Protube has a history of being the go-to jailbroken YouTube app, it has been around for long enough to basically become the default YouTube app for jailbreakers. Born out of the need for more options like downloadable videos and selectable playback quality, now it has made it’s way over to the App Store and competing with other apps like Jasmine by Jason Morrissey the developer of Alien Blue or the official YouTube app from Google. With it’s power-user feature set along with the elegantly designed user-interface it won’t have any problems contending, especially once people discover the offline playlists. At $2.99 with no annoying ads or popups ProTube hits the sweet spot in terms of price versus usability. Having the ability to select anywhere from 144p to 1080p and then download it for offline viewing later warrants a higher price tag, tack that onto the fact you can even stream audio in an optimized 256kbps quality which uses low bandwidth and you’ve got yourself an incredibly powerful YouTube player for less than your cup of joe in the morning., so go show some support for an awesome jailbreak developer and buy his app, you will not be disappointed!
An easy swipe to the right will slide over the current card-like view you’re on and bring up the familiar side menu. Here you have access to your account information like Subscriptions, Activity, Uploads and Playlists, along with your Pinned Playlists and some general Categories. It’s very easy to quickly swipe right and navigate to where you want without much fuss or fumbling around a bunch of menus. The only issue I’ve ran into is setting the default homepage as my playlists, it always wants to default to the popular category for some reason, it’s not enough of an annoyance to even bother him with though — if he ends up reading this and fixes it all the better — I’m just happy with the product I’ve got.
Here is a peek into settings where you can set up ProTube just the way you like it. You can set the homepage to default to whatever you would prefer, along with toggling safe search if you don’t want to see videos that aren’t appropriate for kids etc. There is also a little landscape orientation toggle which allows you to use the app in more than just portrait mode, this is really nice on the iPhone 6 and 6 plus with the extra screen real estate. Clearing the caches is also a really neat feature that he’s implemented because there are a lot of things that actually get cached when browsing and watching videos on YouTube, it can quickly add up if you’re not careful and take up that precious storage space on your device – clearing the cache is simple way to prevent this.
Under playback settings you are able to set the default playback quality which is very handy if you always want it to be 1080p or whatever you’d like really. I personally have it set to 480p on my new set up because I don’t always need great quality and if I need it I can always set it when playing a video as well. AutoPlay and Auto-Fullscreen are fairly self explanatory in that they just do what they say; they aren’t necessary but are nice to have if you want to avoid a few taps here and there every time you want to watch a video. Background playback is where ProTube really shines; the official YouTube app still doesn’t support true background playback, you have to quit the app and then press play again in the Control Center. This is pretty clunky and requires a few extra gestures that it shouldn’t, so if you have the background playback toggle switched on you can simply quit the app and the audio will remain playing without having to go through an extra step.
Where ProTube hides it’s real guns is in it’s ability to make “local playlists”. Let me just let that sit in for a second… Local playlists, as in stored on your device.
You can download the YouTube videos to your device for offline watching at a later time, just make sure when you create a playlist you have the “Local Playlist” toggle set to on like I have in the screenshot above and you’re all good. There are other apps that come and go from the App Store that have allowed you to download Youtube videos but none of them can claim many of ProTube‘s features let alone it’s stunningly beautiful user interface.
This app has definitely made me fall in love with YouTube all over again; I spent entirely too much time watching random videos and an embarrassing amount of Starcraft FPVODs so the magic of it was lost to me a long time ago. I’ve always been a fan of ProTube in Cydia, but it has now replaced the YouTube app for me permanently on my main driver.
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