Advantages Watch music videos free of charge
Disadvantages Does not work very well on Mozilla or Netscape
www.launch.yahoo.com (or www.launch.yahoo.co.uk for UK surfers like myself) is the address you'll be needing for some of the best and most up to date free music videos around.I already had a Yahoo account before starting to use Launch but it is really not necessary. You can watch videos free of charge without being a registered member. There are other features of the site for which you are required to register and I will point these out as we go through what's available.
The homepage usually shows a featured artist, which when clicked on will take you to that artists profile from where you can access their videos and buy their tracks. There is also always a large link to the latest videos, but I personally find it easier to navigate my way around the site using the black bar at the top which can take you to; LaunchCast Radio, Videos, Artists, News, Chart and Shop. I will go through each of these individually in a moment but I think it it really worth pointing out that the search facility available on the homepage is fantastic. You enter your search term and can choose to search; All, Artists, Videos, Albums or Songs. As an example, I put in the search term "Eminem" and searched All and was led to a page with a brief biog about him and links to his songs and videos.Should you choose to navigate your own way around as I am sure most do, the first option is LaunchCast Radio. There is an option to customise your own radio station here, which requires a Yahoo login and this is great. Essentially, this feature allows you to choose your preferred type of music and when you launch your custom station, it is that type of music that is played. I recomment this feature highly.
Other options on the Radio section are a Radio Station guide, to tell you what's on each station, and a help section. More recently there has been a feature to listen to the radio through your Yahoo messenger added, though I can't comment on this as I am not a Yahoo Messenger user.The first option on Videos is the Top 100, which is based on the most watched over the previous week. You simply click on the title and the video launches. The number one often corresponds with what is number one in the charts at that time, which gives you an idea of just how up to date it is. You see the current position of the video in the margin alongside its title and also the position it had last week. You can also rate the videos from one to five stars, which requires a login. It is a average of these user ratings which are featured alongside the video titles to give the users and idea of what everyone else thought.
The next section is New Videos, which (still without needing to login) leads you to a list of the latest videos added to the site. These can range from the latest chart hits to old classics that have only just found their way onto the site, to Senegalese music you might never have heard of. You simply click on the title to launch the Yahoo Launch Music Player, which works with Windows Media Player but is browser based and does not permit any saving of videos, for obvious legal reasons.
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