Out of laziness, I mostly listen to music off YouTube these days. As a library it’s pretty unbeatable, and I don’t have to worry about plugging in an external HDD with a big library.
Using the browser for selecting songs is a drag, but I’ve always used visual interfaces (originally iTunes, then a combination of VLC and Vox). Also, Flash player munches on your battery pretty bad. And I generally try to avoid executing anything with Flash.
Turns out there’s a CLI for YouTube, youtube-viewer with vim-like keybindings no less! Since it requires a newer version of Perl than what’s bundled with OSX, you need to do a little work to get it running.
The Perl version bundled with OSX in
/usr/bin/perl with Mac OSX 10.7.5, is
5.12.3. Considering Apple’s tendency to let the CLI tools bundled with OSX
rot, I doubt newer versions have a more up-to-date version. It’s entirely
possible that some system-level functionality depends on an old version of
Perl, so updating at the root level would be a Very Bad Idea.
$ curl -L http://xrl.us/installperlosx | bash
This will install 5.16.0 in
~/perl5/perlbrew and add a line to your
.bashrc, updating your env Perl version.
This one’s easy.
$ brew install mplayer
Snag the source:
$ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:trizen/youtube-viewer.git
Follow the instructions, but drop the last
sudo — provided you make
sure to execute
Build.PL with your perlbrew (rather than system) Perl, then
it will be installed in a user-specific directory.
$ perl Build.PL $ ./Build $ ./Build test $ ./Build install
$ youtube-viewer =>> Search for YouTube videos (:h for help)
Or, if you don’t want an MPlayer window popping up outside your Terminal while a video is playing:
$ youtube-viewer -n =>> Search for YouTube videos (:h for help)