Create A Playlist Of Your Favorite Music on YouTube with Loudlee

The last couple of years have really seen the online music scene explode. While Pandora has been around for a while, now we have Rdio, Spotify, MOG and probably a million others. The difference between these newer apps and the likes of Pandora is that the newer app really make listening to music a social experience. You can create playlists, share them with your friends, listen to your friends’ favorites and so on.

YouTube, while not considered a traditional music website, has a large number of tracks available for listening uploaded either by the artists themselves or by fans. Loudlee aims to bring all the music on YouTube together and adds it’s own special social sauce to the experience.

So how does Loudleee work ?

After you sign up for an account using your Facebook credentials, you’ll be directed to a page with the artists and bands that other people on Loudlee are listening to.

Hover your mouse over any of the albums that you see, and you’ll be presented with a choice to either queue the album to your playlist or play it right away.

You can also search for songs or artists from the Search bar in the top right corner of the page and from the search results, add a complete album or individual songs to your playlist.

When you have your playlist all sorted out, just hit play on the small video player that you see and your added songs will begin streaming right off YouTube. The video is a bonus!

You can use the social buttons right above the video player to share the current song with your friends and let them in on some of the awesomeness too.

Loudlee lets you keep a track of the music you’ve already listened and also lets you take a look at your friends and followers’ stats and the music they’re listening to.

As soon as you listen to a song, the artist is added to your profile and you can get back to it from your profile page. Your friends can also look at the songs you’ve been listening to  and add them to their playlists. This is an awesome way to discover new music and I love Loudlee for implementing this feature.

Loudlee doesn’t let you save your playlists (yet) but the creators of the site say they’re working on this feature. Apart from that, a suggestion engine is also in the works and would turn Loudlee into an even better source for new music.

As you can probably tell, I’m already a big fan of Loudlee and I think you should also check it out. You won’t be disappointed!

Image courtesy: Digital Trends

Record a Screencast on Mac OS X using QuickTime X

QuickTimeA lot of the top bloggers have been using video as a medium to illustrate their posts for a long time now. Some of them use proprietary software to make screencasts and some of them just use digital cameras to shoot videos.

With Mac OS X latest incarnation, 10.6 Snow Leopard, however Apple has given everyone a chance to be in the select club of screencasting bloggers.

QuickTime X released with Snow Leopard contains a built-in feature for creating screencasts and uploading them to YouTube. Read on to find out how to make use of this awesome new capability.

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4 Video Sharing Sites that are better than YouTube

YouTubeFor a long time the Internet was a text only medium and the first browsers weren’t even capable of displaying anything but plain text. Then came browsers that could display static and animated GIFs and while it was a major change back then, text was still king and that was the medium in which most content was consumed.

The text only world of the Internet took a while to change but now with all the video sharing sites around, it does look like video is going to rule for some time to come. Video sharing really took off on the Internet after YouTube came on to the scene. In a way, YouTube was actually the pioneer and the others just followed it.

Over time, though, as YouTube stagnated and became a haven for spammers and such, other Video sharing sites have come up that offer a much better experience for the end user. In this post today, I’ll tell you about some of my favorite video sharing sites that I feel are better than YouTube.

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How to download youtube videos online

KeepVid Youtube is the biggest video sharing site on the Internet. And also, arguably, the biggest source of interesting videos on the planet. If you’re like me, you’d also want to save a copy of all the interesting videos you find on youtube and on other video sites, to your computer. That, depending on who you talk to, can be quite a difficult thing to do.

If you ask me, downloading videos from youtube to your computer is not that difficult, and I’ve written about this earlier. The only problem with my solution is that it required the user to be using Linux or have access to a machine that’s running Linux.

What if you don’t use Linux and would still like to download interesting videos to your computer ?

Well, KeepVid is here to your rescue.

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Download youtube videos to your computer on Linux

YouTubeYoutube is by far the most popular site for sharing videos. The only problem with uploading your videos to youtube is that there really is no easy way to download those videos back to your computer. Your only option than is to view them online. There are also times when you watch a video so hilarious/interesting that you want to keep a copy for your own use.

To get over these restrictions, a lot of people have written really neat utilities which let the user download videos directly from the site. In this post, we’ll be talking about one such utility for Linux.

Youtube-dl

Youtube-dl is a console only application which is the simplest utility I’ve found till now for downloading videos from youtube.

To install youtube-dl, if you’re using Ubuntu, use apt-get.

apt-get install youtube-dl

Now, using a browser, browse to the video that you want to download. Copy the URL of the video page.

Now, at the console, give the following command.

youtube-dl <URL of the video>

Youtube-dl

That’s all. youtube-dl will now download the video to your computer and save it in the default .flv format which Youtube uses to save it’s videos. FLV files can be easily played back on Linux using the excellent VLC media player.