Enjoy cat videos and more with the Metrotube beta for Windows 8

Some good news for all the Metrotube fans out there! You can now head to the Windows Store and download a beta of the popular third party YouTube application for Winows 8/RT. It’s been a fan favorite since it first launched on Windows Phone what feels like eons ago.

Lazyworm Applications, the mad scientists behind both Metrotube for Windows Phone and Tweetro+ for Windows 8, have finally launched their long anticipated app. The app looks and functions similar to its companion app on Windows Phone. Currently the app is free and the team will be taking money in the form of donations through an in-app payment mechanism. Although since this is a beta, I don't think it's in there just yet.

So how’s the app? Really rad.

Sign in with your YouTube account to get access to all your subscriptions and leave some comments. Next, you’ll probably want to hit up the options under the settings charm and change the preferred streaming quality and your region. Otherwise when you’re watching a video just swipe up or right click to change the playback quality.

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On the homepage you get all your subscriptions on the far right, popular, categories, and then in the remaining space on the right you can add either searches or categories. It’s a little function you’ll recognize if you’re a Tweetro+ user. In a future update I’d like to see the ability to add a specific channel. That way you can quickly see the most recent videos for your favorite YouTube user (like us!).

The live tile will flip through screenshots of recent videos that have been uploaded by people you’ve subscribed to. It’s a handsome tile and a quick way to see what’s new on YouTube. The app itself is beautiful and can easily become your favorite way to consume YouTube videos on your Surface or laptop. It works well either in landscape, portrait, or in the snapped view.

Be sure to play around with the beta and leave feedback for the developers.

You can grab it right here in the Windows Store.

Thanks, Daniel, for the tip!

Sam Sabri