use. The developers confirmed that listening to a song through OneTune still counts a view on YouTube, meaning artists are still financial compensated for plays.

On top of including creating playlists based on iTunes charts and what is currently trending on Reddit, OneTune has a unique feature called Time Machine. Using data from Wikipedia, Time Machine is able to create a playlist of the top 100 songs from any year between 1959 and 2013.

When testing the service out, I found that the library its built on is quite comprehensive. I were able to bring up most artists with easy, whether we were searching for Pharrell's latest tune, or obscure indie black metal band, Cormorant. However, anything not available for purchase in the iTunes store won't turn up results, even if it has been uploaded to YouTube. This means the vast number of independent of artists who forsake iTunes for Bandcamp are not indexed in the system, even if their music is on YouTube. Conversely, less well known artists, such as Queensland collective Longshots, only have two songs available on the service despite having their discography on iTunes.

Don't cancel your Spotify subscription yet; while OneTune works almost perfectly on a desktop or laptop internet browser, it has yet to be optimised for mobile. Despite this, the service is an impressive feat, especially for just three young developers.

Source: Reddit

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