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I would like to save bandwidth when watching youtube, can I get only the audio?

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i'm afraid there ain't much left to "watch" if you only get the audio stream :) –  Molly7244 Feb 4 '10 at 22:43
The videos on m.youtube.com, consume lesser bandwidth but use the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RSTP) to show videos in 3gp format so it won't normally play on a desktop browser. However, you can copy the mobile YouTube URL to play it in VLC Media Player. Alternatively you can use the Vlc context menu Firefox add-on to the add URLs of mobile YouTube video files to VLCs playlist via the context menu of your Firefox browser mvark.blogspot.in/2013/03/… –  mvark Jan 15 '14 at 13:48
You can use VLC Media Player to extract audio s-anand.net/blog/downloading-songs-from-youtube –  mvark Jan 15 '14 at 13:56

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Several sites offer to download Youtube videos for you, convert them to MP3 and let you download just the MP3.


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sites like mp3ify.com can download the audio from a video, although if bandwith is a problem such as using a USB dongle with a data limit then you will still use a large portion compared to watching the video.

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up vote -3 down vote accepted

I'm afraid the real answer is: "There is no easy way of doing that".

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No it isn't the answer. This site listentoyoutube.com does it all for you, requires only a URL and outputs exactly what you want. How is this not easy? –  Joe Taylor Apr 29 '10 at 8:50

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