Yesterday the “official” YouTube app for Windows Phone was reverted back to a glorified bookmark to the mobile site. Any hope we had for an official app from Google has been on hold for the time being. Luckily there are a few really great YouTube apps made by 3rd party developers. Let’s take a look at our top 3.
MetroTube is one of the original YouTube apps for Windows Phone, and it is still great. There are tons of great features, but the single best feature that puts MetroTube above every other YouTube app I’ve used is preloaded videos.
Want to watch a video without an internet connection? Simply click the “preload” button on every video page when you do have an internet connection and it will download in the background. Now you can watch it whenever and wherever you want.
myTube is the newest app in my list. The coolest feature of this app is the ability to play only the audio from a video in the background. This means you can listen to music videos and still use other apps throughout the phone. myTube also has the ability to download videos like MetroTube.
The only knock I have with myTube is the navigation. It can be a little confusing to use for the first time since some of the features are not obvious to find. Once you get the hang of it it’s very easy.
PrimeTube bills itself as the most elegant way to access YouTube. It has a very modern and attractive UI, but this app is more than just pretty. The feature that sets it apart is the ability to switch between in-app player and native player. Why would you want to do that?
Sometimes in 3rd-party YouTube apps the video player doesn’t work correctly. Instead of waiting for the issue to be resolved, or go look the video up on the mobile site, you can just switch to the native video player.
What is your favorite YouTube app? Did we miss any other YouTube apps? Let us know in the comments below!