Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Simple youtube audio player with VLC

There is a lot of great music posted on YouTube. Before deciding to buy it on amazon, google play, or itunes (are there any other providers of mp3 music these days?), you probably want to play it, but the standard YouTube interface is incredibly ugly, especially when you are just trying to play the music. You can make an ascii text playlist that contains the URL to youtube videos, then fire up vlc like this:
vlc --intf rc -Vdummy <playlist_or_youtube_URL>
type 'help' to see your options. If you want global control over the player, you can set global keyboard shortcuts in Tools.