[Howto] solve Raspberry Pi + YouTube “if playback doesn’t begin shortly, try restarting your device”

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pulseaudio is broken and blocks video playback

temporary solution:
restart pulseaudio with pulseaudio -k and retry video playback. it should play.

permanent solution:
1) install pipewire-pulse
2) enable and start pipewire with systemctl --user start pipewire-pulse.service pipewire-pulse.socket and systemctl --user enable pipewire-pulse.service pipewire-pulse.socket
3) check via pactl info if pipewire is active, e.g. “Server Name: PulseAudio (on PipeWire 0.3.48)”
4) retry video playback. now it should start playing without error message.