For those of you that never used the iTube app, it was an extremely popular app on both Android & iOS (iPhone & iPad) that allowed its users to essentially download free music and videos. After downloading, users could access an array of cached videos, which included music, that came straight from YouTube and could be brought together to create playlists. Once the videos had been cached, they could be played anywhere and anytime with no internet connection.
Originally, this app was on the Apple Store and it stayed there for a surprising amount of time before being removed in 2014. Despite the small drawback of not being able to access the video offline (only audio), the app was a favourite for many and the removal from the App Store was a disappointing one. With the official YouTube app, it cannot be played in the background but iTube provided the perfect solution to this. Despite its usefulness, the app remained a free purchase and you could even pay a small fee of just $0.99 to get all the ads removed.
iTube did attempt a relaunch a couple of times but to no success and a similar app also came out called PlayTube. Although this worked for a little while, caching was soon removed which saw its ratings go down and it was eventually pulled. Sadly, there is no app that is similar to the iTube app to be found on any mobile device store without accessing the Cydia store; requiring a jailbreak of the device. It looks as though it might stay this way for some time to come too. With Apple clamping down on what makes it through to the Apple iOS store, it could be a while before we see a program that allows us to cache Youtube videos to play offline! So for now it’s best we stick to YouTube to MP3 Converters.