How to Listen to Blocked YouTube Videos
YouTube’s pervasive character in all things video makes it a natural choice for some people for listening to music as well. The familiarity and user base makes it a real contender compared to other, more dedicated services. Unfortunately for those users, videos that are blocked on YouTube are just as blocked for listening as they are for viewing.
In this article, you’ll learn a few ways to listen to your music on YouTube if it’s blocked in your region or on your network. We’re also going to touch on some useful tips and tricks for listening to music on YouTube in general.
Listening to Blocked Videos
Even a cursory examination of people’s actions will reveal that most people are in favor of rules, as long as those rules don’t apply to them. Copyright laws and censored content are all well and good until they become a nuisance to us. If you don’t want to put up with restrictions on your YouTube listening, there are a few resources that can help you.
The first method is also the simplest. TubeUnblock is a web proxy designed to cater to YouTube users. In short, this means that it redirects requests to YouTube servers. When you use TubeUnblock to view a video, the site makes it appear as though their servers are trying to access the video. This tricks YouTube into thinking an authorized user is trying to watch the video.
To use UnblockTube, you have three options. First, you can visit the website and use it as if it were a YouTube front page. You won’t be signed in to your account so your recommendations will be generic, but you can use the search box as if it was a YouTube search.
The second method involves modifying the video’s URL. Find the video you want to watch on YouTube and then replace “https://www.youtube.com” with “https://tubeunblock.com/.” This will simply make a proxy request for the same video and redirect you to the unblocked version.
The third and probably best way if you’re using Chrome or Firefox is to get the TubeUnblock extension. When active, the extension will automatically detect embedded YouTube videos and allow you to watch them even if they are blocked.
Use a VPN
The other method you can use is to install a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This functions on the same basic principle as TubeUnblock in that it filters your request through a server approved by YouTube. However, a VPN provides a significant added bonus. VPN services also encrypt your network traffic. Whether you’re worried about it or not, it’s good to have some encryption on your data.
This is also the best option if you’re trying to listen to blocked videos on your mobile device. Most VPN services have a mobile app that will do the exact same thing for your device even when you’re on your carrier’s network.
The Cadillac of VPN services is ExpressVPN. They have many different pricing plans and one of them will probably fit you. Free options also exist, but they won’t have nearly the same amount of features.
Lose the Video, Save the Audio
Something you may not have thought about is to ditch the video entirely and just keep the sound. It’s not an offbeat idea, and many online services exist to facilitate this. Of course, the provision here is that you will have to do some extra work, but the payoff is that you will have all your music saved for access at any point.
As stated, there are many ways to perform this operation, but a solid choice is DVDVideoSoft’s converter. It’s a user-friendly application for Windows, Mac, and mobile platforms. All you have to do is install it on your device and follow the on-screen instruction to turn any YouTube video into an MP3 file.
If you don’t want to use an application, you can also use an online service such as Converto. Paste the video’s URL into the search box and it will produce your MP3.
Listen to YouTube in the Background on Mobile
This last bit falls into the category of tips and tricks. Anyone who’s ever tried playing a video on YouTube on their mobile device knows that as soon as the device goes to sleep, the video stops. This egregious feature is designed to funnel users into YouTube’s premium service which doesn’t have the limitation. If you’re not crazy about paying for features you will hardly use, here’s how to get around that.
On Android devices, access YouTube’s website rather than launch the YouTube app. Once there, tap on the three vertical dots in the top-right. In the menu, scroll down and tap on “Desktop site.” Allow notifications when the prompt requests it and play a video. When you switch to another application, the playback will stop but you can control it by swiping down on your screen to show notifications.
You can do the very same thing on iOS devices with the Dolphin browser. Search for the YouTube.com site, find your video, and play it. Playback controls for the video will appear in your phone’s Control Center.
Unblock Your Listening
As you can see, it’s not very difficult to get around content restrictions. It essentially comes down to using a proxy server. Whether that comes in the form of a web proxy or a VPN is up to you, but either choice will do the job. Also, keep in mind that if you’re totally uninterested in the video portion, you can go the old-school route and build an MP3 library using a YouTube-to-audio converter.
Why do you prefer YouTube to dedicated music services? Share your thoughts in the comments below and let us know what you do circumvent the content block on YouTube.