In the search for new options to avoid watching ads on YouTube, I ran into Owli, a free website that works as a music player. Tap the name of an artist or song and Owli will offer you an instant YouTube playlist.
Owli’s interface is kind of cool: a pink screen with visible playing controls and the YouTube video in the back. There’s also a search bar at the bottom.
Owli doesn’t offer an entirely ad-free experience, as background videos do display ads like they would while playing on YouTube’s website. The upside is that you don’t have to “wait 5 seconds” to skip advertisements, or wait until they finish to watch or listen to your favorite music clips.
Although you have to look manually for something to listen, and are not offered suggestions, you can use Owli’s mixes. There are four instant playlist buttons: Bachata, Reggaeton, relaxation, and “mixed.”
Owli is very easy to use, and gets things done: you can now watch music videos without ads. You can skip the YouTube Red subscription, at least for the clean playback.
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