It has been a surprisingly low influx of “official” apps for Windows 8 and there are no signs that this would change quickly. However this has not stopped third party developers from exploiting this vacuum in building their own solutions. Take YouTube for instance. While there may not be any official YouTube app for Windows 8, there are few decent solutions worth looking at.
Your Tube 8 is one such YouTube client for Windows 8 worth checking out if you want to play videos without any clutter of the main website.
Your Tube 8
Now in case you might be wondering why would anyone use a third party app for YouTube on a PC, the default layout of the YouTube website is particularly inconvenient for users of Windows 8 tablets or anyone who wants to just watch the videos without much clutter. Your Tube 8 fits the bill perfectly here. Your Tube 8 is a simple YouTube client that does one job that is intended to do, perfectly – play YouTube videos without clutter.
Your Tube thankfully has a very simple user interface, but I would not go ahead and proclaim it is “beautiful”, there is definitely some scope for improvement. At the start page of the app, you are presented with a grid of videos. You can also select videos among various categories and types apart from being able to search for videos.
Your Tube 8 is available for Windows 8 x64/x86 and Windows RT
The playback interface is well designed however. One cool thing was that every video was played in HTML5, which is really helpful for watching videos with much less fan noise and heat dissipation. The related videos presented in cover flow style is really impressive.
You can also watch videos in full screen. A must have feature would be to share the video via Windows 8 apps, and that is duly implemented. You can also copy the video URL and share the video via Facebook or Twitter with the embedded video options.
I encountered two issues with Your Tube 8. The first one being that the “type” filters often did not work and selecting any random filter like “Top Rated” or “Most Popular” would leave me with no results. The category filters however seemed to work fine.
The second one being with YouTube itself and not the app, that prevented certain videos from being played in the app. The only way to watch them would be to go to the main site. This was especially true with lot of music videos with big labels.
The decision to limit YouTube log in exclusively for the Pro version of the app is pretty annoying as well and this strips off some core YouTube functionality.
The performance of the app was pretty decent and may be because Your Tube 8 played all the videos in HTML5, there were no crashes or stutters. Agreeably improvements to the filters are necessary and the start screen of the app could be designed better. Despite these minor irritants, Your Tube 8 is a very decent stand alone YouTube client which performs it’s task without throwing any tantrums.
The Pro version packs additional features such as YouTube Video downloading, ability to view “watch later” , favourite videos and user uploads apart from bundling a local Media player within the app.
Download: Your Tube 8 Free [5.18 MB]