I admit, when I was closing the copious amounts of google accounts I had (when YouTube channels needed a separate account rather than now where you can swap. That and I wanted to be “InTeRneT FamOUs”) it was hard for me to think of how I was going to be able to replace YouTube.
In my mind, no other streaming platform was going to take its place, at least right now.
When I heard of Newpipe, I immediately went for it, transferred all my info, and backed up the remains and let it be.
I’ve been using Newpipe for almost a year now, and I do admit there are times I have been annoyed.
There are times where YouTube changes its systems and a new update is needed which can take a few days.
Other times, studdering gets annoying.
But I have to keep telling myself, this is better for the long run and things will get better, as long as I got Youtube with no tracking (or a lack of) then I’m happy. I get the same product.
Others will find it annoying, but there are options.
If a interface is to much, maybe keep the YouTube account on the phone in a work profile and debloat the original one off the phone.
Maybe if you follow just a few creators, maybe bookmark the creators and visit them when you can?
Maybe if its possible RSS feed the YouTube uploads page of each channel if, and have it open up in Newpipe or A browser with ublock.
Maybe it won’t be a big deal to others, as long as the video is playable. I couldn’t tell you.
If you can find alternatives and make more available to then when they make the switch like apps or services and YouTube is one of only a few reasons when compared to 10 to 15 other positives, then it will still be worth checking out.
Trying to balance the experience and expendability.