Until Google decides to play nice (or when Hell freezes over), many of us are relying on high-quality third-party solutions for YouTube playback on Windows mobile devices.
myTube is one such solution, available up until now as a WP8.1 and Windows 8.1 app. Ryken Apps is updating myTube for Windows 10, complete with a raft of new benefits.
myTube for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile is available in the Windows Store in Beta. Ryken Apps consistently discusses the project with myTube users in-app, soliciting feedback directly in comments and via polls.
Here's the changelog, some features are currently available to Windows 10 desktop users only:
- Updated design for Windows 10
- DLNA Casting (Windows 10)
- Subscribe to channels directly from the video details
- Subscribing now takes place much faster
- Subscription list now makes better use of space on large screen devices
- Copy video links easily (Windows 8.1 and Windows 10)
- Add videos to watch later list directly from notification (Windows 10)
- Use Alt + Enter to enter full screen (Windows 10 desktops)
- Select multiple videos in a list, and play them as a playlist
- New live tile design (Windows 10)
- More battery efficient and reliable live tiles (Windows 10)
- Fixes issue where video thumbnails disappeared after refreshing a list (Windows 10)
The Windows 10 Mobile version has a couple of bugs that come with the Insider Preview. Casting currently isn't working as intended, and users might experience problems with high-res video playback.
If you haven't used myTube before, it ranks amongst the best YouTube apps available for Windows Phone and Windows for various reasons. It is one of the only apps which allows you to upload your videos to YouTube directly. You can use myTube to listen to videos even while outside of the app on Windows Phone, and download them for viewing without a data connection. Additionally, myTube completely bypasses all of Google's ads, even those pesky unskippable ones.
If you're going to download myTube on your PC, it is designed with touch in mind, but it's more than capable with a mouse and keyboard setup. You can use the scroll wheel to cycle through the different elements, and mouse over the edges of the app to cycle between its menus and video view. You can cycle backwards through your usage using the back button in the title bar, which simulates the back button on phones and small tablets.
If you want to support the developer and jump straight onto a 100% stable build, consider picking up current release using the link below. I've been following myTube for a long time, and the developer is consistent with updates and responding to user feedback.
Are you a myTube user? Let us know what you think of it in the comments!
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