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MacRumors
Sep 18, 2013, 10:05 AM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/youtube.pngVideo sharing service YouTube (http://youtube.com) has announced (http://youtubecreator.blogspot.sg/2013/09/heads-up-about-upcoming-youtube-mobile.html) on its blog for creators and partners that it will be updating its mobile apps for iOS and Android with an offline viewing mode, stating that users will be allowed to add videos to their devices to watch for a "short period when an internet connection is unavailable", with AllThingsD reporting (http://allthingsd.com/20130918/no-internet-no-problem-youtube-getting-ready-to-let-you-watch-videos-offline-on-your-phone/) that the window will be up to 48 hours.

YouTube says that the feature will be implemented in November and will be a part of many updates planned for YouTube viewing on mobile devices.This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable. So your fans' ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute. [...]

Check out the YouTube blog when this launches in November for more details on how this will work for viewers.YouTube's iOS app was last updated (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/20/youtube-app-updated-with-continuous-playback-and-search-while-watching-features/) late last month with continuous, touch-free playback of video playlists and a new picture-in-picture playback that allowed users to watch a video while still browsing through search results. The service originally launched (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/11/google-launches-native-youtube-app-for-iphone/) a native YouTube app for the iPhone after Apple removed (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/08/06/ios-6-beta-4-removes-dedicated-youtube-app/) the Apple-supplied YouTube iOS app with the release of iOS 6.

YouTube (http://appshopper.com/photography/youtube) is a universal app for iOS devices and can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id544007664?mt=8)]

Article Link: YouTube to Implement Offline Viewing Mode in iOS App This November (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/18/youtube-to-implement-offline-viewing-mode-in-ios-app-this-november/)



akbarali.ch
Sep 18, 2013, 10:06 AM
This is great news !

Kissaragi
Sep 18, 2013, 10:06 AM
Thats good but the feature I want most is being able to choose which resolution it plays at.

FelixAng
Sep 18, 2013, 10:09 AM
there is so much potential with this idea...

jonasdamn
Sep 18, 2013, 10:09 AM
Damn when it will be possible to run youtube in background

chrisherbert
Sep 18, 2013, 10:15 AM
Damn when it will be possible to run youtube in background

You used to be able to play them in the background on the YouTube website but that doesn't seem possible anymore.

kwikdeth
Sep 18, 2013, 10:18 AM
Id just be happy if i could get through a 30 seconnd clip without it buffering multiple times...

cheesyappleuser
Sep 18, 2013, 10:18 AM
Yes!! Now let us listen to it in background eheh

John.B
Sep 18, 2013, 10:21 AM
Damn when it will be possible to run youtube in background

Yes!! Now let us listen to it in background eheh

This.

Thats good but the feature I want most is being able to choose which resolution it plays at.

And this.

Or at the very least pick a reasonable default resolution based on device capability and connection quality. Google always seems to fail when it comes to UX issues, and this is no exception.

Smith288
Sep 18, 2013, 10:31 AM
Damn when it will be possible to run youtube in background

iOS restriction.

trainwrecka
Sep 18, 2013, 10:34 AM
Oh, how I miss the Apple-run YouTube app. There are so many ads in the Google version. Funny how those HD ads never have an issue loading, but the video you actually want to watch is broadcast in 240p and can't load past 5 seconds...

iRalph
Sep 18, 2013, 10:38 AM
There are so many things the YouTube app still needs such as:

-Being able to reply to comments
-Being able to change the playback resolution
-Being able to play audio in the background!

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iOS restriction.

It works in other apps on iOS.. I don't think it has anything to do with iOS...

DOSNET
Sep 18, 2013, 10:38 AM
Thats good but the feature I want most is being able to choose which resolution it plays at.

You don't really need that on an iOS device. The app can decide what resolution is best for the device you're running on quite easily. At least that's how I would implement the YouTube app. Don't know how Google does it.

Ventilatedbrain
Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM
Guys seriously ... The solution is an app called mctube .. Offline playing , choosing the resolution , background playing ...etc etc I almost never use YouTube app

John.B
Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM
iOS restriction.

False.

Jasmine had background audio for YouTube video, until Google's legal team forced them to pull it via an update.

Smith288
Sep 18, 2013, 10:47 AM
There are so many things the YouTube app still needs such as:

-Being able to reply to comments
-Being able to change the playback resolution
-Being able to play audio in the background!

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It works in other apps on iOS.. I don't think it has anything to do with iOS...

Video isn't an available function for background API. I assume the other apps are doing some special magic to stream it as an audio stream. Youtube could do that, I suppose... but I don't think they want their official app to be used as a music player.

troop231
Sep 18, 2013, 10:54 AM
False.

Jasmine had background audio for YouTube video, until Google's legal team forced them to pull it via an update.

Use the ViaTube app, it works perfectly and better than Jasmine.

ReanimationN
Sep 18, 2013, 10:59 AM
Oh, how I miss the Apple-run YouTube app. There are so many ads in the Google version. Funny how those HD ads never have an issue loading, but the video you actually want to watch is broadcast in 240p and can't load past 5 seconds...

This.

Google's YouTube app is pretty bad. McTube Pro used to be the best, before Google and Apple had it removed for offering a caching feature, which is now what Google is going to offer in their app.

The new McTube app is decent, while Protuber offers the caching feature McTube Pro used to have.

Smith288
Sep 18, 2013, 11:00 AM
False.

Jasmine had background audio for YouTube video, until Google's legal team forced them to pull it via an update.

Read my above response.

pickaxe
Sep 18, 2013, 11:02 AM
Use the ViaTube app, it works perfectly and better than Jasmine.

Better yet, use McTube.

troop231
Sep 18, 2013, 11:14 AM
Better yet, use McTube.

I did, but not anymore.. ViaTube has caching :)

Kissaragi
Sep 18, 2013, 11:20 AM
You don't really need that on an iOS device. The app can decide what resolution is best for the device you're running on quite easily. At least that's how I would implement the YouTube app. Don't know how Google does it.

Unfortunately it doesn't work like that for me, the quality will jump up and down throughout the video. Using a third party youtube app that allows setting a default resolution means videos play smoothly all the way through.

I agree that you shouldn't need it but at least in my case, i do.

Lefty21
Sep 18, 2013, 11:38 AM
"So your fans' ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute."

Am I the only one who interprets this as Google encouraging watching videos while driving?

bbeagle
Sep 18, 2013, 11:55 AM
"So your fans' ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute."

Am I the only one who interprets this as Google encouraging watching videos while driving?

I interpret this directed to those who commute by bus, train, subway or are in a carpool.

Jimmy James
Sep 18, 2013, 12:19 PM
There are a number of apps that implement offline use more completely.

Tiger8
Sep 18, 2013, 12:44 PM
"So your fans' ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute."

Am I the only one who interprets this as Google encouraging watching videos while driving?

Yes you are the only one. In metro areas, people commute using trains, subways, boats, and buses.

I think it's a killer feature especially if you are about to board a plane with no wifi

nagromme
Sep 18, 2013, 02:18 PM
I'd settle for reliable ONline viewing! Not 5 seconds motion, 10 seconds buffer. My other video apps can keep right on streaming, adapting quality as needed--why not YouTube?

And a suggestion for Google:

You already have pre-roll full-screen ads (many non-skippable, others skippable after a timer), and you have ad strips overlaid on the bottoms of videos. Why not an ad strip across the top, too? And maybe a bar down each side, plus a little ad you have to tap through every time you show/hide the controls? You're leaving money on the table, Google! Your customers (who of course are not users, but advertisers) are crying out for more!

barkmonster
Sep 18, 2013, 02:36 PM
I'd sooner an option NOT to mute the audio until a video is playing so I can continue listening to my own music the way I would on my Mac while using YouTube.

I'd also like the ability to play in the background with no video so I can listen YouTube videos, not watch them, while I use safari other apps.

maxwelltech
Sep 18, 2013, 03:20 PM
I would rather have offline viewing in Google Maps...

Lefty21
Sep 18, 2013, 07:38 PM
Yes you are the only one. In metro areas, people commute using trains, subways, boats, and buses.

I think it's a killer feature especially if you are about to board a plane with no wifi
Good point.

John.B
Sep 19, 2013, 10:08 PM
I would rather have offline viewing in Google Maps...

Then how would Google track your location? :p