Popular YouTube app myTube gets awesome update for Windows Phone 8
While Microsoft and Google hash out the details on the official app YouTube app for Windows Phone we’ll keep enjoying the solid third-party alternatives in the Windows Phone Store. Metrotube and myTube top the list of our favorite YouTube apps on Windows Phone. Relative newcomer myTube just picked up a big update that adds some killer features. YouTube videos playing their audio in the background anyone?
If you head to the Store and update to version 18.104.22.168 of myTube you’ll be greeted with some really awesome tricks. The biggest new feature is the ability to play the audios from videos in the background. So if there’s a crazy cool electronic dance music mix that clocks in at 45 minutes or a lecture you’re studying you can totally listen to it while doing other things on your phone. The audio plays using the background audio agent in Windows Phone so you’ll be able to use other apps while listening to the audio. It’ll show up in the music controls when you press the volume buttons so you can pause and play from there. Just tap the music icon next to the play button on the video detail page to get it up and running.
This little audio trick really shines when using the app as you would YouTube on your PC or tablet. If you’re using myTube to watch a video and exit for a second to do something else the audio keeps playing in the background. Jump back into myTube and the video will pick up in sync with the audio. This may take a second or two depending on your network connection (the faster the better – that’s not what she said). However, if this is something you’re not a fan of you can disable it in the settings.
Other features in the new myTube include:
- Ability to pin users (uploads or favorites) to the Start screen
- Pin your favorites history and recommended videos
- Share videos from Mehdoh
- Follow comment threads
- Reply directly to comments
- Background video downloads
- Options to share by message and email
- Search for users and search filtering options
- Pin videos to the Start screen
Quite the update for myTube don’t you think? By far the coolest feature is the ability to have the audio continue in the background. Something I’ll most definitely be doing.
You can grab myTube for Windows Phone 8. The app is only $0.99, but does include a free trial that limits you to 1 hour of video within a three hour period. But honestly, it’s a kickass app from one student developer that is worth your dollar. Get it in the Store, by QR code below, or swiping to the right in our app.
Get the Windows Central Newsletter
All the latest news, reviews, and guides for Windows and Xbox diehards.
By Jez Corden
Clearly I do.
I want Fruit Loops... not Fruit Rings. So... I guess my answer is that... no one knows jack about it.
Oh well I just bought them both.
is there any exclusive feature for metro?
i have bought many apps that not available if you set the region to Indonesia.
It should save on battery if that's a concern for you though :D
and... save to sd maybe??? :P (i know it might not possible right now)
maybe make it monochrome until it loads, then light color - loaded, dark - elapsed time
Love the background play feature. Don't think google's app on Android does that. The iOS version (I still have an iphone) won't even let you play your personal playlists (again... could be me not knowing)
Currently I can see my playlists, once I click on it it shows me all the videos in the list and I can't play all videos with a "play all" button if it makes sense. I have to select the first video and once it is over I have to select the next video in the list; it does not start automatically. The MS version of the app and metrotube (metrotube is a lil cranky, can't play the next videowhen the home screen is locked) allow me to do a "play all"
Honestly, your app is probably one of the best across all apps (outside of youtube) in terms of design, flow and creativity (in terms of what you can acheive with the metro). I am hoping this one feature can be added and it would be my youtube default. Currently I use the MS version to play playlists and yours when i am browsing for videos.
Awesome job in making the google app look antiquated.
And thanks a lot for trying out my app :D
When you click on the music button the song is supposed to start from the beginning. Think of it as a start button lol.
It sounds like you're experiencing an isolated bug though, if the audio restarts when you return the app. If you want, you can joiin the beta to help fix the issue :)
Any chance on getting a W8/RT version?
A Windows 8 version is in the works :D