YouTube is a video-sharing website, created in February 2005, and purchased by Google in November 2006. The web service lets billions of people find, watch, and share originally-created videos. It makes use of Adobe Flash Video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media video. It also offers a forum for people to communicate with others around the world, and acts as a distribution platform. Mainstream media corporations such as CBS, Vevo, Hulu and the BBC publish some of their catalog via YouTube, as part of the YouTube partnership program.
A common complaint about YouTube is that to watch the material you need to use a web browser. Fortunately, some funky developers have created applications that allow you to bypass the web-only barrier of YouTube. Each application featured is released under an open source license, and offers multi-platform support. The software allows users to access YouTube in a different way, creating a TV-like experience.
Here’s our recommended Windows-based free and open source software to tap into the huge YouTube catalog.
|MellowPlayer||Multi-platform cloud music integration|
|SMTube||Browse, search and play YouTube videos|
|Atraci||Streaming application for Windows, Mac and Linux|
|Minitube||Watch YouTube videos in a new way|
|youtube-dl||Command-line program to download videos from YouTube and other sites|
|mps-youtube||Terminal based YouTube player and downloader|
|Headset||Music player for the desktop|
|Kaku||Web technologies-based music player|
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