YouTube Becomes Top Grossing iPhone App for the First Time

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    YouTube today achieved a milestone, becoming the Top Grossing Free iPhone app in the U.S. App Store for the first time, according to data app analytics site Sensor Tower shared with TechCrunch.

    Prior to today, the highest ranking YouTube had hit on the Top Grossing charts was #3, and the United States marks the first country where YouTube has reached the number one spot.


    YouTube has been climbing up the Top Grossing charts at a more rapid pace since the 2015 launch of YouTube Red, YouTube's paid service that provides users with ad-free videos, music, and exclusive content. YouTube Red is priced at $9.99 per month.

    Sensor Tower says YouTube grossed approximately $14 million in February of 2018, a 133 percent year-over-year increase from last year. In March, YouTube has already earned $12 million, with iOS revenue up 150 percent year-over-year.

    YouTube's App Store revenue does not include the money YouTube brings in through YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming, Google Play, rental purchases, or money. It's limited to YouTube Red and Super Chat, a feature that allow viewers to tip content creators during live streams.

    Article Link: YouTube Becomes Top Grossing iPhone App for the First Time
  2. yanksfan114 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    Probably helps they’re killing all the alternative apps one by one. RIP ProTube. You’re next TubeX
  3. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    Mm how is Google doing that? Apple controls the App store.
  4. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Is YouTube Red going to cover the ad insertions that Google announced today? Or is that a new higher tier charge on top of YouTube Red?
  5. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I know some people like the YouTube t.v. platform etc. I view regular YouTube feed sometimes, and I am fine with that. The way that YouTube and Google inject tracking and ads everywhere is rather abhorrent to me, even though I can block most of it.
  6. NIKKG macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2012
    If anyone has Android, install iYPTB app from XDA and thank me later. If your device is unrooted, DL the vanced version. You'll never go back.
  7. Danoc, Mar 21, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018 at 6:48 AM
  8. Kabeyun macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    By reminding them that apps allowing saving of offline YouTube content violates Google’s TOS.

    Agreed. Never forget that with Google, you’re the product.
  9. fairuz macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2017
    San Francisco, USA
    They send cease and desist letters. I mean, they're totally in the right because ProTube and others were violating ToS.
  10. now i see it macrumors 68000

    Jan 2, 2002
    It's funny (or creepy) how Google tracks you through their services. The other day I searched on Google Maps for the phone numbers of the nearby Holiday Inn Express hotel and Crown Plaza hotel. Ever since then, my video ads (on any random video) have been for Holiday Inn Express and Crown Plaza hotels. Makes me not want to use Google products any more. It's back to Duck Duck Go.
  11. Salvor Hardin macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2013
    This made be curious so I looked it up and the Youtube/Google employee said exactly that is being done to “frustrate and seduce” users into subscribing, no Google this simply makes me want to go out of my way to find even more workarounds for your crummy ads. With how they bully 3rd party YT apps off the App Store I wonder how long until they start doing shady **** to prevent Android devices from being able to run similar apps. I wonder how many requests/demands they send to Apple weekly to remove the background video playback feature in iOS.
  12. Mansu944 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2012
  13. macsba macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2015
    Next to my Mac.
    I've been using DuckDuckGo for the last 4 or 5 years.
  14. anek007 macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2014

    It’s in safari not google for me. I search for a sim card pop freedom for my parents. Every website or forum I go that has ads shows pop freedom. It’s been going on for 3 weeks now.
  15. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    The screenshot shown here is just the top free apps, and not top grossing. The top grossing section was removed my Apple in iOS 11. Can anyone using iOS 10 confirm this post?
  16. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    That's because search is powered by Google.
  17. max2 macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
    Get Adguard
  18. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    now if they can include a privacy respecting no tracking option with that YouTube Red maybe I consider seriously signing up.
  19. Salvor Hardin macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2013
    The thought of them doing that makes me cringe but having a Google Privacy. Tier TM seems like something they’re do.
  20. Berti10 macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2012
    All Apps listed in the photo are either Facebook or Google; despite Snapchat.
  21. c0ppo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2013
    Youtube still isn't profitable. And their profits are plummeting even further in the last year or so. Even channels that don't do any political talk (no matter the side) got punished and their revenue removed.

    Too much censorship even for YouTube. Alternative is needed, but this is gonna be hard to accomplish. Video hosting costs money. A lot of money. Google can loose money for as long as they want, a regular Joe can't.

    Combine all of that with googles tracking record, and their privacy policy... Well, next few years will be interesting. But some dream of youtube failing completely, but I simply can't see that happening.
  22. now i see it macrumors 68000

    Jan 2, 2002
    Just as a FYI, I tried YouTube Red for a couple months a while back to check it out. For the subscription price of $13?you get instant playing ad free videos (which is very nice) along with their music subscription Google Play Music.

    It was nice for the few months I tried it out, but since I'm not into music- and I've pretty much binged out on the YouTube vids I wanted to see, $13/mo seemed like a waste of money. Yeah- it's only $13. But it's $156/yr. And that didn't seem worth it. Cancelled it.
  23. fairuz macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2017
    San Francisco, USA
    I have no idea what you're talking about. The only time I've ever seen someone censored or been censored myself (I used to have a channel) was when copyright infringement was involved. The comments section is and always has been unrestricted too, and it's always full of nasty stuff.
  24. yanksfan114 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    By blocking access to these apps for violating their TOS? Have you not even googled the ProTube debacle before commenting? Apple also threatened to take down the app as well anyway.

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