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MyTube 1.5 gets new look and themes for some stylish YouTube playback

YouTube is one of those indispensable services on mobile these days, especially if you want to watch anything that is the current buzz. While Windows Phone users don’t have an official app any longer, there are some nifty third party ones out there that do it better. One of those is MyTube.

Today, version 1.5 has gone live in the store, a free update for the 99 cent app. It brings along with it a bunch of new features and even a new look. We have all the details from the developer, Christopher Blackman, so read on for the skinny.

MyTube 1.5.0.3

  • New tile, title bar, logo and color scheme design
  • Titles for each panel are now shown in the title bar, which is also now persistent
  • New themes with red/grey by default. Users can find various layouts under Settings, including using your Accent color
  • Improved audio-only stream for the background audio (uses less data, faster to load)
  • The app now requests higher memory allocation from the OS, so less running out of memory and crashing on 512MB devices
  • Fixed Google+ comment loading issues
  • Issues with offline playlists fixed
  • Users on 1GB devices are now allowed to use "very high" thumbnail quality option
  • Fixed crashing with the "Open in myTube" feature
  • Enabling the "force HTTPS connection" in the playback settings may help the app work well on some mobile carriers

In playing around with 1.5, we really like the changes. As you can see in our lede photo, we opted for the YouTube theme of red/white, which does go a long way to make it feel like an official app. Other themes include classic, default, default light, default dark. We also really like the new Tile and logo, as it is much cleaner looking.

The audio only stream improvement should go a long way in making that unique feature even better than before.

Overall, MyTube still ranks as one of our must-have YouTube apps for Windows Phone. Its developer has been really focused on bringing unique features and a clean design through frequent updates, something that makes the 99 cent investment worth it.

Pick up MyTube here in the Store for Windows Phone 8.

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MyTube 1.5 gets new look and themes for some stylish YouTube playback

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I didn't like it much either to be honest. But as I used the app more I got used to it and don't mind it. Now it looks good to me.

Heh, I've been growing away from it for a while now. With the new design, it especially doesn't fit anymore. The category page's days are numbered (sad to say because I got the idea from a really nice person a long time ago).

I know, I followed the prompts, and even if it didn't prompt you, its not my first rodeo, but unfortunately it still doesn't change anything.

The design language is pretty lose. And there are very few apps that has the small visual effects that this app has. Just compare the fast forward function in this app with for example Xbox Music, which one do you prefer? None of Microsofts own apps has the overall fluid feel this app has, and MS should work on this through out the entire OS, its all in the little details and that is why for example iOS feels so smoth. Nuff said.

The title bar is an example on how WP apps should look like. I thnik that some of the titles are to big and wasting screen space, People hub for example.

Unofficial apps, on many occasions, are much better than the official ones. 6tag, which is an unofficial Instagram client, is a better app than the official one, even those on iOS and Android. Besides, we always want more developers here and supporting them by buying their apps makes it better and easier for them to keep working here so they can offer us more great stuff. I love buying apps.

Why does everyone point to tag? I've uninstalled that app three times because on launce it inexplicably cuts my music off! Rudys 6vine has the option, nice touch!

Maaaaaaybe lol. Allowing users to take copyrighted content outside of the app will also give them the ability to share that content with others, and I'm not 100% if that's something I'd want to do.

No Risk No Fun!!!!!  Hhhhh Dont rush into decisions! Hhhh Anyways, thank you for making it free, i am sure 95% of the users are broke 18yr olds but would spend the dollar first on myTube, like I did. 

Eh...i like the older UI...it was way more slick and appealing. This one doesn't seem as polished and pretty. I still think its the best Youtube app that we have tho, so no complaints there.

For 1080p videos, the video and audio are served as two different streams by Google. Windows Phone has no native way to bring these two streams together. So the app can either play the video stream with no audio, or the audio stream with no video, but not both at the same time :(

On the bright side, the audio stream came in handy for the background audio feature.

Maybe, but it's not there in WinRT 8.1 either. I won't get my hopes up :(. If I could find an H.264 MediaStreamSource for Silverlight or WPF, I may find the answer. Guess it's time to start back Googling for it lol.

From one of our other articles:

"One stream is for video, while the other stream is for the audio. Windows Phone has no native way to bring the two streams together into one, so myTube (or any other YouTube apps) won’t be supported 1080p videos from YouTube anytime soon. This is also a limitation in WinRT, so don’t expect 1080p support in the Windows 8 version of myTube."

Love this app, use it daily, so this update great. However, I still have one issue (though this may be due to my carrier) I can't load any videos on mobile data. Every time I try to, I get a tethering message from ThreeUK. Does anyone know a work around, or is the only option to contact my carrier?

Thanks for the tip!! It's working perfectly now. I read about HTTPS in the article, but since I couldn't find it in the settings, I just assumed it was enabled by default. I can finally use myTube when I'm out, guess I have no use for Metrotube now.

The beta has 1080p video(I'm on it and its awesome!!) but sound doesn't work because audio plays on a different stream and wp cannot support that.

now im w8ing WPCentral to support myTube, when i klick on video i get the chance to choose myTube... this looks better and its even faster than MetroTube

 

and when WPCentral does the same style as this myTube and support it, ill put 5 star to windows phone store for WPCentral and ill buy this myTube

I'm not sure if it does much else. It's probably using SSL encryption and handshaking to help protect your data... or something lol. Maybe someone who knows more about the protocol could help lol.

I hate to ask this, but due to the recent updates for both apps, which is better MetroTube or myTube? Are there benefits to one rather than the other? And finally, do either allow me to watch videos not available for mobile on my Lumia 920?

Mytube is better, but the new UI is ugly. I like the older UI better. It seemed more polished and slick. This new one is very amateur looking.

Haven't used the beta. I've tried signing up a few times but never got an invite. When u say "This UI..." do you mean the beta or the new design in this update? If you mean the new update, I am basing my opinion on using it in "real life", not just screenshots.

I love mytube :) I use it everyday to catch up on tech videos (like mobiletechreview,MKBHD, and Detroitborg lol). Its uniqueness is easy to love. Good job developer.

I don't understand, why isn't there any YouTube app that displays annotations and captions? Does Google enforce restrictions on WP or is it simply something which developers don't care about?

I like how they have the option to open YouTube links with myTube now... Always hated when I clicked on a YouTube link and had to watch it in the browser

I don't know...i think this UI is a step backwards. The older one seemed more polished and professional. This one seems more basic and amateur-ish. Just my opinion, tho.
EDIT: As I re-read my post, I feel that the use of the word "amateur-ish" comes off as insulting, and for that I apologize to the dev for. That wasn't my intent. So I will throw in the usual "for lack of better term" disclaimer until someone can suggest a better term. Sorry, Chris. And I'd like to say, that its still the best, and the only Youtube app on my phone.

Prefer the classic design to the new one...the best youtube app for me on any platform (better than the best on ios and android).
and i just bought this..good stuff chris

You can switch back to classic design. Or switch to youtube design. Thats the one im Using now. Makes it seem like an official app

Try mytube. I switched a month ago. The ability to play youtube videos in the,background kills metrotube. Also mytube plays more videotypes.

Superb! Love the option to turn the style into regular Youtube! Love the background music player! Love how its as smooth and animated as a native app! Microsoft look at this dev if you want to show other devs have to make amazing apps for WP. Nothing like this exists on Android or iOS!

I am enjoying the new UI. My only feedback would be to make the motion a little more subtle. I fear it will run the cycle of 'cool,' 'cute,' 'annoying' otherwise. Nice work.

superb!! Never regret bought it!

the update bring more faster performance and smooth animation

good job for the developer

I love it

Wow! That was a good looking app. I've been using metrotube the whole time but now I'm gonna buy this app. Metrotube feels outdated after using mytube.

Are the "default" and "default (dark)" themes the same? I couldn't see any difference between the two.

Been with that app since the very begginning, never switched, best youtube client over here. Thanks a lot for your work ;)