One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.
This week’s pick is Jasmine – YouTube Client. Just as the name indicates, Jasmine is a superb YouTube client app for the iPad (and iPhone). If you sign in, it supports your favorites, playlists (and managing playlists), and subscriptions, and lets you post comments and replies on videos.
The app also has AirPlay support, lets you share videos via Facebook and Twitter, and remembers your place when you return to a longer video.
What really sets this app apart is its lovely, clean interface. It’s smooth and quick and makes it easy to find all the content that most interests you.
The app’s main nav bar offers up one-tap access to Search, Browse, Favorites, Playlists, Subscriptions, and your Recently Played history.
When you choose to browse you can do so by sections like Featured, Trending, Top Rated, and Most Viewed; or browse by channels. Channels are categories covering popular topics.
In the app’s settings you can quickly adjust brightness and select a night theme if the default light grey is not pleasing to you. You can also easily toggle back and forth between the two themes with just a few taps without even going to settings.
The app was recently updated and had a couple features removed due to requests from YouTube / Google. Here are the details from the last update:
✤ The Bad:
These changes were requested by YouTube/Google Inc.
x Removed Automatic “Background Audio” playback. Native to iOS, this can still be invoked manually by double-tapping the home button, swiping right and hitting play
x Removed customisable skip/rewind controls
x Switched to YouTube compliant playback (adds 1-2 seconds to video load times and limits refinement around playlist auto-queueing)
✤ The Good:
✓ Drastic improvements to available videos
✓ Added “Preferred Quality” selection to Playback Settings
✓ Added “Watch Later” list in Playlists section
✓ Added “My Videos” for content producers
✓ Added timestamp to videos
✓ Fixed: Missing videos from playlists
There’s an In-App purchase option for a Pro upgrade at $1.99 – this adds a parental controls feature.
I was never a fan of the built-in YouTube app (which was removed in iOS 6) and I’d say Jasmine is a far nicer YouTube client.
Here’s an App Store link for Jasmine.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.
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