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YouTube to Implement Offline Viewing Mode in iOS App This November

youtube.pngVideo 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.
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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Posted: 11 months ago
Thats good but the feature I want most is being able to choose which resolution it plays at.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 11 months ago
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...
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 11 months ago
Id just be happy if i could get through a 30 seconnd clip without it buffering multiple times...
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 11 months ago
Damn when it will be possible to run youtube in background
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 11 months ago

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.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 11 months ago
Guys seriously ... The solution is an app called mctube .. Offline playing , choosing the resolution , background playing ...etc etc I almost never use YouTube app
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 11 months ago

iOS restriction.


False.

Jasmine had background audio for YouTube video, until Google's legal team forced them to pull it via an update.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 11 months ago

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.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 11 months ago
I'd settle for reliable ONline viewing! Not 5 seconds motion, 10 seconds buffer. My other video apps can keep right on streaming, adapting quality as needed--why not YouTube?

And a suggestion for Google:

You already have pre-roll full-screen ads (many non-skippable, others skippable after a timer), and you have ad strips overlaid on the bottoms of videos. Why not an ad strip across the top, too? And maybe a bar down each side, plus a little ad you have to tap through every time you show/hide the controls? You're leaving money on the table, Google! Your customers (who of course are not users, but advertisers) are crying out for more!
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 11 months ago
I would rather have offline viewing in Google Maps...
Rating: 1 Votes

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