Vevo for Android review: For watching music videos, it beats YouTube

Vevo (Android)

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Vevo has an extensive catalog of premium, music-related video content. Creating an account isn't required, but doing so gives you playlists and more.

The Bad Videos restart if you leave the app or receive a phone call. No search button or artist info on video page.

The Bottom Line For watching music videos, live performances, and other music-related content, Vevo is arguably the best app on the market.

8.3 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 8.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Performance 9.0

Whether you're a die-hard music buff or a casual listener, Vevo should be on your radar. It's an app (and Web site) that is completely dedicated to music videos and live performances, and because the company has struck all the requisite deals with record labels and publishers, you can be confident that its entire catalog is legit. While Vevo is free to download, it is ad-supported, so you will see the occasional commercial play before your video.

Because Vevo is focused on official music videos, live concerts, and similar content, the app is arguably an even better destination than YouTube for this type of content. For instance, try running a search for a song on YouTube. You'll get thousands of search results, a large number of which are amateur cover performances, parodies, and other content that you probably weren't looking for. Meanwhile, the same search on the Vevo app will likely yield the music video that you're looking for, in addition to other related content that might suit your musical taste.

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Because of the company's deals with various record companies, Vevo's catalog includes a wide assortment of artists new and old. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

To watch videos on Vevo, you don't need to create an account. You can simply fire up the app and run a search or browse through lists of featured and new artists. If you do decide to create an account (or sign in using your Facebook account), you'll be able to take advantage of the Playlist feature, which is incredibly useful for keeping lists of favorites or maintaining a queue of videos to watch later.

In most cases, video quality on Vevo is impressive and in HD. There is, however, a toggle so you can switch between low, medium, and high quality. In landscape mode, videos expand to full screen, while in portrait the video resides up top leaving room for an extra info panel below. Here, you can see related videos, production credits for the current video, and buttons to share or purchase the song being played.

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If your screen can handle it, Vevo's HD-quality video playback looks beautiful. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

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