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YouTube on the AppleTV and the iPhone

By Sparky | July 8, 2007

YouTube logoI’m never was a terribly heavy YouTube user but now that it’s both always in my pocket and on the nice Audio/Video system at home I find myself filling a spare moment here and there with random videos. Most of these videos fall into one of four categories – cute, funny, cute and funny, or the largest category: paper-thin mid-to-post teens producing mostly random and meaningless content. I’m not entirely sure if the world is a better place having been subjected to the last category but I’d rather have crappy user created content be king than populate an internet based on censorship where such drivel isn’t permitted.

Content gamut aside one of the things that has struck me as odd over my past week of using my iPhone is how differently implemented the YouTube application is on my iPhone versus my AppleTV. They both allow for the browsing of a partial selection of the YouTube library streamed directly from the internet, but they both have some features the other lacks. Here is a breakdown of client-specific features that have puzzled me:

AppleTV:

iPhone:

All in all I think YouTube was a great addition to both product offerings, but I’m puzzled as to the disparity in the feature lists. I will be interested to see if future software updates for both platforms bring their feature sets closer together. Google’s “cloud of data” and Apple’s experience in creating engaging and intuitive user interfaces making for a market juggernaut that will be hard to beat.

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Topics: Apple, Cellphones, Gadgets, Internet, Reviews, Software, Technology, Video, Vodcasting, Web gems, iPhone | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “YouTube on the AppleTV and the iPhone”

  1. Jeff Says:
    July 8th, 2007 at 10:17 am

    This might be a workaround for signing in to youtube with your google account.

    First visit gmail and login to get your cookie, then paste this link into your browser:
    http://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=youtube&continue=http://www.youtube.com/signup&passive=true

    It worked for me.

  2. Sparky Says:
    July 8th, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for the tip – I’m giving it a try right now!

  3. Sparky Says:
    July 8th, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Sadly logging in via a browser did nothing to ‘log in’ the iPhone’s YouTube application. Since it is a full thick client experience I doubt if it’s even aware of the browser, and much less its own browser heritage.

  4. Brian Says:
    March 15th, 2009 at 1:19 am

    There is another way for you to view your account. Just go to youtube mobile and from there you can view your favs, read and write comments and pretty much do anything with your account that you can do on the actual site. When you click on a video it just plays through the video player and goes right back to where you left off on the page. I have bookmarked it as an app so it shows up on the desktop. It does not play all the videos, but most of them, and since it is set up for mobile it loads up really quick. You can also play those few that dont work by using a site called video hamster which loads up flash based videos and plays them back in an iphone friendly format. Hope this helps.