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I like to use youtube-dl to automatically download videos from channels I want to follow (subscription feed replacement) and use hooktube to watch YouTube videos without providing Google with data. I haven't found a problem with that till now except for discovering new content (hooktube isn't that good with that, I found), so for that I have a YouTube only account that is pretty much disconnected from me in everyway (even IP address wise through VPN) made with non-real info. I hope that gives a few ideas for media consumption without sacrificing privacy :)

PS: I cannot add links to youtube-dl and hooktube because I'm on my phone, I believe a quick search can provide them.

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