1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar


    Just nearing the end of last year, iOS developer Jonas Gessner released his highly popular ProTube for YouTube application on the iOS App Store with the ability to save YouTube videos to a local playlist that could be viewed offline. It was just about the best way to experience YouTube on a non-jailbroken device. It is worth noting that Gessner has offered a jailbreak version of ProTube for a number of years now with full video download and import functionality.

    Unfortunately, although things looked to be off to a good start for Gessner, it looks as though the developer has just been forced to pull ProTube from the App Store temporarily due to internal controversy having to do with the local playlist feature. Gessner notes that he needs to follow the YouTube terms of service in order for Apple to accept his application in the App Store, and right now, his user-loved functionality isn't playing nice with Apple's rules or Google's rules for that matter.



    Gessner plans to re-release his ProTube for YouTube application in the iOS App Store again once everything has been straightened out with Apple, although he does comment that the re-submitted version of the application is likely to lose the local playlist feature, which unfortunately means no more saving videos for offline viewing. This will make the application a lot more like many of those other third-party YouTube applications out there, only it will continue to have the snazzy new interface that users have seemed to love since ProTube for YouTube's release in the iOS App Store.

    Luckily, for those that already own ProTube for YouTube from the iOS App Store, the application will remain in the users' possession with the local playlist functionality. The developer recommends not updating to the latest version when it's released if you want to continue to be able to save videos to your device for offline viewing, as the new version will disable this functionality to conform with Google's rules.

    For those that are still looking for YouTube video downloading functionality, ProTube is still available in Cydia for $1.99, although it hasn't yet been optimized for the retina HD displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The interface still remains a bit dated as of this point in time, but functionally, everything seems to work as expected, even on the latest devices running iOS 8.

    So with another gem lost from the iOS App Store, we can't help but sigh. Luckily, Cydia isn't going anywhere any time soon.

    Sources: Jonas Gessner
    2015-01-16 06:08 PM
  2. Jahooba's Avatar
    I think we all knew this would happen.
    2015-01-17 01:30 AM
  3. exNavy's Avatar
    MxTube FTW!
    2015-01-17 03:03 AM
  4. Jj2345's Avatar
    Yeah we all knew this would happen,YouTube just won't allow us download any content,they suck
    2015-01-17 03:34 AM
  5. KartRacer's Avatar
    For those that are still looking for YouTube video downloading functionality, ProTube is still available in Cydia for $1.99, although it hasn't yet been optimized for the retina HD displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

    Neither has the version that was pulled off the store. It was never updated to have the larger screens in mind, it still displays as a 5S app. It would have been nice if he had updated it to take advantage of the screens before it got pulled.
    2015-01-17 06:26 AM
  6. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
    Is there a way to exclude my version from being updated?

    Edit: I use auto update.
    Last edited by SpiderManAPV; 2015-01-17 at 07:55 AM.

    ......beware......
    Just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
    2015-01-17 06:56 AM
  7. WHUDS's Avatar
    Is there a way to exclude my version from being updated?

    Edit: I use auto update.
    buy ASUDATE HIDER, it works cydia

    I started using it because I have an app that was full version for free and last year it changed to trial and apple has allowed the developer to take away your free full version in the update.
    2015-01-17 03:15 PM
  8. xWalmartCandyx's Avatar
    MxTube FTW!
    MxTube on the AppStore can't download videos and the cydia version isn't compatible with iOS 8 and the two apps aren't even related to each other LOL
    2015-01-17 06:06 PM
  9. studderman's Avatar
    buy ASUDATE HIDER, it works cydia

    I started using it because I have an app that was full version for free and last year it changed to trial and apple has allowed the developer to take away your free full version in the update.
    Turn off auto update! This is the only reason i have auto update off, i feel its my device an should b able to control whats on it 100%, if Apple messes up the appstore version, simply buy it from Cydia, I did
    2015-01-18 02:41 PM
  10. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
    It already came out and updated before I was able to get to it

    ......beware......
    Just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
    2015-01-18 05:40 PM
  11. uri8472's Avatar
    Could someone please explain to me how what business it is of the store front owner (in this case, Apple) to enforce someone else's term-of-service? I don't don't think Apple should be doing anything of the sort, as it's clearly a matter between the app developer and YouTube/Google.
    2015-01-18 06:58 PM
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