PlayTheInternet is a Chrome extension that enables you to collect and play videos hosted on YouTube, SoundCloud or Video easily without being on those sites.
Designed as an effective option to create music video playlists independent from any single service, it can be used for any video hosted on supported sites and works as well for other contents where the spoken word matters most.
What sets this program apart is that it is not restricted to the three supported websites when it comes to collecting videos.
This can be extremely useful on sites like Reddit where users may posts links to videos that are hosted on either service. Instead of having to juggle around with the playlist functionality of those sites or open lots of videos in tabs to play them one after the other, you can use PlayTheInternet to make things more comfortable.
For one, the extension picks up all videos hosted on supported sites automatically. When you hit its button it displays all videos found on the particular page.
You can then drag and drop one, some or all of the videos found to an existing playlist or a new playlist. A click on the playlist button plays all videos added to the currently selected playlist. Video can be played as well but you can also keep everything running in the background.
The interface looks a bit messed up but is not really that hard to find your way around in once you start using it. The LMS and 12 options at the top are interesting as they allow you to change how information are displayed. LMS are two different styles for links displayed by the extension with large displaying large thumbnails and font sizes, medium smaller versions and small only text links. The 1 and 2 options let you switch between a one and two column design.
The main way of adding videos to a playlist is to visit pages that link to these videos on the Internet.If you visit the main music group on Reddit and hit the icon of the extension for example, it lists all of the videos found on the page so that you can add them to a playlist effortlessly.
The extension comes with a parser that you can use to paste video links in directly. Great if someone sends you links on Skype or on Facebook.
The player itself supports the usual controls: you can pause playback, skip a song or go back one, or use a slider to load a specific position.
There is also a panel option which adds a small play panel to the desktop that runs independent from the main Chrome window. You can keep it open to control playback and get information about the song that is currently playing.
PlayTheInternet can synchronize playlists across devices using Chrome Sync. Note that you need to sign in to to a Google account before the option becomes available.
One issue that I encountered occasionally was that playback stopped for a short time.
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