I need a media player that does just one thing: Play a file and take for example either a YouTube or a Spotify or a SoundCloud or a Mixcloud URL and play it.

So, a media player that is based on playing via APIs from other storages than local, but possibly also play local files.

I have tried all media players and none can take a YouTube URL and play it.

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    For which operating system? Is support for some of the online services required (if yes, for which?), or would you also be happy for a player that only supports one of them?
    – unor
    Jul 10, 2016 at 23:50
  • Not MacOS. I'd be happy for a "gnutube" that does one thing and does it well for example gnutube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFe6-kj3g-I should play the media and only the media. I'd also be happy with audio only but I want the program "gnuish" and minimal. Jul 10, 2016 at 23:55
  • You could try Baka-MPlayer
    – wb9688
    Nov 13, 2016 at 10:55

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If you are looking for one, then you have to try VLC Media Player. Even the YouTube URL also worked in it.

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    Gagan, could you please at least include a link to where to find the player? Usually I'd ask also to list how it matches the requirements, but the question doesn't give much of that ;) Pointer: Our answer guidelines. Thanks! // PS: The downvote isn't mine ;)
    – Izzy
    Aug 2, 2016 at 22:43
  • VLC Media player, click to that link Aug 5, 2016 at 14:33
  • Thanks, edited that into your answer.
    – Izzy
    Aug 5, 2016 at 14:44

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