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6 Apps for a Better YouTube Experience

6 Apps for a Better YouTube Experience

The first movie ever made was produced in 1878. Technology has changed significantly over the last 150 years. Most movies are viewed online through YouTube, Netflix and other movie sites.

Online video sites have made watching videos easier than ever. These sites have:

  • Allowed people to watch movies without leaving their home
  • Opened the door for amateur producers to post their own videos
  • Created more social movie experiences, since people could comment on videos posted by others
  • Easily edit videos to create new takes

While sites like YouTube have changed the way we consume video content, new changes are still on the horizon. New apps are also changing the way we interact with online videos.

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Here are some of the best online video apps.

1. MyTube

MyTube allows you to watch YouTube videos from your Windows Phone and other smartphone devices. However, there are other great benefits of it.

Have you ever watched a YouTube video and accidentally closed it while browsing other ones? MyTube has a unique solution. It allows you to play videos in the background, while searching for new ones. MyTube also has some of the most seamless browsing capabilities of any YouTube app.

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2. Jasmine

Do you find that some parts of the day are better for watching videos than others? This is because most devices don’t adjust for changes in ambient light in the surrounding area. This is one of the reasons Jasmine is such an amazing app. It adjusts for lighting differences, so you can have the same, slick experience throughout the day.

Of course, there are plenty of other benefits of Jasmine. It also:

  • Enables you to create comprehensive and easily searchable playlists
  • View recently played video clips from your main dashboard
  • Doesn’t provide any additional ads (although you still need to deal with the ones that YouTube displays)

Jasmine is one of the best apps for providing a consistent, quality YouTube experience.

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3. GreenMP3

How often do you come across an amazing video that you want to save? Unfortunately, YouTube doesn’t make it easy to save videos as MP3 files. You will need to use a third-party app. GreenMP3 is one of the best apps for converting YouTube videos to MP3 files. The service is new, but it’s already challenging Jasmine and other tools that offer MP3 video conversion features.

4. Vodio

YouTube may be the most popular video sharing site, but it doesn’t have every video on the web. In fact, many YouTube videos aren’t allowed, due to the site’s strict policy guidelines. If you want to access videos that aren’t available on YouTube, you should look for a broader video viewing app. Vodio is great, because it aggregates videos from other sources, such as Daily Motion.

5. Tube Player

If you use an iPhone, Tube Player offers the best video viewing experience, hands down. Here are some reasons Tube Player is so popular among iPhone users:

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  • You can easily change the video controls with your finger.
  • You have very nimble control over the volume of your videos.
  • You can change frames in ten second intervals, which is a greater level of precision than most other video apps.
  • You can control the background audio.

Tube Player is available for free on Google Play.

6. YouTube Capture

Sharing your own videos on YouTube isn’t easy with the base app. YouTube Capture is a wonderful supplement. You can use the app to immediately share videos as you capture them on your mobile device. You can also easily share videos that you find on Vine, Instagram and other social sharing sites. It is a great app that makes video sharing easier than ever.

Conclusion

YouTube and other video sites have made it easier than ever for us to enjoy great videos. However, the functionality of these sites themselves is limited, especially for mobile users. Fortunately, there plenty of great apps that you can use to enjoy a seamless online video experience.

Featured photo credit: Johnny Mckane / Pexels via pexels.com

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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