9 YouTube apps to supercharge your video watching

Cut the music when YouTube plays 

Is there anything worse than the cacophony of blending YouTube video sounds with your own perfectly honed browsing soundtrack? Of course there is, but for the purposes of this, let’s assume there isn’t and welcome mute.fm into our lives.

No button pushing necessary: mute.fm fades out your music when the video starts, and fades it back in when it ends. No awkward silences, and a seamless browsing experience.

Get chords and lyrics from YouTube musicyoutube_tricks_chordify

You want to learn that song you heard on YouTube, but nobody has published the chords? Chordify to the rescue: search for music via the site, and it’ll play the YouTube video with its attempt at the chords, so you can play along in tune, if not in style.

Make a GIF of anything on YouTubeyoutube_tricks_giphy

Nobody bothered making a GIF of your favourite TV moment? Paste the YouTube link, isolate the moment, and let Giphy take care of the rest.

Search YouTube by the yearyoutube_tricks_yttm

If you’re stuck for search inspiration, YTTM offers a novel way of approaching YouTube: just pick a year, and the site will grab a video shot in those 365 days. If nothing else, it’s a great way to get a feel for the era, though it’s limited by how thoroughly people have tagged their uploads.

And finally… give any video the Benny Hill treatmentyoutube_tricks_benny_hill

Because every YouTube video is just better sped up, with a Yakety Sax soundtrack.

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