Best OS X YouTube app?

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  1. tobefirst macrumors 68040

    tobefirst

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    I'm looking for a native YouTube *viewing* app for OS X. Searching is important, but secondary to the ability to login and view my subscriptions in the application. Does anyone have any recommendations on one they are using and like?

    Free is best, of course, but if there is one that is head and shoulders above the free options, I'm open to paying for it.
     
  2. Evren Carven macrumors regular

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    I usually watch youtube videos from the youtube website directly.
    How about to search 'youtube' keyword on macupdate? You may find some useful apps for you.
     
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Have to ask, what's wrong with the Youtube website?
     
  4. tobefirst thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Watching in the website means either
    1. watching in a window that is about 1500x1200, since that is what size I have safari set to, or
    2. resizing the window and scrolling to the right part of the page to view the video every time I want to watch, which can cause its own problems if I want to open a new window.
    I'm looking for something that will allow me to not mess at all with Safari and just have the video playing in its own app down in the corner.

    I know how to use Google, and the App Store, and Mac Update. I'm looking for recommendations on something someone has used before and likes, because it seems like there are a lot of crappy apps out there and very few good ones.
     
  5. xmichaelp macrumors 68000

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    I've never heard of any. I really wish there were native mac apps for services like netflix though.
     
  6. tinapanpan macrumors newbie

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    I usually watch youtube videos from the YouTube website directly.
     
  7. adib macrumors regular

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    Minitube. Able to search, browse, and subscribe to feeds without needing to log in. Also has a "compact mode" that just shows the video in a window.

     
  8. tobefirst thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks, @adib. I downloaded it and had a look. It is close to what I'm after. I'd actually rather have to login, as I'd like my subscriptions to carry over from one device to the next. With Minitube, if I add a subscription there, I'd have to add it again on my Youtube/Google account online. Appreciate very much the response.
     
  9. culb0743 macrumors member

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    Have you tried Go for YouTube by Fiplab? It usually goes for $2.99 USD, but currently free on promotion. Its basically a nice wrapper for the desktop website that runs from the menu bar. You could also have a look at App for YouTube by Stahl Technologies; pretty much just a wrapper for the YouTube mobile website, but meets all of your criteria.
     
  10. tobefirst, Jun 4, 2015
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    tobefirst thread starter macrumors 68040

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    @culb0743 – I'll have a look...as soon as I can get the Mac App Store to work. Appreciate the suggestion.
     
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  12. tanelkarp macrumors newbie

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    I was also just looking for a YouTube app. In addition to search & login, I wanted the app to look decent on Yosemite, have a dock icon and play videos natively (w/o flash) for better performance & battery life. To my surprise, most of the apps on the App Store are either packages of the YouTube website or just not up-do-date and horrible-looking.

    I found two more or less decent ones after digging:
    FoxTube — http://mix1009.com/foxtubemac/
    TubeG Pro — http://elitebits.com/tubeg/
    Both are also available in the App Store.
     
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  14. LozLoz68 macrumors newbie

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    Yeah like what is this...Just been searching for an official YouTube app for iMac and there doesn't seem to be one?! I prefer official apps and don't mind paying. Only seems to be available for iPhone or iPad tho. I've been having probs logging in using Safari, it just won't. I click on log in and it just refreshes the same page. By accident I found that I can log in easy using Google Chrome but an app would be way easier hey.
     

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