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    Default Is there any way I can listen to songs on youtube and use other apps at same time?

    Any way I can do other things whilst YouTube is running
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    no, not that i know of.
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    Jasmine, a YouTube app on iOS, had this ability. But then Google sent them a message telling them to remove that feature. For some reason Google doesn't want people playing YouTube in the background. Not sure why.
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    Have you tried bring youtube up in a browser window, playing your music in there and minimizing or making the window small to use another app ?

    That could work.

    edit: nope, not for me - see if you can get it working
    Last edited by bigtroutz; 12-19-2012 at 12:17 AM.
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    Probably so you see the ads. But wait... If YouTube is running in background you won't be able to skip the ad and have to listen to it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravynmagi View Post
    Jasmine, a YouTube app on iOS, had this ability. But then Google sent them a message telling them to remove that feature. For some reason Google doesn't want people playing YouTube in the background. Not sure why.
    I'm pretty sure that's illegal, or at least against one of Google's policies. If you streamed Thriller on YouTube and listened to it in the background, wouldn't it be the same thing as buying Thriller from the music store, only free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eduardo06sp View Post
    I'm pretty sure that's illegal, or at least against one of Google's policies. If you streamed Thriller on YouTube and listened to it in the background, wouldn't it be the same thing as buying Thriller from the music store, only free?
    Yea !! and listening to it on the radio too !! or in a commercial errr, ok, on someones recordplayer and you didn't buy the record...errmm...okok, hummed it in three part harmony but did not buy the sheet music !!!!! /sarc
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    Doesn't the default music player do exactly what you are looking for?

    Mine will play in the background unless I'm doing something else that requires sound (games, etc)
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJREX View Post
    Doesn't the default music player do exactly what you are looking for?

    Mine will play in the background unless I'm doing something else that requires sound (games, etc)
    Yes it will play music files in the background, but youtube in the mobile browser the youtube app will not. I think Google designs this specifically to prevent people from circumventing the visual advertisements. (Perhaps there is some crazy Firefox addon that will prevent the video from stopping when you switch tabs).

    Psst, what I do is use an app to grab the content you want as an mp3 and then do as CJREX has suggested and play in my music player. Not as spontaneous, but workable.
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    No because video is accomplished by an Activity and not a Service and all Activities are frozen in time when they lose focus so they don't consume CPU cycles. In order for them to accomplish this, they would have to create a new service that would start when the activity loses focus due to the limitations of the Android OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diknak View Post
    No because video is accomplished by an Activity and not a Service and all Activities are frozen in time when they lose focus so they don't consume CPU cycles. In order for them to accomplish this, they would have to create a new service that would start when the activity loses focus due to the limitations of the Android OS.
    That sounds about right. Is there an OS reason why browsers etc. do not have adjustable window size ? I seem to recall some video player that could work in a floating resizable popup window ... SuperVideo - looked it up.

    Try that player, jazzyyxo.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...9wdXBWaWRlbyJd
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigtroutz View Post
    That sounds about right. Is there an OS reason why browsers etc. do not have adjustable window size ? I seem to recall some video player that could work in a floating resizable popup window ... SuperVideo - looked it up.

    Try that player, jazzyyxo.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...9wdXBWaWRlbyJd
    Yes, the reason why you can't have windows side by side (different apps) and truly multi task like you can in Windows is because the Android OS handles these activities one at a time to prevent apps from destroying your battery life.

    Interesting, I have never seen that app. For the video shown on the home screen, it looks like they are accomplishing that through a widget. For the screenshot that shows 2 videos side by side within the single app, that wouldn't require anything special to do. Right now, the real impossible thing to do has been getting apps to be able to run side by side with one another. With the Recent Apps screen, it becomes less of an issue though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diknak View Post
    Yes, the reason why you can't have windows side by side (different apps) and truly multi task like you can in Windows is because the Android OS handles these activities one at a time to prevent apps from destroying your battery life.
    Sounds like more customizing Android foolishness (...we know better than you do..) to me. Some of us can plug our tablet in most of the time. I think perhaps another reason may be that tablet I/O is inadequate and just as background I/O can supposedly bring foreground apps to their knees (thus creating a need for task killers), multitasking would show the supposed hardware weakness as well. Ah well, better hardware is always on the horizon and I would think the Tegra quad can handle multitasking just fine. More powerful tablets are bound to come soon.
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    This is one issue that i hate with YouTube. I frequently listen to music on YouTube at the gym and a while back i was able to put my playlist on auto play, lock the screen and stick my phone in my pocket. Now when i lock the screen YouTube automatically stops.

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    Download pvstar+ from the play store. Not only can you play in the background, the app also cache the videos so you can watch the videos you've watched again later even when you have no internet.
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    Also there is a YouTube player called nextvid where it allows YouTube to play in the background
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    This is what I like about Android....wild wild west !!!

    pvstar+ installed and works great --- apparently does not hog all system resources since foreground apps seem to work decently.
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    I use an app called pvstar on google play has videos from utube dailymotion...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohamad Furqaan View Post
    Download pvstar+ from the play store. Not only can you play in the background, the app also cache the videos so you can watch the videos you've watched again later even when you have no internet.
    Awesome will do thanks
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    Yes download pvstar+ app and it is connected to youtube , and is controlled via pull down menu so you can search web in your browser separately.and music stays playing in background. Works in my gingerbread cell and jelly bean tab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paintedspurranch View Post
    Yes download pvstar+ app and it is connected to youtube , and is controlled via pull down menu so you can search web in your browser separately.and music stays playing in background. Works in my gingerbread cell and jelly bean tab.
    Do you ever have a problem with the app not playing the videos? For some reason it will play the first song on my play list and then it stalls out and won't go down the list. I then try playing the songs manually and it constantly loads but does nothing.
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    @roblox84 I'm new and I can't see this is going into the thread to answer your question but I'm answering: yes, I have the problem where it will play it only once and never again on certain videos. If I don't turn it off myself, but the app stops playing maybe because I use the video recorder or take a phone call, it will start back up. I can pause, repeat, etc., no problem. But once I leave that particular video I can't get back because it says the person didn't make the video compatible for the device. UNLESS I RESTART my phone! yay! So worth it for the Jeff Buckley Grace album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roblox84 View Post
    Do you ever have a problem with the app not playing the videos? For some reason it will play the first song on my play list and then it stalls out and won't go down the list. I then try playing the songs manually and it constantly loads but does nothing.
    I answered you below #22 before I found out how to reply with quote. But... Restart the phone it will work again ONCE

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