On this post I’d like to show you this nice alternative to the official YouTube player, it’s called NewPipe, it’s free and open-source and you can get it through F-Droid.
I’m talking about version number 0.9.8
Here are some links and screenshots:
There are other youtube players on F-Droid but this one it’s the one that I like the most and this is why:
- from GitHub
NewPipe does not use any Google framework libraries, or the YouTube API. It only parses the website in order to gain the information it needs. Therefore this app can be used on devices without Google Services installed. Also, you don’t need a YouTube account to use NewPipe, and it’s FLOSS.
- Video/Audio Download
You can download any video in either WebM or MP4 and choose the preferred quality, plus there’s the ability to download only the audio track (great option for podcasts, interviews, music, etc…).
- Nice Video Player with the option to use an external one
The default built-in video player (there are actually 2, the old one needs to be turned one in the Settings menu) is very nice and useful, you can select the video quality, force landscape mode, watch a video in a popup window and control volume and brightness with gestures without stop the stream.
If that’s not enough you can also pipe the video to an external video or audio player.
- Play the audio track in the background
This is another great feature that allows you to stream only the audio track in the background without wasting battery life and processor power to reproduce a video that you don’t need.
- Tor support (coming soon)
Tor support is coming soon, once there avoiding the lovely government censorship will be a matter of seconds. (if you badly need this option there is another on F-Droid app called WebTube).
- Plenty of settings to customize your defaults
The player is fully customizable, you can select the default video/audio format and resolution, the download folders and all the previously mentioned things.
- Comments aren’t shown
Best feature ever! Most of the times you just need to concentrate on the content instead of wasting your time with all that display of divide and conquer and posthumanism.