With Reddit shutting down its API setting a precedent in the corporate tech world (and Reddit was a major outlier in that a ton of their users are technical minded and support third party clients, YouTube does not have that kind of userbase and will not get backlash for it), Twitter doing whatever the fuck they’re doing, and Google already hellbent on destroying ad blockers, the days of Newpipe, Invidious, and Freetube are numbered. Wouldn’t be surprised if they implement Netflix level DRM tomorrow that makes alt clients impossible. I say savour your alt clients while you can guys, you won’t be able to soon.

  • @davidgro@lemmy.world
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    NewPipe at least already doesn’t use the API, it scrapes the website.

    … Which it just occurred to me might be one of the reasons Google is pushing that web integrity thing. Dang.

    • @foggy@lemmy.world
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      All the web integrity thing would do is force them to use a specific client when accessing YouTube to scrape their site.

      Putting shit out on your publicly accessible website enables all who access it to download anything you make available there.

      This is just regular cat and mouse.

      If my YouTube experience goes away, my hobbies will get some tlc. My reddit experience barely faltered with my transition to Lemmy

      We’ve been through all of this before and we’ll go through all of it again.

      • @Corngood
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        All the web integrity thing would do is force them to use a specific client when accessing YouTube to scrape their site.

        The problem is none of the attested browsers will let you to use them in this way.

        We already have DRM for video on the web. I believe it would be a similar problem to getting WideVine L1 content from e.g. Netflix in an open source app.

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          Ask me why I invested in Vimeo.

          But seriously, it will just make competitors thrive.

          I’ll pay for a nebula subscription before I sit through a single YouTube ad.

          • @heimchen@discuss.tchncs.de
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            Yea I think, if newpipe stops, I would switch to nebula. It would even help my yt addiction and I would support my youtubers without giving a share to youtube.

            • @deafboy@lemmy.world
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              I’ve tried nebula because a video I wanted to watched on yt was released earlier there. That was the only video on the whole platform worth watching. It’s clickbait, you pay for.

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                Practical Engineering, Real Engineering, Real Science, Joe Scott, Climate Town… Dude in that screen grab of just 15 videos I’m ready to watch about 60% of them.

                Maybe you dont have a wide range of interests?

                https://talent.nebula.tv/creators/

                So many of my current YouTube subscriptions are on that list. 12 tone? Tom Scott? Adam Neely? Mary Spender? Real life lore? Leagle Eagle? The 1 Janitor? Invisible People? neo? JJ McCullough? Tier Zoo? Up & Atom? Charles Cornell? Strange Parts? Half as interesting? Not Just Bikes? Practical Engineering? HBomber guy? Minute physics? Tantacrul? Medlife Crisis?

                Some of youtubes best creators are on nebula.

                • @deafboy@lemmy.world
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                  Tom Scott I watch on YT, Real engeneering is pretty good too.

                  Maybe I will give it another go, and try to ignore the thumbnails… and titles… :D

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                I like the Engineering dud, but this video looks a typical. Do they also have their yt videos on the platform or just other stuff.

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      Yep… Bummer, but completely in character and expected.

  • @StewartGilligan@lemmy.world
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    Invidious doesn’t use YouTube’s API. It merely requests content from YouTube either directly or through a proxy. So, I don’t think it’ll disappear forever unless the developers stop working on it. It’s probably gonna be a game of cat and mouse where YouTube figures out how to break Invidious, and the devs keep finding a workaround.

    • Mubelotix
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      requests content from Youtube

      You mean through an API

      • @biscuits@lemmy.sdfeu.org
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        But pretty much in the same way as the YouTube’s frontend requesting content from YouTube’s backend. This is an equivalent of you loading a video on YouTube then going to developer tools and copying links from the Network tab. AFAIK all tools (Invidious, Piped, yt-dl) work this way.

        • Mubelotix
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          Yes. The problem is, it’s easy for google to break it again and again and again. I think we should just end Youtube

          • @Anders429@lemmy.world
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            Right, the best way to win here is just not to play. Stop watching content on YouTube altogether. Find alternative ways to watch that content, or simply don’t watch it at all.

          • CurseBunny [she/her]
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            So instead of scraping the website the easier solution is to end Youtube?

            Who wants to call Google and give them the difficult news that Youtube isn’t being renewed for another season?

      • @bighi@lemmy.world
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        Depending on the definition, loading a web page might me called an API, but that’s not what people mean when they talk about APIs.

  • @PrivateOnions@lemmy.world
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    509 months ago

    While Lemmy has been a great alternative to Reddit for me, there just is not a viable alternative to YouTube unfortunately. PeerTube and Odysee do not have even 2% of the same variety of content that YouTube does, and with it now being impossible to make a Google account without a phone number (to subscribe to content creators), I might have to drop YouTube or try to set up some sort of RSS feed for all my favorite YouTubers if that is even possible.

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      The more we use Odysee the more will it seem like a valid alternative.

      Personally I watch videos from the creators that have mirrored their YT channel to Odysee.

      • @jet@hackertalks.com
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        I don’t think there’s anything fundamentally different about Odyssey than YouTube. They’re both private companies. Odyssey is just in a growth phase. And YouTube is in Post Monopoly face. If Odyssey becomes very popular I see them acting exactly like YouTube acts.

        • pumpsnabben
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          It’s open source and decentralized, will hopefully make a difference.

        • @anamethatisnt@lemmy.world
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          Switching to the growth phase companies is one of the few options we have though.
          I’m sure you are right in that after a few years of success the next private company will too enter the money grabbing phase.
          That will open the market up for yet a new contender still in the growth phase.
          Round and round we go.

    • @linuxisfun@lemmy.world
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      I suggest subscribing to YouTube via RSS (yes, YouTube still has an RSS feed for channels and playlists). I’ve been doing this for years and it works great. You can use your RSS reader or an add-on like Livemarks to discover the feed.

      If you subscribe via RSS, you can then easily substitute the feed URL for any other platform, if the creator happens to upload their content to platforms other than YouTube.

      Even though the videos are hosted on different platforms, you still have a single feed in a single location with all new videos thanks to RSS. You’re also able to manage a “watch later” list with your RSS reader.

    • @AgreeableLandscapeOP
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      Frankly, I’ve had it with band-aid solutions like alt clients. Gonna say it now: if you claim to be a FLOSS/open web supporting creator and you’re still exclusively using YouTube, you obviously value revenue over FLOSS or open web. Yes I’m gatekeeping FLOSS/open web with that statement, but corporate tech is actively trying to destroy both, and if you side with them, why shouldn’t you be called out for it? Don’t have to quit YouTube IMO, but at least mirror on Peertube if you care.

    • @d3Xt3r@lemmy.world
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      Vimeo is still around, and has a ton of content. It’s still no match for YouTube of course, but if Google pull the same shit like Reddit did, then I’d imagine a decent chunk of creators would migrate to Vimeo.

  • nudny ekscentryk
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    all of these are scrapers, so they will work unless YouTube gets rid of its web version

    • @kenbw2@lemmy.world
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      169 months ago

      Or if Google implements some kind of feature that requires your browser to vouch that it’s not gonna play shenanigans with the page.

      Nah, nobody would be that crazy.

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      I think they mean something like widevine a la Netflix. Granted there are bypasses for some levels, but that could be a problem imo, iiuc that’s why there aren’t any alternate frontends for Netflix or HBO. I think that would also potentially mean issues playing YouTube in chromium or firefox on Linux if they used L1 (not sure what the current state of widevine on Linux is, last time I had Netflix I couldn’t watch on Linux and had to use my phone or Chromecast)

    • @madcow
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      Or until they implement a trust model that denies access to uncertified user-agents?

  • JasSmith
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    Google isn’t going to kill YouTube’s API any time soon. It’s how billions of videos are viewable in apps and pages across the internet. They make far more money on that than any lost revenue by people using third party apps. Shutting down API access would be one of the most impactful events to the internet in history. Major lost viewership and advertising revenue coupled with extreme consumer backlash. Most devastating would be developer backlash, as they would all need to scramble to find alternatives.

  • @CustodialTeapot@lemmy.world
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    Oh, thought this was an article with facts and figures, no someone’s doomsaying and fear mongering…

    Many YouTube’s third party clients don’t use an API and having a public API with built in ads is a gold mine that many of YouTube’s embeds rely on for revenue. Doubt they’ll destroy that anytime soon.

    Along with that, many of YouTube’s top creators are already looking for alternatives, floatplane, nebula etc… It just takes a mass exodus to kick start them. And you bet Google is aware of that.

  • @Thrubst@lemmyjapan.com
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    129 months ago

    Was talking to a friend who is a senior tech dude about the YT viewing habits of our kids. Asked if he had any recommendations for alt clients and he said… just pay for YT premium 🙃

      • @Darkhoof@lemmy.world
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        I use this in my TV and it is amazing. But I won’t advertise it anywhere because I’m afraid Google will just come up with a way to kill it.

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          Do you mean it’s giving your problems downloading or using? Or do you mean you are resisting using it for some other reason? I’m using it right now and I am not techy in any way (I only resisted it because I thought downloading it would take some kind of technical prowess).

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      “Don’t want your kids seeing ads that are absolutely not for kids? Easy! Just pay us!”

      Seriously it’s so hypocritical that they demonetize swearing yet show gambling, alcohol, and even the occasional barely-not-porn sexualized ad without a second thought.

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            pay for attention

            Isn’t that basically what their “superchat” feature in YouTube live is? Pay money to force the host to read your comment? IDK I’ve never used it and don’t intend to.

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              Lmao yes that also, it’s a way to support your favorite tuber (and 50% google) but I meant it as a joke because you said “[…] paying attention” aha

              I always pay attention, but when will attention pay me?

    • @ech0@lemmy.world
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      I’m about to have a daughter and was thinking about this also.

      I have been using Tube Archivist for months and its exactly what you need. You can control what subscriptions they watch, set download limits, etc.

      https://www.tubearchivist.com/

    • Engywuck
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      My solution? I just blocked youtube.com at dns level in my house. Fuck it. It’s not like there aren’t books around to learn stuff from.

    • @willya@lemmyf.uk
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      29 months ago

      The Git data underlying this repository cannot be read. Contact the administrator of this instance or delete this repository.

    • @Dasnap@lemmy.world
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      19 months ago

      Cool looking project. So is this something you use to mirror other people’s YouTube channels? Does this only mirror them to a self-hosted PeerTube? I have a home server that could process the mirroring itself but I have nowhere near the storage. If this is something I can point at a subscription feed and then point at a PeerTube server then I’d be happy running it in a Docker container or something. I already run ArchiveTeam agents.

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        You can mirror your own as well.

        It doesn’t have to be self hosted peertube, as long as you have auth on the peertube server and you have a high enough upload cap it will work.

        Yes, that is exactly how you’d use it, it runs on a server with some youtube channels to check periodically and some peertube accounts to mirror them to and it does it.

  • @adibis@lemmy.world
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    You can’t save anything unless there’s a YouTube competitor. Google can do whatever it wants.

  • @Hamartiogonic@sopuli.xyz
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    Nah, we’ll just switch to webscraping if APIs get locked behind a paywall. Let’s see how those sites handle it when millions of people are using a scraping based client in the future. I can imagine it feeling a lot like being the victim a relentless ddos attack.

    • @scarilog@lemmy.world
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      This is exactly what the proposed Web Integrity API seeks to prevent. That’s what makes it terrifying.

      • @Hamartiogonic@sopuli.xyz
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        Hmm, so no API, no scraping, nothing but some ad infested privacy invading unusable mess. I guess isolating from the whole web is becoming an increasingly appealing option.

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        Show me me a 10ft wall, I’ll show you a 12ft ladder.

        No matter what they try, there will always be someone that manages to completely bypass those bullshit blocks.