people use Youtube here because you can link the video pretty easy and everybody can get the clip. That's why you see it in these threads, not because we all listen to music via youtube.First, there’s the energy consumption issue. Using video streaming when all you are really after is audio is not exactly climate-friendly. And yes, I think that matters. Because it does.
Secondly, a page crammed with embedded YouTube players tend to slow down most computers. Which is, at best, annoying (however convenient the player in itself may be).
Thirdly, there is indeed a royalty system in place at YouTube. But it doesn’t always work. And yes, I think that matters too.
also, I think I can put your mind at ease about some of these points.
First, your computer is turned on or its not. the machine cycles to process video doesn't change the power requirement. Your computer draws the same power regardless. I'm a software engineer, and I can assure you that the machine cycles to process video does not endanger our climate. If that were true, then all the young people with their cell phones would be contributing to global warming, and we know that is not the case. So you can relax there.
Secondly, if you have a broad band connection the video doesn't slow down anything. Here in the states basically everybody who wants it has broadband connections, so it doesn't really slow the rest of us down. so that is why nobody cares. Most of us are on a high speed connections. The rest of the internet acts the same way on a low speed connection, so TC wont be any different
third, the royalty system on youtube is done by the traffic, so you yourself dont actually pay anything. I had a friend who had a song of his get several thousand views one month and he got a check from youtube, so that's taken care of actually.
anyway, I just wanted to put your mind at ease, especially about the climate change stuff. You really dont have anything to worry about, that isn't how computers work. Electrical power is measured in watts and it equates to the number of actual electrons moved in a unit of time. Machine cycles dont draw more watts. That isnt how it works.