Best OS X YouTube app?

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.
 

Evren Carven

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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.
 

tobefirst

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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.
 

xmichaelp

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

adib

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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.

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.
 
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tobefirst

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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.
 

culb0743

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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.
 
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tanelkarp

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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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LozLoz68

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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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