Why does the YouTube app play better quality than the Safari version of YouTube?

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  1. Big.Mac.Daddy, Aug 19, 2012
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    Big.Mac.Daddy macrumors 6502a

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    I use the stock YouTube app to watch a video and it looks ok.

    Then I go to the mobile youtube site through safari, click on video that I was just watching on the YouTube app but the quality is now bad :mad:

    Ive taken screenshots while using both and the Safari ones are definitely lower quality. :(

    Why is this? Does YouTube do this on purpose?

    I'm on wifi btw.
     
  2. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    Have you clicked the "HQ" button to play it in high quality?
     
  3. Big.Mac.Daddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. HQ is on.

    Video quality is worse on the Safari version of YouTube compared to the YouTube app. I verified this with taking screenshots while watching both.
     
  4. QuarterSwede, Aug 19, 2012
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    As far as I understand the YouTube app uses HD quality (downconverted for the iPhone) while the mobile web app uses HQ.

    And no, you're not crazy. At the very least the YouTube app definitely pulls in a higher quality stream. It's almost impossible to pick out compression artifacts while in the web app it's clear.

    To be honest it won't matter much sooner as the YouTube app is gone in iOS 6.
     
  5. RotaryP7 macrumors 6502a

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    Really? So we have to actually input youtube on safari? :confused:
     
  6. sentinelsx macrumors 68010

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    Not for long as google will simply put up the app on appstore for download.
     
  7. RotaryP7 macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, alright cool. Just wondering.
     
  8. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

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    Will the downloadable app be updated and more advanced/better?
     
  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    So far yep. It's not hard to add a shortcut to your home screen though and the web app is quite good so it's not a huge deal.

    That's a total assumption.
     
  10. SR71 macrumors 68000

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    It is not an assumption. Google has stated they will be releasing their own YouTube app into the app store.
     
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    You're assuming it'll be the same or similar app. Most of their current apps are simple frontends for their web apps.
     
  12. SR71 macrumors 68000

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    No, I'm simply stating that it is not an assumption, but rather a fact that they will be putting their own YouTube app into the App Store. It could very well be a simple front-end, but if they go the way of their Google+ app, it could turn out to be a MUCH better app than the one that was included on iOS prior to iOS 6.

    Here's the quote from Apple about YouTube being removed in iOS 6:
    Google reiterated the same with a YouTube spokesperson saying the following:
    Source: The Verge
     
  13. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Lets hope it's of the caliber of Google+ but I'm skeptical. They still think their Gmail app is acceptable. Not for me it isn't.
     
  14. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    You can use TubeBox instead of Safari, it's a great YouTube app. You can cache your videos too.
     
  15. SR71 macrumors 68000

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    The way I see it is that they will see that their design and the changes they made to make the Google+ app on iOS faster, smoother, and all around better have resulted in users liking the app and even giving it 5-star ratings for the current version of the Google+ app, as opposed to their Gmail app that only has a 3-star rating. I feel that once Google saw that users didn't like their Gmail app being just a front-end to the web UI and that it resulted in poor ratings, it then got them thinking "How do we make a better app that users will genuinely like to use?" This then put them on the course for designing the newly redesigned Google+ app for iPhone and iPad.

    Likewise, I think that in seeing these 5-star ratings for their Google+ app will motivate them to use the same design choice to create a fast, smooth, feature-packed, and reliable YouTube app that will also get 5-star ratings.

    And who knows, maybe Apple is also involved in the design for the YouTube app, as they know it is a highly used app and want it to work well with their devices.

    We'll just have to wait and see.
     
  16. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Indeed.
     
  17. sentinelsx macrumors 68010

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    They are going to figure a way to put ads in their app. With a built in youtube that was impossible.

    A youtube app will definitely show up in app store.
     

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