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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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YouTube to Implement Offline Viewing Mode in iOS App This November




Video sharing service YouTube has announced 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 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.
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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 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 a native YouTube app for the iPhone after Apple removed the Apple-supplied YouTube iOS app with the release of iOS 6.

YouTube is a universal app for iOS devices and can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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This is great news !
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:06 AM   #3
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Thats good but the feature I want most is being able to choose which resolution it plays at.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:09 AM   #4
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there is so much potential with this idea...
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:09 AM   #5
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Damn when it will be possible to run youtube in background
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:15 AM   #6
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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.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:18 AM   #7
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Id just be happy if i could get through a 30 seconnd clip without it buffering multiple times...
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:18 AM   #8
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Yes!! Now let us listen to it in background eheh
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:21 AM   #9
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Damn when it will be possible to run youtube in background
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Yes!! Now let us listen to it in background eheh
This.

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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.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:31 AM   #10
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Damn when it will be possible to run youtube in background
iOS restriction.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:34 AM   #11
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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...
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:38 AM   #12
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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...
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:38 AM   #13
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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.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM   #14
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Guys seriously ... The solution is an app called mctube .. Offline playing , choosing the resolution , background playing ...etc etc I almost never use YouTube app
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM   #15
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iOS restriction.
False.

Jasmine had background audio for YouTube video, until Google's legal team forced them to pull it via an update.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:47 AM   #16
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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.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 10:54 AM   #17
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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.
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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.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 11:00 AM   #19
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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.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 11:02 AM   #20
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Use the ViaTube app, it works perfectly and better than Jasmine.
Better yet, use McTube.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 11:14 AM   #21
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Better yet, use McTube.
I did, but not anymore.. ViaTube has caching
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 11:20 AM   #22
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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.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 11:38 AM   #23
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"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?
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 11:55 AM   #24
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"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.
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Old Sep 18, 2013, 12:19 PM   #25
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There are a number of apps that implement offline use more completely.
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