iOS 6 – the latest version of the iPad’s operating system – boasts over 200 new features, but it also takes away a few things. One of the those that has drawn a lot of attention is the built-in YouTube app. That app is no longer around on the iPad or other iDevices that have updated to iOS 6.
I know many people miss the YouTube app, but I have to say I never liked it much at all. I found it had choppy and tough to watch video streaming far too often. For a long time now I’ve used a number of iPad video apps which I think are much better options.
So for any of you who are missing the YouTube app in iOS 6 here’s my suggested list of the best apps to take its place. All of these apps have AirPlay support (except Hulu Plus), some social / sharing elements, and great video content pulled from a great range of sources:
Jasmine: Jasmine is a full-featured YouTube client for iPad and iOS – the closest thing to a straight-up replacement for the old YouTube app in this list. It has a simple, elegant and smooth interface, support for playlists, and is really just a whole lot nicer to use than the YouTube app ever was.
Vodio: Described as a video magazine, Vodio presents you with a series of Channels covering popular video categories – these include Hot 100, Music, Entertainment, Sports, Tech, and Comedy. The channels are shown in a coverflow style interface that’s easy and fun to work with. You swipe left and right to move through the channels, and swipe up and down to browse through the individual videos in each channel. When you’re viewing a video, you can also swipe left and right to move to the next / previous videos.
Squrl: Squrl is an excellent video watching and video discovery app. It pulls from a broad range of sources and lets you create you own playlists and channels. You can queue up videos to watch later in the app or via its cool browser bookmarklet or email. It also makes it easy to see playlists and channels created by others.
Frequency: Another excellent, social and highly customizable video app for the iPad. It pulls from thousands of sources and makes it easy to browse by featured, trending, and channels. It lets you see what your friends are sharing and if you create a free account at frequency.com it will keep all your favorite content available on the web too.
Showyou: This might be the most social of all these video apps for the iPad. It shows you a grid of videos from Facebook and Twitter friends, makes sharing seamless, and lets you follow popular channels as well.
Hulu Plus: A great app for watching popular TV shows – the best of its kind.
Video Time Machine: An incredible, huge vault of over 10,000 hand-picked videos dating back to the 19th century. It has a fun and easy interface that lets you pick a year and, if you want, a category like news, sports, games, TV, ads and lots more and dive into the best of that year. This is just a superbly curated collection and an app that it’s easy to spend hours and hours with.
TED: The iPad app for the excellent TED Talks – described, 100% accurately, as riveting talks by remarkable people. It offers more than 1,100 TEDTalk videos. This is the perfect app for when you want some stimulating, thought provoking videos.
It’s worth noting that 6 out of 8 of these apps are not just great for your video entertainment on the iPad, but are also free.
So that’s my list of the best video apps and YouTube app alternatives for the iPad. What do you all think of it? Which other great video apps did I leave out?
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