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Let's say there's a channel that churns out a lot of content, but I am only interested in a subset of it. That content cannot be made into a show, as per some YouTube guideline or whatever, but the channel owner helpfully compiles it into a playlist.

I know it's possible to subscribe to a show, but what about a playlist?

(I actually remember doing so about 3 design iterations back, but I can't find it now.)

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For subscribing to a playlist through a feed reader (not within your YouTube account) the answer builds on the answer to a similar question here, but with YouTube's recent layout revamp, an slight update to that answer is necessary.

Go to the user's page and click on their Videos tab and then the Playlists link on the left side to see the list of their playlists. Go into the playlist you want, and then click on the Share button. The link it gives you should look something like this: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4CB4E2B35919DD4B. After the = are two letters (most likely PL) -- copy everything after those two letters and paste it at the end of the following link:

http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/playlists/

This is your RSS feed to subscribe to the playlist in the feed reader of your choice.

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Unfortunately this solution no longer works, server just responds with "410 Gone" – groovy354 Aug 12 '15 at 18:24

I'd make 2 changes to @eisb's suggestion:

  1. That is an invalid playlist Id, so try "8DCB3F2E1AF98B48" (Cronoslogic's 'Hubble Space Telescope' series), but more importantly
  2. Use 'base' rather than 'api' in the URL, e.g http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/playlists/8DCB3F2E1AF98B48

In the documentation, it says "Similarly, if you prefer to use the base projection, which is well suited to feed readers, you can substitute base for api in any of the sample requests described in the API documentation." It seems the api projection is more for developers.

I've just added that to Google Reader and it works fine.

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Good point on 'base' vs. 'api'. +1 – eisb Apr 17 '13 at 14:28
    
Actually api produced exactly the same visual output in feedly as base did for me. And the playlist ID that @eisb mentioned that you can get from the Share button works just fine. – jmagnusson Apr 24 '14 at 8:12
    
The "gdata" RSS URLs no longer seem to work. ATTOW, this answer works for me: stackoverflow.com/a/30317505 – Peter Ford May 11 at 22:28

We built a way to subscribe to YouTube playlists out of frustration with this same problem. Feel free to use it and subscribe to playlists on YouTube.

The Custom Subscriber

Here’s how it works.

  1. Search for a channel
  2. We show you the available playlists (Type in "Nat Geo" for example to see all the playlists they have! It helps show why being able to subscribe to specific playlists can be useful.)
  3. You subscribe to the playlists you're interested in with options for receiving notifications through email, SMS or Twitter DM’s.

It is very basic right now, and we know there are many ways to improve it.

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