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I have tried all music players recommended in answers for similar questions, but I haven't found a player meeting the following requirements:

  • Plays youtube playlists smoothly (caches the audio before playing, I mostly don't care about video)
  • Allows to choose quality
  • Normalizes volume
  • Lightweight

Is there such a music player?

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Are you looking to record the audio from the youtube video? If so, then there are many websites that you can visit via searching for Youtube Audio downloader in Google. – The Fish Feb 28 '12 at 19:43

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vlc Install vlc

can do this via a specific addon.

Look up the page for instructions - among others:


  • put the file in the vlc /lua/playlist folder, by default:
  • Linux (all users): /usr/lib/vlc/lua/playlist/
  • Linux (current user): ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/playlist/

How to use:

  • Copy the URL of the youtube video or playlist (must contain "list=PL...")
  • Start VLC, press Ctrl+N, paste the url then click on "Play" (or Alt+P then Enter), the video /playlist should start

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(In 'Media', 'Save Playlist to File' and may open it later in VLC.)

Now I see that this answer was already given here, although with a different link.

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As YouTube is a video site, you are unlikely to find a music player with support for it. Also, even if you do, you should note that the YouTube API is fairly restrictive in what those apps would be allowed to do anyway, and you will likely only be able to get the low-quality versions of any videos, even those which may have 1080p video and 5.1 audio in the original upload.

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I don't know if it'll meet your precise requirements, but have you given Minitube a shot? It's a very nice application that should go a long way towards helping you. Here is a link to the PPA's page:

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Thanks, but this does neither normalizes volume nor caches the audio. – takeshin May 30 '11 at 7:52

Actually the default Movie Player (aka Totem) is capable of doing that:

Screenshot Totem

But I have to admit, that it is not very advanced and does not meet all your needs. But there might be a lot of plugins out there, since it is a quite popular default player.

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tomahawk/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install tomahawk

Phonon-VLC is the recommended audio backend for Ubuntu as there are known issues with others. So please make sure the package phonon-backend-vlc is installed rather than phonon-backend-gstreamer.

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One to look out for is Miro if you haven't already tried. The reason why I am not saying install it is the youtube and other features that require flash are presently not working in Ubuntu 11.10 but I expect there to be a future update that fixes it soon.


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There is a video and music player called MiniTube. It can play Youtube videos and playlists and is very lightweight. Just search for it in the Software Center.

If this doesn't work, you could also try the XBMC Media Center. XBMC plays almost every music/video file and it supports YouTube videos/playlists.

Note: XBMC is a full Media Center. It is a very big and powerful application. I think that you are searching for a more lightweight player.

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Just a small correction: Minitube cannot play back user supplied playlist. Instead it automatically creates playlists from search terms. – Glutanimate Oct 13 '12 at 1:19

If it really is music videos you are only interested in, musictube might be the right application for you. It's from the same developer as minitube.

share|improve this answer Music Queuer is a website which will allow you to play lists of you tube videos non stop, you can create a playlist of youtube videos or soundcloud songs and play them all as if they are in one player. The website indexes music via categories so that it is more music orientated in an album artist fashion.

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