Is it possible to save bandwidth and listen to youtube audio?

I never waste my cellular data on YouTube.

The audio wouldn’t be a drain. It’s the video that kills you. It’s especially galling when the video consists of a few still images in the video.

My consumer Cellular plan gives me 2GB of data. Plenty to check email, news headlines, and my weather app. YouTube could rip through my quota in a afternoon.

Is it possible to save bandwidth and listen to youtube audio?

If you want music, use soundcloud or spotify.

If something else, I don’t know.

https://music.youtube.com/

With Premium, you can do audio-only mode:

https://support.google.com/youtubemusic/answer/6313574?hl=en&ref_topic=6277001

That subscription also gets you Google Play Music, which is a very similar service. You can choose which you want to use.

I’ll look into Spotify. I’ve heard of it but know nothing about how it works.

I have music on my Google drive. It’s inefficient. Seems to copy the file and then play. EVERY TIME . I guess they never heard of caching.

YouTube premium is an option. I suspect that eventually they’ll restrict the free service and force people to the premium plan.

DRIVE.google.com is not for caching
It is for file storage like documents and other things.

If you want your music online to stream
MUSIC.google.com
Which you can play back on your android device or PC

The different storage areas of google are optimized differently to suit their intended media types

TLDR, most of the online music industry has moved to streaming models (with downloads available). Spotify, Apple, Google, Pandora, it’s all similar. Doesn’t really matter much. You pay a monthly fee (or endure ads), listen to most available mass-market songs, and you can download albums or playlists to your phone.

I chose Google just cuz you get music and youtube both without ads.

Most of these places have family plans, too, if you can get a few friends & family together. Cheaper that way.

Didn’t realize google drive didn’t stream files for repeated use

I’ll look into Google music. I’ve never used it before.