Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Invidious and FreeTube

Invidious (Hacker News):

Invidious is an open source alternative front-end to YouTube.


Invidious protects you from the prying eyes of Google. It won’t track you either!


Invidious allows you to subscribe to channels and create playlists, without needing a YouTube account.

FreeTube (Hacker News):

FreeTube is an open source desktop YouTube player built with privacy in mind. Use YouTube without advertisements and prevent Google from tracking you with their cookies and JavaScript. Available for Windows, Mac & Linux thanks to Electron.


Overview of alternative open source front-ends for popular internet platforms (e.g. YouTube, Twitter, etc.)


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I’m paying for YouTube light, but they are discontinuing it. I guess I try invidious, because I thing Youtube premium is way too expensive. And it’s not even a premium experience anyways on Apple…

Old Unix Geek

I was on vacation and used my phone to listen to something on youtube while washing the dishes. It was unbearable. I play most news at 2x speed. My experience was: 1 minute 30 seconds of my program, 20 seconds buffering, 3 minutes of some stupid advertisement telling me how to land any girl I wanted at normal speed, 20 seconds of buffering, 1 minute 30 seconds of my program, 20 seconds of buffering, the same idiotic ad,... etc. Needless to say I gave up after 20 minutes of this shit once I could dry my hands and didn't use youtube for the rest of the vacation. I hope the fraction of a cent Google got from me was worth it to them. (Since I use Google Fi, they'd have profited more from the data transfer fees, so I guess their unbearable user experience saved me money, and given the news these days, quite a bit of stress.)

I discovered videos watched within DuckDuckGo Videos tab don’t show ads. Not sure for how long or how many videos though.

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