Sunday, April 10, 2011

YouTube Audio Player

While I was procrastinating on my essay for GSW, I’ve made a couple slight changes to
the YouTube
Audio Player
that should make it a little better.

Firstly, I’ve given you the
ability to allow YouTube to set cookies.  I’m not sure why anyone would be interested in doing this for a
Music player, but its there.  I guess the primary reason I set this is because youtube-nocookie wasn’t
working properly the other day, as I soon found out from a comment on my blog.  So if it isn’t showing up,
you should allow YouTube to collect cookies.

The second, and by far the more important
change is embedding the link (in the event that neither the object nor the embed shows) in a <noembed>
tag.  I’m not quite sure how I didn’t know about the existence of this tag, but I’ve gone ahead and
programmed it in properly, which should get rid of the annoying duplication some users have been seeing on
any players generated from this point forward.

And one last change I made while working
on this blog post, I created an API!  So now you can generate them on the fly if you want to and get just
the HTML for the player.  I’ll document the API below:

  • &q=

    • The URL to the YouTube Video or Playlist

  • &a=1

    • Only Add if you want the music to AutoPlay

  • &loop=1

    • Only Add if you want the music to Loop

  • &js=1

    • Only Add if you want to be able to use the
      JavaScript API with it

  • &s=on

    • Add if you want to enable the Progress Bar on the video.

    • &psize=
      This is the progress bar size, acceptable variables are below

      • s –
        Small, This will set the width of the video to 150px

      • m – Medium, This will
        set the width of the video to 187px

      • l – Large, This will set the width of
        the video to 224px

      • &tc =1

        • Only
          Add if you also want to show a timecode.  Only works with progress bar.  Changes the follow sizes to the
          corresponding pixels:

        • s – 225px

        • m – 262px

        • l – 299px

  • &invis=1

    • Add if you want to make the player
      invisible.  Note: People hate this.

  • &html5=1

    • Add if you want to use YouTube’s HTML5 player. You shouldn’t use this.  Its VERY buggy.

  • &cookie=1

    • Add if you’re okay with YouTube
      setting cookies on the user’s computer.

that’s all!  Enjoy!


  1. the part for the progress bar did not work for me, its alway ignored

  2. @ab35f1c654d01628dcb1e3a19b3866d2:disqus: My documentation is incorrect. It should be

  3. when I pasted my youtube playlist url into your"YouTube Audio Player" form the player
    can't work, how to fix this?

  4. The Playlist Support doesn't appear to work...

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  6. Hi Navarr, looks like YT changed the embed code and the crop of the embedded object
    ain't working anymore... I'm researching a solution and am subscribing to this post case you happen to find
    it first :)

  7. Looks like they changed to the new player even through embed.  There must be a way to
    embed the older flash player, but I'm not sure what it is. :

  8. It is possible to crop the iframe (, but
    this solution will require putting an image on top to start playing through Javaspcript... BUT, I just saw
    in the new embed code: version=3 
    If we put ?version=2&ETC, it works!

  9. I see that you put version=1... yep, gotta be better this way... I'm updating
    Audio-Tube as well, cheers :o[)

  10. You might be interested to know that you can specify &theme=light or &theme=dark

    I added it to my page. I really need to do a graphical design to that page and
    rewrite the PHP.

  11. You don't have my plugin installed, do you? Light and dark are in the option page ;p

  12. As you can probably tell, I don't wordpress much. :p So no. But if I start a music blog
    or my personal blog back up I'll be sure to! :)

  13. Rewrote the generator into a PHP class today.  You might like it.  Its up on github.
     Fork it and pull req any good changes, okay~? ;) 

    also fully XHTML compatible now.)

  14. Copy that. Will revisit the plugin soon and implement. Cheers! ¡o)

  15. Thank you SO MUCH for this. I was ready to tear my hair out when Youtube's latest
    changes broke all my progress-bar-only embeds (again!); I am incredibly glad to have found your Youtube
    Audio Player. This will make it SO much easier to fix everything. Thanks. :)

  16. Hey Navarr, could you update the bookmarklet on to use 'ytaudio'
    instead of the old 'ytmusic'? Also could you just try it out generally for yourself ..on my end it kinda
    working some months ago.

    anyways, thanks for the cool low-CPU-usage

  17. I've updated the bookmarklet and it all seems to work!

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