Sep 18, 2013
App Awareness: iTube + YouTube = The Best Free On-Demand Music App Ever?

When it comes to streaming music on your mobile device, there aren’t many free options for on-demand listening. Many of the apps with the largest music database also charge a fee for non-radio services. You might turn to YouTube, where you can almost always find the song you’re looking for. But this has its own problems: You can’t open any other apps and you can’t turn off your screen, or the song will stop playing. If you use YouTube as a music service, you may want to check out iTube for free in the app store.

iTube is a playlist managing service for YouTube videos, and they’ve just released their 2.0 version. It isn’t too different from the 1.0 version, but it’s still a major improvement in terms of usability. For starters, you can now shuffle songs in your playlists. They’ve also fixed background playing so it’s easier to multitask on your phone while listening to music.

The app works by caching videos, which means you can listen to songs even when you don’t have cell phone reception or are in airplane mode (make sure all of the videos have been cached before you test this out). As a bonus, the lock screen lets you skip forward and backward and even displays the YouTube thumbnail.

Within the app, you can search for lyrics of a song or star your favorites for later. The search function resembles similar apps’ interfaces, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Log into YouTube to see your favorites, history, and videos saved for later. Finally, if you’re in a music discovery mood, check out the top 100 videos in any given genre under the “Top 100” heading in the playlists screen.

iTube Free is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. For $0.99, you can upgrade to the ad-free version, iTube Pro.

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