youtube-dl CLI usage is one of the simplest I have ever come across (when we compare to the amount of options it has). compared to something like gstreamer or ffmpeg, youtube-dl is a no-brainer. it is like, good CLI UX, if that makes sense..
@falktx @xgqt @hoergen Still, some people (especially Windows users) would benefit from not having to use the commandline to use free software alternatives to these shady websites...
I mean - I use yt-download all the time from therminal, but I understand for some people this might be an unpenetrable barrier to entry.
@unfa I would say so... until I tried powershell. it does basically what a bash shell does on linux, plus some fancy programming stuff on top.
I have seen people using CLI for loading up old MS-DOS games and emulators, it is really not that complex if there is a guide to accompany that tool.
Keep in mind that it's a question of priorities. The command line is no longer the standard computer interface, and most people just want the job done. Forcing them to invest the time to become comfortable with the command line isn't going to work. It just drives them to less-demanding solutions, like the abovementioned shady sites.
@kirschwipfel it can do a lot of things, so it seems normal to have many options. that does not make it very complicated IMO, just more featureful.
@unfa something we geeks may miss, or even refuse to accept:
normies will keep using shady websites because those website likely WORK ON MOBILE.
Some people don't have access to a computer and they can't afford to buy one, but they may own a shitty smartphone. That's another thing we computer geeks may forget.
I'd appreciate some help with installing it and running under Mint 20.1 I get "invalid syntax" message.
Looks like I've already got installed Python 3 with Mint.
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