Firefox might be lagging compared to Chrome in terms of “web apps”, but the former holds its own when it comes to some incredibly nifty addons. Want to play a song within your browser when you are working without having to navigate anywhere else? Well, we have got the add-on that will just do the job for you.
FireTube for Firefox let’s you play any song you wish (literally) just by searching the name of the song in the add-on bar. As you might have guessed, FireTube fetches the requested song from YouTube. It plays the top most song on the YouTube query and also populates your playlist with other matches.
Download: FireTube for Firefox
Features and Interface
The add-on has some really nice features to talk home about. First off, you can just search a song and it will start playing for you without having to do any other action. Secondly, you get a simple playlist where you can add additional tracks. Regular music controls like Play/ Pause, Rewind and Forward are present as well. You can even download the song in MP3 format simply by clicking the download button.
The addon will definitely receive flak for being pretty tiny and clunky in terms of design. However, when your idea is to be able to play music within the browser without having to leave the page, the addon works out pretty well.
Using this addon to play music is as simple as it gets. Simply click on the search button and type the name of the song you want to play.
To make use of the addon, make sure your addon-bar is displayed. You can turn on the add-on bar in Firefox by pressing Ctrl + /
Keep in mind that not only the currently playing song, but also other top hits for the song title are queued in the playlist as well. So you might want to remove those entries while playing the music.
If you want to add songs to your current playlist, just head to the Add Songs tab and search for your desired song. Just drag the desired result to your playlist by clicking and dragging the result’s move icon to the left to the original playlist and place it where desired.
To download a song, just play the song and while playing click on the download button. To view the song on YouTube, click on the title of the song being displayed. You can also adjust the volume by clicking on the time bar.
You can add keyboard shortcuts to add the addon to manage playback in the settings tab.
Quirks and Workarounds for Common Issues
There are times where there is a slight delay in playing songs and sometimes the song did not play at all. However, these occasions were pretty rare in our usage and the addon works pretty well for everyday scenario.
If there is no sound playing, make sure you have updated your Firefox version and have installed the latest flash player plugin for Firefox. Also ensure that you have set Click to Play option to false in about:config. If you are facing any issues with the addon let us know in the comments section.