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My internet connection is quite slow (128 kbps while browsing) and I want to know if I can disable video streaming on YouTube and listen only to the audio portion.

There are many songs on YouTube that I want to listen to with no need to watch the video. Will the streaming rate increase?

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I do not believe the audio and video are on different files at youtube so streaming then separately or ony 1 of them seems very hard. –  Mythje May 23 '11 at 13:41
yes that is the whole point...... any workarounds –  t0mkaka May 23 '11 at 13:44
Well aside downloading them instead of streaming them i don't think there is. –  Mythje May 23 '11 at 13:46
SO there is no way of using less bandwidth and still listen to those beautiful songs... –  t0mkaka May 23 '11 at 13:54
Well ehm i would know 1 thing but that's not something i would do myself but you could check it out Opera(webbrowser) has a function they call Turbo(opera.com/browser/turbo) it compresses files before sending them over which would reduce the amount of mb's you will have to download. On normal webpages it works slower because it has to encrypt it and decrypt it before you can use it. Other then that i cannot help you any further. –  Mythje May 23 '11 at 14:00

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A service like FetchMP3 creates an MP3 version of the audio in the YouTube video. Other services which can do this include Listen To YouTube and Save YouTube

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Try http://navarr.me/ytaudio/

You usually need to check the "Allow YouTube to collect cookies" option for it to work. I've been using it with my slow DSL service and for things you want to hear and don't care about video, it works great.

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looks interesting. are you sure it is only streaming audio part of video, even in background? –  Kostanos Apr 28 '14 at 15:57
Works great! Yes cookies have to allowed for it to work. –  tutak May 30 '14 at 20:11

If you just want to listen to a song then use Pandora or Last.FM. Other web services out there just like these two.

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Pandora is not available outside US. Last.fm is paid-only outside US & UK –  Sathya May 25 '11 at 4:35
@Sathya Media Hint may help. I'm in Spain and listening to Pandora. –  jberger May 23 '14 at 19:41

I'd suggest loading the video(s) in separate tabs. Pause them as soon as they start, come back and listen to them once they have fully loaded. This should give you adequate time to compensate for your internet connection.

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I 'listen' to YouTube videos all the time while I am working on my laptop.

...I minimize the video and voila I only get audio.

Hope this helps.

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I think this would not help, because @t0mkaka looks for a solution that does not transfer the video at all, since his internet connection is quite slow. Secondly, it would save traffic. –  Tim Büthe Aug 16 '13 at 15:05

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