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Mar 21, 2017, 12:16 AM
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Death of youtube downloads

So today, the Alphabet corporation finally closed down the party by disabling the last of the downloadable API's on youtube. 4kvideodownloader & movgrab no longer work for any videos. No more 4k video unless your connection & browser are fast enough to play it in realtime. No dynamic range compression besides what a piece of hardware connected to your headphone jack can do. There's a slight chance someone may find another back door. There should be another back door as long as playback is supported on a browser, but the current generation doesn't have any interest in making things work.

With cleverly hacked software, 4k was glorious on 7 year old hardware that couldn't play it otherwise & an internet connection only fast enough for 640x480.

Still remember 8 years ago, when it was as simple as renaming files in the browser cache & the entire video was a single file. They played cat & mouse games for 8 years, constantly obfuscating the API in new ways. It's not whether something can be done anymore, but whether anyone has the interest or the intelligence.
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