How on earth have we become so addicted? To online video, I mean. According to comScore, Americans alone watched 41 billion videos in May 2013. This figure is remarkable on its own, but it seems even more so when you consider that the market-leader — or monopolizer, some may say — YouTube, is only eight years old.
Given the solidity of YouTube’s dominance, and the continuing growth of the online video market, it seems likely that Google‘s video goliath will continue to corner the market for some time to come. It is starting to show its age, though. We live in a world that is rapidly adopting online television as its favoured form of audiovisual entertainment, and although YouTube’s sprawling network provides diversity, it does not provide an ideal environment for the passive viewer. Equally, YouTube’s design has barely changed in years, with only a few Cosmic Panda-inspired tweaks providing some kind of refinement. Even the most hardcore YouTuber could hardly call the site, and its associated apps, pretty.
Rockpack, a new video-based iOS offering, is attempting to add a layer of its own polish on top of YouTube’s massive library of content. Within its stunning interface, Rockpack offers up YouTube’s content in a channel-focused way, as well as offering an independent, in-app video sharing network. Is a snazzy interface and a copycat network really enough to elevate Rockpack above its parent platform, though?
When Apple decided to remove the YouTube app in iOS 6, I can’t say I was very heartbroken. The app was rarely updated, didn’t function very well and was a tad lacking in features. Nevertheless, if you upgraded to iOS 6 when it was first released near the end of September, you’ve either had to use Safari (or another browser app) or one of the many unofficial YouTube apps (Jasmine being the best option) to get your video content; that is, until now.
In a recent update to the iPhone version, the official third-party YouTube app finally gained iPad support. After spending some time with the app, I’m ready let you know if it’s been worth the wait. (more…)
IOS 6 removed YouTube from the operating system’s default apps. At first, people thought this would be a major problem. After all, Google isn’t the most reliable iOS developer out there. Fortunately for iPhone users, the developers created a nice alternative to the original YouTube app and released it just over a week before iOS 6 was released. But it’s limited and has ads, so what about something a bit less restricting? But that’s for iPhone users, so what about the iPad?
Several individual developers have brought YouTube clients to Apple’s tablet with most of them being poorly developed or only halfway there. However, there is a nice-looking alternative from developer Jason Morrissey, creator of Alien Blue, a Reddit client for the iPhone and iPad. He’s named it Jasmine, and it’s free, but exactly how good is it? (more…)
Venting your frustration or publicising your praise on the internet has become a popular pastime for many people around the world. According to Nielsen’s BlogPulse, at the time of this writing, there are over 161 million public blogs on the internet – with over 62,000 created in just the past twenty-four hours.
That’s a huge number and I would guess that the quantity of iPad owners who are included in those figures are not a minority.
Since its original launch last year, the iPad, through its wide catalogue of applications, has moved from being seen as a purely consumption-based device to one that can be used to create original content. However, the lack of great blogging applications disappointed me, especially since the iPad is the primary tablet and is used as a mobile workstation by many.
The official WordPress application is okay, but it’s not amazing. And the alternatives aren’t that great either, even if they do come with a price tag. I don’t think it’s the iPad’s fault, I rather like the touch keyboard and have become used to it in my year of use. It’s just difficult to understand why I can’t create real, rich blog posts from my tablet…