Play Music From YouTube & Soundcloud From The Title Bar In Chrome

YouTube isn't just the largest collection of videos on the internet, it's also where you can find the largest collection of music videos (artist produced and fan made). People create playlists of music on the site and it's often used to listen to music as if the service were a radio. The problem with listening to music on YouTube is that you're also streaming the video which is unnecessary load on your internet connection, and you have to keep the site open in a tab. Meet UpNext Music Player, a Chrome extension that lets you play music from both YouTube and Soundcloud from the title bar. You can search for music, create playlists, and even import them. It also features top charts of trending music from various genres that you can listen to. Read More

Automatically Play/Pause A YouTube Video When You Switch Tabs [Firefox]

YouTube's play/pause keyboard shortcut doesn't work all that great. If you're wondering why you've never heard of said shortcut it's mostly because it doesn't work. You may have hit the shortcut multiple times and never realized it wasn't working. The shortcut is the space bar and nine out of ten times it will just scroll down on the page instead of pausing the video. With the shortcut rarely working, it's inconvenient to pause a video on YouTube before you switch to a different tab. What I normally do is hit the hard mute key on my keyboard to stop all sound if I need to mute it in a hurry. Smart Pause for YouTube is a Firefox extension that will automatically pause a YouTube video when you switch to a different tab, and automatically play it when you return to it. Read More

Get The Space Bar To Pause YouTube Videos Instead Of Scrolling Down [Chrome]

YouTube supports keyboard shortcuts for playing and/or pausing a video. These shortcuts, as fas as using them in Chrome are oddly temperamental; sometimes they work and other times they do not. It has something to do with where you clicked outside the video player. In my personal experience, playing around with the shortcuts has sometimes yielded success and other times not. If the shortcuts were to function flawlessly you could play/pause videos with the spacebar. Hit the spacebar now though and it's more likely the page will just scroll down instead of pausing the video. If you're a Chrome user, there's YouTube Pause. A simple extension that works in the background and gets the spacebar shortcut to function properly. Read More

How To Disable The New Autoplay Feature On YouTube

YouTube is rolling out a new autoplay feature. It's a lot like the autoplay feature you see on Hulu where the next suggested video is automatically played after 3 seconds if you do not cancel or pause it. When YouTube first started auto-playing videos today I thought I had maybe clicked on a playlist. It's still rolling out at the moment and some of you might not be seeing. It's useful no doubt but you might not know it can be disabled because the switch that turns it off comes after an ad. The feature has been available to select users since 2014 when it was in the test phase. Here's how it works and how you can turn it off. Read More

Find What Regional Restrictions Have Been Applied To A YouTube Video

The internet is for everyone unless you live in the wrong part of the world in which case not all of it is for you. Copyright among many other things results in online content being restricted geographically. A very obvious example is Hulu which limits its services to the USA and understandably so. YouTube also allows users to restrict the content they upload to certain geographical areas. Sometimes these restrictions don't make sense especially when you're residing in the United Kingdom and can't see a video uploaded by the BBC. That said, there are plenty of ways to circumvent these YouTube restrictions but before you go looking for a proxy tool, it would help to know which regions a YouTube video is restricted in. YouTube Region Restriction Checker is a simple tool that tells you just that. Read More

How To Set Up Parental Controls On The YouTube Kids App

YouTube Kids has just been released and its purpose is to help parents control what kids watch on YouTube. The content filters come built-in meaning YouTube decides (based on video rating and content) what types of videos are appropriate for young viewers. What it leaves in the hands of the parent is how long a child may use the app, and whether a child can freely search for videos. The settings are secured behind a PIN that will fool kids so long as they can't read numbers. Here's how the parental controls work in the new app. Read More

Create GIF Images With YouTube And Add Text To Them

GIFs are becoming quite popular. Imgur, where the internet's treasure trove of great GIFs resides, rolled out a new format called GIFV to make them play, load, and loop better. In case you were looking for a few great tools to make a good GIF, you can check out our list of GIF making apps. Alternatively, you can wait for YouTube to universally roll out its new GIF maker. The video hosting giant has obviously realised how popular GIFs are. Quite a few apps exist that let you paste a YouTube video's URL and then extract a portion of it as a GIF so it kind of makes sense that YouTube would just add the feature itself. It's still rolling out with one particular video having been identified as having the feature enabled for it. You might have to wait a while before it's available for all videos but here's how the feature works and the video you can test it out on. Read More

Remove A Suggested Channel From YouTube

YouTube is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. I can't even count how many times I've seen Sainsbury's 2014 Christmas commercial and a lot of times, I saw it as an ad which means it was followed by a video that I watched afterwards. Good times. Now, because I watch so many videos and I have no filter for what I'll click on, YouTube starts thinking I'm interested in the weirdest stuff. It's an algorithm so I can't expect it to understand that my viewing habits are just an average human being lazy but it becomes a problem when my home page is filled with suggested channels that do not interest me. These suggestions aren't all bad and I've found some good channels this way but they are recurring, painfully recurring and when one does not interest me, it's just spam. What's more is that new suggestions won't show up unless these old ones are made to go away. Here's how you can tell YouTube to stop showing you a particular kind of video or remove a channel from the suggested ones altogether. This doesn't require an extension or an add-on so it will work in ANY browser. Read More

3 Ways To Download Subtitles From A YouTube Video

You'd be surprised how useful people find subtitles to be. Many might think subtitles at the bottom of the screen can ruin your movie watching experience but some people genuinely benefit from them. For some it's a better viewing experience, for non-native speakers of a particular language subtitles can serve as a good learning tool, and anyone with a hearing impairment can watch movies without any trouble. If you're watching a DVD or a Blu-Ray, getting subtitles is no problem. A simple Google search will help you find millions of resources for movie subtitles. Now imagine you wanted to download subtitles of an instructional YouTube video and you will find you have far fewer options. Here are three ways to extract subtitles from a YouTube video. Read More

YouTuber Adds Background Playback & Download Options To YouTube App [Jailbreak]

We're going to start this of by saying that music piracy is not okay. It's not, and you shouldn't do it. Moving on, YouTube is so much more than just music videos; it's an amazing place to find tutorials from something as simple as folding a t-shirt to as complex as developing apps. People upload a great variety of content (that is not  copy right protected) and YouTuber is a Cydia tweak available in the ModMyi repository that lets you download YouTube videos in low, medium, or high quality and import them to your camera roll. The tweak can also block ads in the app but if you're benefiting from someone's content on YouTube, you should watch that ad. It can also play YouTube videos in the background  and play high quality videos on 3G and 4G. Read More

Muzeit Is A YouTube Music Player For Chrome With Social Discovery Features

YouTube is by far the most popular video sharing service out there, and a huge chunk of users still use it on their desktops. If you spend a lot of time streaming song videos there, then it seems counter-intuitive having to visit the site every time you want to check out which songs are running popular. We've already seen Streamus for Chrome provide a solution in the form of a music player that allows you to browse, discover and play YouTube music videos without actually visiting the site itself. Currently in beta, Muzeit is a similar Chrome extension with a focus on social sharing and discovery. It lets you search for and discover YouTube song videos, import all your YouTube playlists or create new ones, and share your favorite music with other Muzeit users and your friends over at Facebook. Details to follow. Read More

Streamus Is A YouTube Music Player For Chrome With Quick Playlist Creation & A Radio Mode

Many of us simply turn to YouTube when it comes to streaming free music from the internet, because the world's number one video streaming service is the definite place to find all kinds of music, no matter what genre, artist or album you like. But those who stream music from YouTube channels would be aware how tedious it is to first go to YouTube and then always keep that tab open while streaming your desired content. So, how about keeping YouTube at your disposal without any browser tab? Try Streamus, a brilliant Chrome extension aimed at audiophiles who want to keep YouTube always accessible to them without even opening the site. It acts as a companion music player for YouTube that lets you create and stream playlists from a popup. Read More

Video Pinner For Chrome Keep YouTube Videos In View As You Scroll Down The Comments

We've all been there - clicking on that YouTube link and then ending up getting caught up in clicking link after link from the suggestions and losing track of time over the next few hours. There are many reasons behind YouTube's massive success, but when speaking of the technical side of things, it’s the company’s highly optimized streaming and presentation that keeps users hooked to the service. That said, there are still some annoying quirks with YouTube that plague the deal for us die-hard YouTubers. One such problem is when you scroll the web page to read comments posted a video, it no longer remains in view as you scroll down. So, while you may read or reply to the comments, but you won’t be able to watch the video at the same time. Video Pinner is a Chrome extension that aims to fix this issue by pinning the video to the page so it remains in view even as you scroll down. Read More

Loop Part Of A YouTube Video For Set Number Of Times In Chrome

Whether it’s a Photoshop tutorial, a viral song or a baby laughing hysterically, we all have come across a bunch of addictive YouTube videos that we can’t help watching again and again. But when it comes to YouTube’s way of letting users repeat the same video, well, it’s rather unintuitive, to say the least, as one has to hit the Replay button in the YouTube player to reload the same video, and it doesn't provide a way to loop the video repeatedly. Previously, we've covered a handful of Chrome extensions that let you loop YouTube videos infinitely or for a specific number times. For instance, YouTurn is a great app to auto replay YouTube videos, eliminating user intervention of repeatedly hitting Reply. One option it doesn't offer, however, is the ability to replay only a specific portion in the video, and this is where Looper For YouTube comes into play. This Chrome extension allows you to auto-repeat / loop an entire video or only a selected portion of it, as many times as you want. Read More

YouTube Founders’ Social Video Sharing App MixBit Comes To Android

Just when you think there’s no scope for yet another social media service, yet another one comes in. While the social video clip sharing has seen its fair share of success with Instagram and Vine, it seems nobody has figured out how to do it right. Back in August, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steven Chen launched their own video sharing app dubbed MixBit for iOS, and today marks the expansion of the service to Android as well. On its basic level, MixBit enables you to shoot and combine multiple 16-second video clips, edit them and publish them as one large video project on Facebook, Twitter and MixBit’s own social space. You can also add hashtags to your videos to make them easier to find and sort by others. Read More

Chromecatch Turns Your iPhone Or iPad Into A Chromecast Receiver

No matter how great a new gadget seems to be, there are always doubts in the user’s mind before shelling out some hard cash. Google’s new Chromecast dongle can be considered dirt cheap but if you still want to get a taste of it before making the purchase (or don't wanna shell out $35 for it at all), there are ways of emulating Chromecast on smartphones. We have already covered an app by the name of CheapCast that makes an Android device act as a Chromecast receiver. Won’t it be just awesome if there was a similar app for iOS, too? Fortunately, a clever developer has managed to come up with something that can help you in that regard. Chromecatch has the capability of turning any iPhone or iPad into a receiver for Chromecast, albeit a restricted one. For now, Chromecatch only works with YouTube, but support for more services might not be too far away into the future. Read More

How To Buffer Full YouTube Videos Before Playing

Unless you have always been using YouTube on a high-speed T2 or T3 broadband internet connection, you surely must have noticed how the YouTube streaming experience has deteriorated over the years. A few years ago when I had a terrible 256K 'Broadband' connection, I had to leave a YouTube tab open for about half the total viewing time of the video before I could start playing it smoothly till the end. Now when I have a better connection speeds, YouTube decides to switch to 'Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP' (DASH); it is purportedly better for faster connections, but on relatively slower ones like mine, it seems like a step backwards! Recently, we came across a browser extension called YouTube Center that lets you mitigate at least one of the issues I have - and I know you have, too - with the world's most popular video streaming website. Read More

YouTube For Android & iOS Gets In-App Floating Video, Continuous Playback & More

YouTube’s latest update to its smartphone app might not have the lengthiest changelog you will ever see, but the changes are pretty big nonetheless. In addition to getting a new icon on both platforms, the app is now capable of letting you navigate your account without stopping video playback. This means that the YouTube app finally lets you minimize videos, so that searching and browsing different areas of the service becomes possible. The miniaturized version of videos is reminiscent of the VideoPane tweak we covered earlier this month. Of course, the playback stops if you exit the app, but within YouTube, you can do anything you want without risking interruptions. The Android variant of the app has undergone several design improvements, while the long-awaited continuous playback option has been added to playlists as well. To top things off, the app now has a new logo. Read More

Playjack For Chrome Adds Style & Non-Stop Streaming To YouTube

Google Chrome offers a lot of features to make it worthy of recommending as a great web browser. It’s fast, fluid and just works. What’s even better about it is the umpteen number of extensions and apps available for it to extend its overall functionality, taking it to the next level. Playjack is an amazing Google Chrome extension that takes care of all your video streaming needs. It allows you to search, play, share and organize videos from a bunch of YouTube channels comprising of various categories ranging from sports, films, music, games and lifestyle. Boasting an infinite streaming mode, the extension can continuously playback videos one after the other. With playlist support, you can curate your own custom video collection that fits your needs. Read More

Get Responsive Embed Codes For YouTube, Instagram, Google Maps & Vimeo

Embedding web content such as YouTube videos is pretty easy, since the service gives you the embed code and you need only paste it. The problem is, if you're pasting the link into a website that has a responsive design, the video frame will not resize because the embed code itself is not responsive. Same goes for embeds from Google Maps, Vimeo, and Instagram. If you know how to, you can always edit the code yourself to make it responsive, but a much faster and easier way to do is by using Embed Responsively. It’s a web app dedicated to providing you with responsive embed codes for content on services like YouTube, Vimeo, Google Maps, and Instagram. Read More