Hi groovyMac users–if you’re like me, then you’ve noticed that starting this month, YouTube has been experiencing some pretty harsh lag. This seems to be confined to Google Chrome users, and, if I’m not mistaken, seems to be more prevalent for OS X and Macbook users as well. Essentially, the YouTube slowdown is pronounced in the form of choppy video, yet inexplicably smooth audio. Even weirder, the video lag ceases if you wiggle your mouse around.
If you were considering reporting the problem to Google, don’t bother–they know. And for now, there is no permanent fix. But there are three workarounds:
- Clear your cache before visiting YouTube (pain in the butt).
- Use a different browser like IE or Firefox (Heaven forbid!)
- Visit YouTube in incognito mode (most convenient)
Given that this YouTube/Chrome video lag seems to stem from cache issues and/or other data that Chrome/YouTube are tracking–let’s remember now that both YouTube and Chrome are owned and developed by the big G–I’m going to have to go out on a limb here and say that this is kind of fishy. Does this YouTube lag have something to do with a recent update to YouTube and/or Chrome that adds some extra (and buggy) layer of user tracking? Maybe.
Google’s in yr computerz. Trackin wutz you watch.
Stay tuned for a permanent fix for this issue.